Sept. 23, 2008 Darius Ruckers made quite a ruckus in country music, hitting the No. 1 position on several different charts with his debut in the genre, "Dont Think I Dont Think About It."
It comes at a time when Barack Obama is making a historic run for the presidency the first time an African-American has been at the top of the ticket. Darius trip to the top in country doesnt set any precedents, but its the first time in over two decades an African-American has had a No. 1 hit in the format. Ray Charles joined Willie Nelson at No. 1 in 1985 with "Seven Spanish Angels," while Charley Pride was the last solo artist to do it with "Night Games" in 1983.
Working in country music means Darius spends a lot of time away from his home in Charleston, S.C. He has to make a certain number of trips to Nashville to record and do promotional work, and concert tours keep him away from his wife and kids for days and weeks at a time. As it turns out, thats not such a bad thing.
"I think thats why Ive been happily married for so long," he told the national radio show GAC Nights: Live From Nashville. "I know its her world, and Im trying to figure out how to make it better. Thats my job. Im gonna be gone for two weeks, heres some flowers. I can honestly say were getting along better now, were closer than weve ever been, and its just cause we know each other now and we accept each other for who we are, and we know I have to go on the road. Theres no other job I can do, period. This is what Im skilled to do."
Darius and Beth have been married since 2000. And at least one of his upcoming dates will keep him at home: Hes playing Charleston on Dec. 5.
After the first of the year, he hits the road again as part of Brad Paisleys tour. Joining them on the Paisley Party which kicks off Jan. 15 in Tupelo, Miss. are Dierks Bentley and Crystal Shawanda.