Rucker announces new disc, tour
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
– Darius Rucker offered a surprise Monday night - he has his fourth solo disc coming out in late March.
Rucker announced on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" "Southern Style" drops March 31.
Rucker also said The Southern Style Tour will kick off May 14th in Holmdel, N.J. and initially will hit 30 cities across North America. Brett Eldredge, duo Brothers Osborne and Southern rockers A Thousand Horses will open.
Cities on the tour are:
Alpharetta, GA +
West Palm Beach, FL
Detroit, MI +
Toronto, ON +
St. Louis, MO
Gilford, NH *+
Mansfield, MA +
Salt Lake City, UT
Denver, CO +
Mountain View, CA
Irvine, CA +
Chula Vista, CA +
Darien Lake, NY
Columbia, MD +
* A Thousand Horses will not be performing on this date
+ Dates not included on Live Nation's Country Megaticket
Tickets can be purchased beginning the week of Jan. 26 in select cities as part of tour promoter Live Nation's Country Megaticket at www.megaticket.com.
When Was the Last Time
Darius Rucker is so darn likeable, he likely gets away with creating subpar music more than most. However, "When Was the Last Time" is a consistently good album, which is as respectable as it is likeable.
Rucker knows how to sing crowd pleasers, like the fun and funny "Count the Beers" and the all-star collaboration "Straight to Hell," which also features Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Charles Kelley. He shines brightest, though, on the more serious songs. »»»
Although opener "Homegrown Honey" has a few hip-hip sonic elements fueling it, "Southern Style" is a fairly traditional - well, as traditional as Darius Rucker can get - album. "Homegrown Honey," along with the title cut and "Half Full Dixie Cup," make a play for Rucker's Southern credentials, and for the most part support these claims. Rucker is an easygoing vocalist, and this latest effort goes down smoothly.
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