Darius Rucker is turning heartbreak into hits.
The Hootie & the Blowfish singer is gearing up for the release of his seventh solo album â his first since 2017âs âWhen Was the Last Timeâ â and revealed in a new interview with Page Six that the songs are âpretty deep.â
âAll of the sudden we were in the middle of the [coronavirus] pandemic. It was just a lot of time to write songs,â Rucker, 55, explained, when asked why now was the right time to get back to the music.
âWith that going on in the world and with everything thatâs going on with my life, there was just a lot of stuff to write about,â he continued. âSo I thought it was time to put some new music out.â
Rucker announced via Instagram in July 2020 that he and wife Beth Leonard were splitting after 20 years of marriage and two children together: daughter Daniella, 20, and son Jack, 16. He briefly moved on with comedian Kate Quigley, but the two have since called it quits.
âWith my kids growing up, my lifeâs changed in the last year and a half or so,â explained Rucker, who is also dad to daughter Carolyn, 25, from his previous relationship with Elizabeth Ann Phillips. âI usually write about stuff I know and whatâs happened to me, so itâs a lot of that stuff in there.â
He added, âThereâs a couple of songs that are pretty out there, that are pretty true, pretty vulnerable, pretty deep, me saying exactly how I feel â¦ so thereâs definitely going to be a lot of me dealing with my life in song.â
Rucker told Page Six that fans can expect the album in February 2022, to accompany his upcoming âDarius Rucker Liveâ tour. At the time of our interview, he had yet to title it, but said he already has âquite a fewâ favorite tracks.
âThereâs a song called âNever Been Overâ I wrote with John Osborne, from Brothers Osborne. Itâs just, every time I hear it, it gets me,â the Charleston, S.C, native teased. âItâs just one of those songs where we really sat down and wrote how I felt.â
Later in the interview, Rucker also reflected on what it was like starting Hootie & the Blowfish while attending the University of South Carolina back in the â80s. He told Page Six there was a time when the band contemplated calling it quits.
âThere was a very famous day in our lives, I mean, nobody really knows about it, but for me, Mark [Bryan] and Dean [Felber] it was a big day. Our first drummer had quit, and we were sitting with some friends on Markâs porch, drinking beers and talking,â Rucker remembered. âWe started talking about what we were gonna do. For me, that was the day we were either going to make it or we were gonna die trying.â
Six albums later, including their Diamond-certified debut âCracked Rear View,â Rucker is glad the band made the right decision that day. As for whether another new Hootie & the Blowfish album is in the works, following 2019âs âImperfect Circleâ?
âWe havenât talked about it yet, but Iâm sure weâre going to tour again, and do an album sometime in the new year or sometime in the future,â Rucker shared. âWe ainât that young, so Iâm sure itâs going to be near future!â
He added, âWe just toured in 2019 and we donât want to go out every year or anything, so it will be a couple years before we do it, but weâll do it again.â
The three-time GRAMMY winner is still a diehard fan of South Carolinaâs college athletics program, specifically the Gamecocks football team, and is a loyal supporter of the Miami Dolphins. He famously gave the NFL team a shoutout in Hootie & the Blowfishâs 1995 hit âOnly Wanna Be With You,â in which he sang, âSometimes youâre crazy, then you wonder why. Iâm such a baby âcause the Dolphins make me cry.â
Rucker is now infusing his love of football with fashion, partnering with Fanatics and NFL on a new apparel line. The NFL x Darius Rucker Collection by Fanatics features 17 styles as part of the new collection, including merchandise for all 32 NFL teams.
âThey called and asked if I was interested and I definitely was, because the NFL means so much to me,â Rucker explained. âItâs one of my favorite things in the world, so to be teaming up with them and Fanatics to come up with this was a dream come true, really.â
Rucker added that the collection features âsomething for everybody,â including his famous friends.
âIâm very good friends with Jimbo Covert and he recently got his [Pro Football Hall of Fame] ring in Chicago,â Rucker shared. âI went to that ceremony, and he was the first guy I got to give some of my clothing to, so that was pretty awesome.â
Ruckerâs shirts, outerwear, sweats and more are available now at fanatics.com/darius.
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