Charleston, SC 1966

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  • Summary: Primarily known as the lead singer/guitarist of Hootie & the Blowfish, Darius Rucker continues his crossover to pop-country with his second release since his Capitol Nashville debut.

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Come Back Song
I woke up again this morning And wouldn't you know it, pouring rain I went and burned a pot of coffee And like us I poured it down the drain 'Cause... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Hootie sounded plenty confident minus the Blowfish on Learn to Live, his 2008 debut as a country act, so Charleston, SC 1966 doesn't reveal a singer more in touch with his twang.
  2. Jan 10, 2011
    Darius' brand of country music, much like Radney's, is full of detailed, true-to-life accounts of love, regret and loyalty to childhood stomping grounds.
  3. Rucker strictly plays by the rules but Charleston surpasses its predecessor on the strength of more vibrant and charming tunes.
  4. Aug 5, 2011
    Every one of the 13 tracks on this album are co-writes that he's had a hand in, but all the same, a certain autobiographical tone predominates.
  5. Rucker's country may be little more than Hootie with fiddles, but that's progress.
  6. Every song on Charleston has been ironed flat, so there are no unseemly natural inflections, something that Rucker doesn't need but which helps make Charleston, SC 1966 a gleaming example of polished, pressed, modern country-pop.
  7. It's hard to imagine that Charleston, SC 1966 won't continue Rucker's hot streak within the country genre, even if the album suggests that he's content to follow the genre's trends rather than set them.

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