Following his time as lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Hootie & the Blowfish, and since launching a successful career as a country artist, Darius Rucker has announced solo UK dates in November 2014:
Darius Rucker - November 2014
Tuesday 18th O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire London
Wednesday 19th Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Thursday 20th Manchester The Ritz
Saturday 22nd O2 ABC Glasgow
Tickets go on-sale 9am at 9am on Friday 16th May priced £20 in Manchester and £22.50 in London (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee)
The UK dates will see Rucker perform tracks from his latest album 'True Believers', his second album since reintroducing himself as a country artist with his album 'Learn To Live' in 2008. The album's first single, "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," made him the first African American with a Number One country song since Charley Pride in 1983. It was followed by two more singles that topped the chart - "It Won't Be Like This For Long" and "Alright" - and earned him the New Artist award from the Country Music Association. His 2010 follow-up, Charleston, SC 1966, included two more Number Ones, "Come Back Song" and "This."
In October 2012, Rucker achieved a childhood dream when he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. Asked if he can believe the unprecedented success of his second career, Rucker just laughs. "From where I was five years ago to the Grand Ole Opry, why would I believe that?," he says. "I didn't even know if country radio was going to play my song, but you can't think about things like that."
With the twelve songs on his new album 'True Believers', Darius Rucker takes his accomplishments to impressive new heights. Staying true to the real-life stories that define country music, he has crafted an album that is consistent and complex, full of joy, pain, and passion. Now Rucker is looking forward to the next chapter - bringing these new songs to the stage. "When I cut a record, I really think about what it will be like to play live," he says. "We're already doing some of these - 'Radio,' 'Shine,' 'Wagon Wheel,' and 'Heartbreak Road.' These songs were all fun to play in the studio, even just as a jam session, and that's what it's all about. If I don't have fun, I know that the audience won't. So when I make a record, I look for songs that I'll want to play for the rest of my life."