If we had a day off, we’d want to spend it with Darius Rucker. In the opening lines of his new single, “Beers and Sunshine,” he’s winding down with golf balls and flip-flops on a South Carolina dock — and it only gets more enticing from there.
Rucker wrote the track over Zoom with producer Ross Copperman and songwriters Josh Osborne and J.T. Harding. It’s his first new single since “For the First Time,” which he released in 2017 and carried to No. 1 the following summer. And while this summer might feel strange to many of us, Rucker is looking on the bright side.
“It’s certainly been a hard year so far with a lot of heaviness around us constantly,” Rucker said in a statement. “Like it says in the song, I don’t know how we fix any of these big, real issues that we’re facing, but while we work through this time I think it’s important that we find the silver lining where we can really enjoy the little moments and the simple joys of time spent together with friends and family.”
Rucker also kicked off the month of August with the announcement that his latest “Darius & Friends” event has raised $255,000 and counting for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, adding to the event’s decade-plus total of more than $2 million.
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When we first started talking about this year’s #DariusandFriends, which usually takes place during the week of CMA Fest, I had the idea to make it a really fun night of ’90s Country. Even though gathering in person for our normal show wasn’t possible, we still wanted to do as much as we could to support the great work happening at @stjude. I’m so thankful to my friends @clint_black and @therealtracylawrence for helping that ’90s Country vision still come to life, and to the folks at @LiveXLive for bringing this concert to everyone’s screens at home. You can still help the kids by watching the show at the link in bio!
Fans who missed the 11th annual concert — featuring a ’90s Country theme with friends Clint Black and Tracy Lawrence — can purchase passes to re-watch the stream and continue supporting the fundraising efforts through October 28.