Darius Rucker Works It Out Southern Style

The fourth time could be the biggest charm yet for Darius Rucker with this week’s arrival of his new solo album, Southern Style. With the success of the project’s first single, “Homegrown Honey,” it’s already a winner for the singer-songwriter.

Official chart numbers including the album won’t be out until next week, of course, but the album has already gotten glowing reviews from the national media.

No surprise there. His last three solo albums — Learn to Live, Charleston, SC 1966 and True Believers — all topped Billboard’s country albums chart and produced six No. 1 singles for the Grand Ole Opry member.

If the sweet success of the album’s lead single “Homegrown Honey” (co-written by Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley) is any indicator of the future, Southern Style is going to be a fan favorite for years to come.

How can you not like Darius Rucker and his talent, style and that unmistakable laugh? If you don’t believe me, there’s ample proof in this video which finds Rucker trapped in an elevator at CMT’s offices in downtown Nashville as he answers some pretty awkward questions with the spirit of a champ.

We feel you, Darius, parachute pants are not the most flattering, and who doesn’t want Denzel Washington to star in the movie of their life?

And we are all still dying to know what body part you didn’t want to sign for that fan. Could you please give us a hint?

Calvin Gilbert has served as CMT.com’s managing editor since 2002. His background includes stints at the Nashville Banner, Radio & Records and Westwood One.