Review: Darius Rucker, 'True Believers' Rucker is a rock star, courtesy of his years as leader of Hootie and the Blowfish. But on his new country album, you hear the guy who still lives in and loves his home state of South Carolina, right down to its sweet tea and kudzu.
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Darius Rucker: Busted Hearts And Pickup Trucks

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Darius Rucker: Busted Hearts And Pickup Trucks

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Darius Rucker found fame in the 1990s as lead singer of the band Hootie and the Blowfish.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ONLY WANNA BE WITH YOU")

BLOCK: In 2008, Rucker switched gears and signed with a country music label. He recently released his third country album, titled "True Believers."

Meredith Ochs has this review.

MEREDITH OCHS, BYLINE: Darius Rucker's debut country single didn't just reinvent his career, it made him the first African-American singer to have a number 1 country hit since Charley Pride did it a quarter-century earlier. Five more hits, a CMA award and two albums later, Rucker became the third African-American inducted into the Grand Ole Opry since its founding in 1925.

On his latest CD, Rucker is firmly ensconced in his new genre, choosing a much-loved cover as the first single and getting a vocal assist from country megastars Lady Antebellum.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

OCHS: One reason Darius Rucker is enjoying so much commercial success in the latest chapter of his career is the same thing that made him famous in the first place, his remarkable voice. Rucker's ripe, easily recognizable baritone still sounds as perfect on radio-ready hits as it did with his old band. Add just enough twang and the right subject matter, busted hearts and, yes, trucks, trains, Mama, being drunk, et cetera, and you've got a contemporary country-music star.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

OCHS: It can be tough for artists to find an audience when they change genres, but Rucker does it seamlessly by returning to the music he grew up with.

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BLOCK: That's from Darius Rucker's new album. It's called "True Believers." Our reviewer, Meredith Ochs is a talk show host and DJ at Sirius XM satellite radio.

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