OFFSTAGE: Darius Rucker Says “Let Her Cry” Was Country

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That’s what he said. In a video shot in the offices of Rolling Stone magazine, Darius Rucker says, “I consider this the first country song I ever wrote. It shows that what I’m doing now is really not that far from what I was doing before.” He then starts an acoustic version of a Hootie & the Blowfish smash, “Let Her Cry.” But for the rest of the video, he plays his really country stuff. Like “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” which he introduced as a song about how “we’ve all been there.” And “Come Back Song,” that he described as the 77th song he wrote for his last album, but his first single off of it, and his fourth No. 1. Then he performs a country classic Hootie & the Blowfish started covering in 1985 and still plays in his solo shows today — David Allan Coe‘s “You Never Even Called Me by My Name.” This mini concert on your computer is such a treat, not only because you get to hear Rucker’s musical range from over the years, but you just get to hear Rucker loud and clear. It’s just Rucker and a sideman, so there’s no full band to drown out his powerful, perfect wail.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.