(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.)
I saw Darius Rucker in concert on Friday (March 9). I was completely absorbed in the music and loved every bit of his bluegrass treatment of his country hits and even his old Hootie & the Blowfish classics. Like “Only Wanna Be With You” with banjo. But because my seats were so good, I was also absorbed in what Rucker was wearing. It was an obscure T-shirt from the 2004 Will Ferrell movie, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. The one where silhouettes of Ferrell’s character (along with those of Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner) are jumping into the air and type that says, “Channel 4 News Team ASSEMBLE!” I know the shirt well because I have it, too. But what fascinated me about Rucker wearing this $20 shirt and jeans is that he looks like he could care less about his stage clothes. In a good way. Like his wardrobe isn’t the priority, his music is. I’m guessing Rucker sounds just as excellent in this kind of shirt as he would in a designer one that cost 10 times as much. Maybe I’m reading too much into his outfit, and maybe Rucker never intended to send such a message with this shirt. But I do think keeping the show’s focus off the bells and whistles and on the songs is the right thing to do.