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02/23/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/22/2021 18:22

Darius Rucker Earns 10th No. 1 at Country Radio...

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DARIUS RUCKER EARNS 10TH NO. 1 AT COUNTRY RADIO WITH 'BEERS AND SUNSHINE'

Rucker to Perform the Chart-Topping Song from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on NBC News' 'TODAY' this Friday, February 26

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With his first solo single at Country radio since packing arenas during 2019's Hootie & the Blowfish blockbuster world tour, three-time GRAMMY winner Darius Rucker has earned his 10th career No. 1 with 'Beers And Sunshine.'

Written via a Zoom session with producer Ross Copperman and fellow songwriters Josh Osborne and TJ Harding at the onset of the global pandemic that changed the way music is made, the anthem celebrated by ABC News Radio as 'a ray of sunshine for fans during what's been a tumultuous year' calls for slowing down to recognize the important things in life when the world feels out of control.

With the lighthearted melody recorded virtually from his home, Rucker sings not of divisive headlines or topics meant to pull us apart, instead offering a reprieve for 2:58 via his preferred forms of 'B.S.' - 'beers and sunshine / bonfires and summertime / back porch nights in South Carolina.'

'It's certainly been a challenging year. Like a lot of people, when I got home from being on the road last March and we parked the tour bus for the foreseeable future, we had no idea what our future would actually look like,' Rucker reflects. 'I don't have the answers for how we fix the complex issues that we're facing in our country or in Country music, however while we work through this time I think it's important that we balance the heaviness by finding the silver lining, where we can really enjoy the simple joys this song talks about like time spent together with friends and family.'

Rucker, who is currently at work on a forthcoming studio album, performed the song live on the CMA Awards which he co-hosted with Reba McEntire in November. Fans can once again catch a glimpse of what Billboard praises as a 'smile-inducing performance' when Rucker appears live on NBC News' 'TODAY' this Friday, February 25.

For more information, visit www.DariusRucker.com and follow on social media @DariusRucker.

About Darius Rucker
Rucker first achieved multi-Platinum status in the music industry as lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the GRAMMY Award-winning band Hootie & the Blowfish, who have sold more than 25M albums worldwide including their Diamond-certified debut Cracked Rear View, which remains among the Top 10 best-selling studio albums of all time. Since releasing his first Country album in 2008, Rucker has earned a whole new legion of fans with four No. 1 albums on the Billboard Country chart, including RIAA Platinum-certified Learn to Live and True Believers, plus ten No. 1 singles at Country radio. In 2014, Rucker won his third career GRAMMY Award for Best Solo Country Performance with his 8x Platinum version of Old Crow Medicine Show's 'Wagon Wheel.' He recently co-hosted the 54th annual CMA Awards and his latest single, 'Beers And Sunshine,' topped the charts at Country radio.

As a lifelong philanthropist, Rucker supports the MUSC Children's Hospital in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina and has also raised millions of dollars for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through his annual Darius & Friends benefit concert and golf tournament. Rucker has also advocated for over 200 charitable causes supporting public education and junior golf programs in South Carolina through the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation.

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