Darius Rucker Is Raising Southern Kids

"I’m Trying to Teach Them the Things That I Was Taught as a Kid"

Darius Rucker is making music Southern Style, which happens to be the title of his latest album, but he’s also raising children Southern style, too.

The Charleston, South Carolina, native delights in being a dad and raising his children with good Southern values and charm — just the way he was raised.

“When you live in Charleston, you don’t have to do much but raise them, you know what I mean?” Rucker said in a recent interview. “I’m trying to teach them the things that I was taught as a kid.”

And those things would be simple things like being respectful, saying, “Yes, ma’am” and “Yes, sir” and being courteous to others.

“In Charleston … everybody’s really nice,” he said. “We say ‘hey’ to everybody all the time and stuff like that. And that’s just the kind of things I try to teach them. … That’s what my mom taught me growing up.”

Like any great parent, Rucker says he ultimately wants his children to be happy.

“I try to let them be happy and healthy kids … but they are definitely Southern kids, I’ll tell you that much for sure,” he said.

Rucker’s love for children doesn’t just stop with his family. On June 8, he’ll head back to the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville to host his sixth annual Darius & Friends concert to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.