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Darius Rucker Announces Inside Fame Episode on CMT

Bio-Series Looks Back at His One-of-a-Kind Story

The path to country stardom is long and winding and always unique. In the latest episode of CMT’s bio-series Inside Fame, Darius Rucker looks back at his one-of-a-kind story.

Now a member of the Grand Ole Opry with three country albums under his belt, Rucker’s career famously began as the lead singer of the pop/rock group Hootie & the Blowfish.

Their 1994 debut album, Cracked Rear View, was an international sensation that sold over 16 million copies, but Rucker still felt compelled to move forward.

“I always believed since I was a kid that I was destined to do something totally special. I thought maybe Cracked Rear View was it,” he said. “But then, there were times I would think … there’s something else out there for me. ‘Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It’ was the beginning of what I was supposed to do that was amazingly special.”

After setting his mind on recording a country album, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” became Rucker’s first country No. 1 and was followed by five more – “It Won’t Be Like This for Long,” “Alright,” “This,” “Come Back Song” and “Wagon Wheel.”

His upcoming fourth country album, Southern Style, features the current single “Homegrown Honey,” co-written by Rucker, Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum and Nathan Chapman.

Following his rise and rebirth as a country star, Inside Fame: Darius Rucker will reveal the real story, from Hootie & the Blowfish hitting pause in 2008 to the heartbreaking loss of Rucker’s mother.

The show premieres Saturday (Feb. 7) at noon ET/PT.

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