Now you are probably thinking, “This guy does not look like a country music singer. Wasn’t he Hootie from Hootie & the Whatever?”
Well maybe he was Hootie back then, but Darius Rucker meets all the requirements of a country music singer. He was born in the South (Charleston, South Carolina), Unlike other pop artists like Jon Bon Jovi, Kid Rock and the absolutely horrible Jessica Simpson, Darius has a voice for country music.
He had a number one chart-topper this summer, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It”,which explores the common theme of regretting lost love. This song contains fiddle and pedal steel, instruments common to country music. But what confirms his country music bona fides is being invited to the Grand Ole Opry. When you’ve played there, you’ve made it as a country singer.
Here is Darius' latest single about fatherhood (another popular theme in today’s country music). Okay, he loses points for being on NPR. But I hope the Blowfish can find work, because if he wants to Hootie can be a country music star for years to come.