July 23, 2008 As the lead singer for Hootie + The Blowfish, Darius Ruckers had quite a bit of success on the pop charts. Now hes done well as a solo singer on the country charts: His debut country single, "Dont Think I Dont Think About It," hit the Top 15 this week on the Country Aircheck list.
That achievement comes on the heels of his Grand Ole Opry debut, which took place last week. Plenty of countrys most significant acts have appeared on the Opry stage from such late legends as Hank Williams and Patsy Cline to current members Dolly Parton and George Jones and in terms of the Oprys history? well, dont think Darius doesnt think about it.
"To be on the Opry by myself, and standing there and singing songs that I wrote, the hairs stood up on the back of my neck," Darius told the national radio show GAC Nights: Live From Nashville. "I went in for sound check and I had my guitar, and I go in and Im standing there on that circle and Im singing. Along with playing with Al Green and playing at the Apollo [in New York], its [one of] the three greatest musical moments of my life."
Darius country album, Learn To Live, will feature guest appearances by Opry members Vince Gill, Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss.
In the meantime, this Saturdays GAC airing of Opry Live is an encore presentation of Carrie Underwoods induction ceremony. Its telecast at 8 p.m. ET.