OFFSTAGE: Darius Rucker Says "Let Her Cry" Was Country

(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that's happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.)

That's what he said. In a video shot in the offices of Rolling Stone magazine, Darius Rucker says, "I consider this the first country song I ever wrote. It shows that what I'm doing now is really not that far from what I was doing before." He then starts an acoustic version of a Hootie & the Blowfish smash, "Let Her Cry." But for the rest of the video, he plays his really country stuff. Like [mtvn_video_page id="262456"]"Don't Think I Don't Think About It,"[/mtvn_video_page] which he introduced as a song about how "we've all been there." And [mtvn_video_page id="553845"]"Come Back Song,"[/mtvn_video_page] that he described as the 77th song he wrote for his last album, but his first single off of it, and his fourth No. 1. Then he performs a country classic Hootie & the Blowfish started covering in 1985 and still plays in his solo shows today -- David Allan Coe's "You Never Even Called Me by My Name." This mini concert on your computer is such a treat, not only because you get to hear Rucker's musical range from over the years, but you just get to hear Rucker loud and clear. It's just Rucker and a sideman, so there's no full band to drown out his powerful, perfect wail.

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