Rucker releases as does Cam
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
– Darius Rucker gets in "Southern Style" with his latest CD. The releases features the single "Homegrown Honey." This is Rucker's fifth solo album and fourth marketed to country. Veteran Nashville producers Frank Rogers and Keith Stegall produced.
Newcomer Cam makes her debut with a four-song EP on Arista Nashville,"Welcome to Cam Country." The disc features her single "My Mistake." The California singer/songwriter wrote all four songs. Cam's EP and upcoming full-length album were produced by Jeff Bhasker (Bruno Mars, Beyoncé, FUN., The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift) and Tyler Johnson (Ed Sheeran, OneRepublic, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Mikky Ekko).
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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.
It's still taboo for country ...
When it came time for Darius Rucker to throw his hat into the holiday album ring, he was clearly aiming for the old school, traditional realm of such things. The heavy orchestration for these 12 songs hearkens back to the days when crooners like Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra tracked Christmas projects, rather than anything that might pass for country.
With that said, though, Rucker represents himself quite well with this traditional album of (mostly) familiar Christmas songs. ...