Featuring a warm sound full of heart and a rhythm made for candlelight slow dances, the lovestruck tune is all timeless tenderness. It was written by the star with Josh Osborne, J.T. Harding and Ross Copperman, putting his love up on the same pedestal as the iconic accomplishments of history and culture. And with Rucker’s instantly-recognizable vocal leading the way, it’s just about picture perfect.
“One of the most common questions I got asked last year was if I had picked up a new hobby during quarantine,” he explained. “I always answered that I was trying to learn piano, and someone asked if I was any good yet. J.T. Harding heard my response in that interview – ‘I can’t play piano like Ray Charles’ – and knew we had to write a song around that line.”
“I never had a silver spoon / I didn’t grow up in a castle / I never walked on the moon / I’ll never paint a Sistine Chapel / I can’t play piano like Ray Charles / But baby when my life is through / I hope they say my masterpiece is loving you,” goes the feel-good hook.
“My Masterpiece” is part of an album project that Darius Rucker says is currently in the works, and the song will hit country radio on March 22. It follows 2020’s “Beers and Sunshine” — which recently became his 10th Number One at country radio — and this month Rucker celebrates being named Southerner of the Year by Southern Living Magazine.