Darius Rucker Reflects on His First Decade in Country Music

Talks Career Firsts, New Music and 5,000 Rejection Letters

It’s hard to believe that Darius Rucker’s platinum country debut Learn to Live turns 10 in 2018. But it’s also hard to remember a time when Rucker’s music wasn’t part of the American consciousness.

In his first 30 years in music, he’s won three Grammys and sold millions of albums worldwide as a solo country artist and as the leader of Hootie & the Blowfish. He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 2012; he’s scored several No. 1 hits in pop rock and country, and he’s become a radio host and TV star. In 2017, he launched a new golf show on SiriusXM’s PGA Tour Radio, and he acted in guest appearances on Hawaii Five-O and CMT’s Sun Records.

His fifth country album When Was the Last Time arrived on Oct. 20. His latest hit, “If I Told You,” is his seventh country No. 1, and his newest single, “For the First Time,” is steadily climbing the Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.

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