Darius Rucker, Eli Young Band and Corey Smith will play at Amphitheatre | StAugustine.com

Darius Rucker returns to perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre with Eli Young Band and Corey Smith on April 19.

Rucker previously performed at the Amphitheatre on Oct. 29, 2010.

Rucker, who first attained multi-platinum status as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Hootie & the Blowfish, wrote 10 of the 12 tracks on True Believers — ranging from his current single, the feel-good, sing-along, “Radio” to the sophisticated narrative of “Shine.”

He expresses special pride in the raw and realistic sentiments of songs like “Miss You” and “I Will Love You Still,” a duet with young powerhouse vocalist Mallary Hope.

The two songs Rucker didn’t have a hand in writing are both major events of their own. “Love Without You” features Sheryl Crow, with whom Rucker had wanted to record ever since they sang together at a VH1 function almost twenty years ago.

For his version of the popular Old Crow Medicine Show song “Wagon Wheel,” initially based on a sketch by Bob Dylan, Rucker, never expecting them to say yes, invited his tour partners and Capitol Records labelmates Lady Antebellum into the studio.

When they came in for a session, Rucker says, “they took the whole song three steps up.” The single became his sixth No. 1 single.

The singer is quick to give credit where it’s due for the fact that all of these elements hang together so cohesively on True Believers. For the third time, Frank Rogers served as producer for a Darius Rucker album, along with co-writing three songs.

“Frank’s the guy,” Rucker said. “He just gets what I want to do. He’s my George Martin — not to compare myself to the Beatles, but I want him to do everything I do.”

Since re-introducing himself to the world as a country artist, Rucker released Learn to Live in 2008. The album’s first single, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” made him the first African American with a number one country song since Charley Pride in 1983.

It was followed by two more singles that topped the chart — “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” and “Alright” — and earned him the New Artist award from the Country Music Association.

His 2010 follow-up, Charleston, S.C. 1966, included two more Number Ones, “Come Back Song” and “This.”

In October 2012, Rucker achieved a childhood dream when he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.  Asked if he can believe the unprecedented success of his second career, Rucker just laughs.

“From where I was five years ago to the Grand Ole Opry, why would I believe that?,” he said. “I didn’t even know if country radio was going to play my song, but you can’t think about things like that.”

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 24  at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall box offices. Guests can enjoy complimentary coffee and snacks from The Kookaburra and Darius Rucker tunes at the Amphitheatre on Friday morning. Save on fees by purchasing tickets at the box office, walk around the venue and scout out a potential seat, and have first pick when the tickets go on sale. Tickets also will be available at findmytix.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 800-745-3000.


Darius Rucker with Eli Young Band and Corey Smith


VENUE: St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A South

DATE: April 19

TIME: Doors opens at 5:30 p.m., show starts at 6:30 p.m.

TICKETS: $65.50 for general admission standing pit; $55.50 for 100 level seats; $55.50 for 200 level seats; $45.50 for 300 level seats;

ONLINE: staugamphitheatre.com, dariusrucker.com


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Concert Photographer at heart, Love listening to music and going to shows to try to capture the magic on the stage with my imagery.I also review albums and live concerts.
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