Very few people have achieved the success of Darrius Rucker. The singer/songwriter got his start in a rock band, singing lead for Hootie & The Blowfish. He then drifted into a solo career in R&B in 2001 and then settled into a very successful country music career, beginning in 2008. Through it all, he kept his distinctly southern style throughout all his music.
In an interview with the Greenville News, Rucker said that he kept his southern roots throughout his music career, starting with Hootie & The Blowfish, a band he started with three friends at the University of South Carolina.
Rucker also said that keeping his southern roots helped when he moved into a country music career as an African American, something rare for that musical genre. According to Rucker, he was just happy they were letting him make music at all. Then, his songs became hits.
After he received an induction into the Grand Ole Opry, it capped his career and proved to him that he was a success.
Rucker has always been a success, though, with three Grammy wins -- two for Hootie & The Blowfish and later also one for his country music career. Hootie & The Blowfish also had an album that sold more units in the U.S. than all but 18 albums in history with Cracked Rear View.
Through it all, Charleston, South Carolina has remained his home. He calls the town where he is "supposed to be" and said that it just feels "like it's home."
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