Darius Rucker is bringing a bit of “Wagon Wheel,” “Homegrown Honey” and Hootie to Coastal Carolina University this weekend.
The country music star and lead singer for Hootie and the Blowfish is performing at CCU’s HTC Center on Saturday. Ricky Young, a South Carolina native also, opens for Rucker. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and has been sold out for months.
“Homegrown Honey” is Rucker’s newest single; it releases Aug. 25. The song is the first single off the latest album he’s currently recording in Nashville. The album is his fourth since going solo in 2008. “Homegrown Honey” is a country party song about a girl living in New York City.
Rucker, speaking over the phone at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning ahead of the concert, said CCU concertgoers can expect the set list to be a mix of old stuff, new stuff and Hootie stuff.
Question | Is 7:30 a.m. early for you?
Answer | (chuckling) Oh, heck no. I’ve been up since 6 or 6:15, I’ve got kids in school and work to do. My kids make me laugh.
Q. | Are they your biggest fans?
A. | (laughing) They think (their) daddy’s OK.
Q. | What’s their favorite song?
A. | Well, “Wagon Wheel” of course.
Q. | What’s your favorite song to perform?
A. | Oh, God, there are far too many
Q. | What about your newest release, “Homegrown Honey?”
A. | “I’m excited about it. We just wrote it recently (with Nathan Chapman and Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley) It comes out Monday (Aug. 25).
Q. | What’s the No. 1 question you are asked the most?
A. | Oh, it has to be “Why I switched to country.” I love Charleston, I love Nashville. I record both places, it’s what I do.
Q. | If you decided to make another change, what would it be?
A. | (Sounding shocked) Music? You mean with music, right?
Q. | Yes.
A. | Sinatra. I’d put a big band together and play Sinatra.
Q. | How would you finish this sentence: “I can’t believe it’s been 20 years since ?”
A. | I can’t believe it’s been 20 years since “Cracked Rear View” We’ve been doing this now for 30 years, it doesn’t seem like that long but it took 10 years to get there. It’s pretty cool.
Q. | Who was your favorite musician growing up?
A. | Al Green. My mom loved Al Green and he was my favorite by far.
Q. | You were recently asked to make a prediction for 2014 SEC Champion, National Champion and South Carolina’s final record, anymore thoughts about the Gamecocks?
A. | Every year I think they’re going to win the national championships and every year they don’t. I’d love to see that happen, though, and I’m expecting another good year for them.
Q. | What can fans expect at the Coastal Carolina concert on Saturday?
A. | A party. I’m looking forward to it. We’re going to have fun.
Q. | You’ve got a busy week ahead of you, a new release, another concert
A. | Yep, after CCU, we’re packing it up and heading to Huntsville.
Q. | Does it ever stop?
A. | I hope not.
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