Darius Rucker previewed a sudsy new summertime anthem on NBC’s Today show Friday (July 10), popping the top on his upcoming “Beers and Sunshine.”
Set to hit radio stations on August 6, Rucker told host Harry Smith he co-wrote the breezy jam with producer Ross Copperman, Josh Osborne and J.T. Harding, and the team wanted to do something lighthearted. A song about “B.S.,” it was written in quarantine and recorded virtually, revolving around the idea that “we all need is a little beer and sunshine.”
“It’s certainly been a hard year so far with a lot of heaviness around us constantly,” Rucker explains of the track. “Like it says in the song, I don’t know how we fix any of these big, real issues that we’re facing, but while we work through this time I think it’s important that we find the silver lining where we can really enjoy the little moments and the simple joys of time spent together with friends and family.”
Rucker went on to discuss racism in country music and how performers have to be careful what they say, and also filled fans in his 11th annual Darius & Friends benefit concert. Pivoting to a virtual edition this year but still raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the pay per view event will feature Rucker alongside Clint Black and Tracy Lawrence on the iconic Grand Ole Opry stage, and takes place July 30 at 7 p.m. CT on LiveXLive. Rucker has already raised over $2 million for the big hearted cause, and this year’s tickets start at $15 on LiveXLive.com/Darius.
“Even though we can’t all get together for a normal concert right now, it’s important that we continue to support St. Jude and the amazing work that they do,” the hit maker says. “I hope we can bring a fun night of music to everyone watching from home while also raising money for this important cause.”