Darius Rucker is set to release his second solo country album, Charlestion, SC 1966, on October 12. Rucker, who scored three consecutive No.1 singles from his Capitol Records Nashville debut, Learn to Live, admits that the pressure is on for the follow up album, but that he didn’t let it affect him.
“I took the same approach as I did with the first one: Don’t try to force it, just write, write and write until you have the songs you like — until you are happy,” Rucker says. “I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel. I felt pressure, but it wasn’t like I could do anything else than what I already do.”
When it comes to his career in country music, the longtime Hootie & the Blowfish frontman says he went about things a lot differently.
“When I was in the biggest band in the world, I didn’t know the radio people in my town. I didn’t know the program director of the pop station because it wasn’t a relationship like that,” he says. “[Now] I pretty much know somebody at every radio station … We text each other. We’re friends. We hang out.”
Whatever he’s doing, it’s working; the lead single from the new album, “Come Back Song,” is already in the top 10 at country radio.
Rucker is currently on the road with Brad Paisley on his “H2O World Tour.”