I'm super excited for the upcoming Darius Rucker album. Just looking at the track listing is making me drool. I have loved him since way back in the Hootie days, when I met him while helping out mornings on Mix 107.3 in Washington, DC.
What I admire most about him, aside from his incredible voice, magnetic personality and infectious laugh? He's never afraid to try new things. There was that singing cowboy commercial he did for Burger King, he's tried acting (appeared incognito on the show Undercover Boss) and the really BIG leap of faith was transitioning from the Pop world to country music. Not everyone can make that transition flawlessly like Darius. It's an uphill battle for any pop artist, especially when you're African American. Darius is one of only three inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
Obviously, Darius isn't the first to break the color barrier (and hopefully not the last) but it's been nearly a decade since he became part of the country scene and we've yet to see another African American country artist achieve his level of success.
All of that aside, this new album looks amazing. In honor of "When Was the Last Time," ask yourself that same question. When was the last time I .... called someone just to say "I love you?" or when was the last time I did something to help myself grow and become a better person? When was the last time I thought about helping someone else? When was the last time I let my kids make dinner? When was the last time I thought twice before passing judgement on someone? When was the last time I had goldfish for a snack or a really awesome steak dinner or went to the gym to clear my head and get some exercise? When was the last time I had a day off? There are so many ways to celebrate this new album. Apply the title to your life and allow "When Was the Last Time" to be your soundtrack.
Darius will be appearing at the famous Apollo Theater in NY on the eve before the album is officially released (October 20th).
Here’s the complete track listing for When Was the Last Time
“For the First Time”“Bring It On”“Life’s Too Short”“If I Told You”“Don’t”“Twenty Something”“Straight to Hell” (with Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Charles Kelley)“Count the Beers”“Another Night with You”“Hand on Me”“She”“Story to Tell”