Darius Rucker 2014 True Believers Tour Opening Bands: Eli Young Band & Joel Crouse
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Frequently Asked Questions
What songs will Darius Rucker play in concert?
Though Darius Rucker may be well known on the 90’s alt-rock scene, his recent solo material has supported a strong country style. His latest solo record, True Believers, makes up quite a large portion of his current 2014 setlist. He plays three songs in particular ever evening, notably “Miss You,” the title track, and “Shine.” He also opens nearly all his shows with deep true Believers cut, “Radio.” It makes for an intriguing, if not eccentric choice.
Daruis Rucker fronts the 90’s alternative rock group Hootie & the Blowfish. The band has notched sales of over 20 million albums, so Rucker frequently digs into the band’s catalog on the vast majority of his dates to great appreciation. He generally sticks to the big singles fans know and love, including power ballad “Let Her Cry” and chart-topper “Only Wanna Be With You.” It is also interesting to see Rucker frontload the set with Hootie songs, which seems to be the case scanning his setlists over the last six months.
Big rock anthem “Hold My Hand” also comes up frequently to huge chants and a bombastic crowd of Hootie lovers.
Rucker manages to bookend recent shows with an interesting closing choice. He shows his adoration and respect for Prince by playing his dance-groove epic, “Purple Rain.” This cover has closed the majority of his shows in 2013 and 2014. It has been swapped out for the much lesser known Old Crow Medicine Show track, “Wagon Wheel.” Rucker has also closed with the two covers back to back, making for quite an interesting (albeit Hootie-less) closing set of songs.
The setlist below chronicles a normal concert on the True Believers tour including the covers, Hootie tracks, as well as original Darius Rucker solo material.
Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It
Southern State of Mind
Let Her Cry
History in the Making
Hold My Hand
The Craziest Thing
It Won’t Be Like This for Long
Only Wanna Be With You
Come Back Song
How long is a Darius Rucker concert?
Darius Rucker plays a rather modest 85 minute set on his current tour. He plays one encore, so be sure to stick around to see him close with those selections of epic closers.
Does Darius Rucker’s live show work well in the country genre?
Being an African-American artist with a strong pop/rock background does not always lend itself to the world of traditional country music. All redneck misconceptions aside, country fans are extremely tolerant and inviting to breaking stereotypes and inviting new talent. Rucker is classically country, as if he has been doing it for decades. His stage presence is empowering, which lends well from his status as a rock frontman. But he has this natural swagger onstage that protrudes a sincere love for country. He comes out with a big hat, and his guitar playing is pure and honest.
What is the crowd like at a Darius Rucker concert?
When Rucker first broke ground in 2008 by releasing his debut country album, he turned a lot of heads. It was not his first solo foray, but the first to establish himself as a country artist following his comments that he planned to release many more. Considering Rucker has toured with everyone from Kelly Picker to George Strait and Brad Paisley, the artist has reached quite a large assortment of fans. With his rock crossover appeal, fans can expect to see young kids, middle aged rockers, and older men and women at the show. The Hootie & the Blowfish background really brings out a kaleidoscope of people, as well as surface country fans that are intrigued to see Hootie make the leap into their neighborhood.
Where can I find presale tickets?
Rucker offers presale tickets for fans through his fan club. Fans select a specific show they are interested in attending. They will then be prompted to login and provide the necessary password. This password is displayed on Rucker’s official website, and they change depending on the date. Presale window times are short, for they are only open a few days before the public onsale.
Other presale opportunities include venue presales. Select stops along his route are offering presale tickets to their past patrons. Get on their mailing list or follow them on social media for presale codes and specifics.
Who is Darius Rucker’s media contact?
Many country rock artists work with the entertainment and promotional company, Essential broadcast media. Darius Rocker firmly sits atop the company’s current roster. To get in touch with the artist in any business capacity, you can email Darlene Hassett.
“What solidifies this rocker-turned-cowboy’s switch of the hat is his authentic storytelling. His full-bodied vocals transcended genres, and a sincere dose of Southern charm was just the gravy on top. Out of the collage of rock and country covers from the evening, including Steve Miller Band’s “The Joker,” Rucker and his full band stole the show with in Hootie & the Blowfish’s “Let Her Cry.” The wavering, cascading choruses about letting love go magnified Rucker’s heart-warming authenticity.” – Brenna Rushing of Pegasus News
“A killer opening set by Darius Rucker practically stole the thunder from the sky as high winds blew the threatening rain elsewhere. His hourlong set opened with “Love Will Do That,” “Alright” and “The Craziest Thing” with Mr. Rucker sounding great and confident.” – Rosa Colucci of The Post Gazette
“Former Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Rucker and his Carolina Greyboys, at least got more than halfway through their nearly 90-minute set before Rucker’s and Atkins’ sons began riding bicyles and scooters across the stage. Rucker was particularly impressed when Kramer and her band donned giant hand outfits, dancing around the stage (with more whiskey bottles) as Rucker and company performed the Hootie hit ‘Hold My Hand.’” – Gary Graff of The Oakland Press
Darius Rucker Live (2011)
Tour Opening Acts: Rodney Atkins, Frankie Ballard, Thompson Square & Justin Moore
Started Jan 21, 2011 in Fort Wayne, Indiana – Ended November 12, 2011 in Charleston, South Carolina