Darius Rucker has established himself as a successful solo artist in the country music genre, but he is still part of Hootie The Blowfish. Darius tells Billboard that while making country music is his priority, the band isn’t quite done yet.
“There’s one more Hootie record and tour that we’re going to do,” he said. “I don’t know when, because country music is my day job – it’s what I want to do.”
Fans might be surprised to know the band still gets together and plays shows on occasion. “We’ll probably always be a band,” Darius said. “We’ve got two shows in August, we do about four or five dates a year. We’ll do another album and tour for a year, then I’ll be right back to this music.”
As Darius has made the transition from Hootie The Blowfish to a solo artist in country music, he’s been surprised at how songs like “Hold My Hand” have influenced artists in the genre. He just wrapped up a tour with Lady Antebellum who count themselves among his fans.
“It’s amazing to me,” Darius said. “When Charles Kelley and I first met, he sent me a video of him at thirteen with his brother Josh (Kelley) and one of their friends, and they’re playing ‘Hold My Hand.’ The first thing that Ketch Secor from Old Crow Medicine Show told me when we met was ‘I told my sister you were doing my song (“Wagon Wheel”), and she said ‘no way,’ because that record [1994’s Cracked Rear View] was so big in our house. She just didn’t believe it.”
Darius is preparing to release a new single in the coming weeks. It will be the first track from his next album, expected out later this year.