OFFSTAGE: Darius Rucker: True Believer in Hank Williams

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Darius Rucker has a new song out today (Aug. 27) called “True Believers.” It’s the first single off his upcoming album due out early next year. But the song Rucker and I talked about last week was a very, very old song — his soulful cover of Hank Williams‘ “Your Cheatin’ Heart.” (You can preview it for free on the Jim Beam website.)

When I asked him why he chose a 60-year-old song, he told me he’s always loved that song. “There’s still a lot of people in our business that don’t believe I love country music,” he said. “They don’t believe I love Patsy Cline. They don’t believe I love Hank Sr. I do. I’ve had their records since I was 16 years old.”

As for “True Believers,” Rucker said the message of the song is, “My life works for me, whether it’s what you agree with or not.” And he also described it to me, simply, as an upbeat anthem about that person who believes in you.

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