Article: Darius Rucker shares spotlight in ‘Front and Center’

Article: Darius Rucker shares spotlight in ‘Front and Center’

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By Cindy Watts
August 26, 2015

Darius Rucker welcomed Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, songwriter/producer Nathan Chapman, songwriter/producer Frank Rogers and songwriters Clay Mills, Ashley Gorley, Tim James, Rivers Rutherford, Chris DuBois and Casey Beathard on stage at Marathon Music Works earlier this week when he filmed an episode of “Front and Center” at the venue.

“Front and Center” is a one-hour concert series that airs commercial-free on public television. Rucker’s episode, part of the CMA Songwriters Series, will air in early 2016.

It was a short trip to the stage for Kelley and Chapman. The men logged some time with Rucker next door earlier in the day to celebrate No. 1 song “Homegrown Honey,” which they co-wrote with Rucker and he turned into a chart topper.

They joined Rucker during the taping to perform the song and Kelley laughed saying that it took Rucker so long to record “Homegrown Honey” that he threatened to claim it for Lady Antebellum.

“I told him, ‘If you don’t cut this in the next month, it’s going on the next Lady Antebellum album,’ ” Kelley said from the stage. “It wasn’t until I heard (Rucker’s) track that I gave up thinking it would be the next Lady Antebellum No. 1 song because (I knew) it was the next Darius Rucker No. 1 song.”

James and Rutherford hope they’re owners of Rucker’s next country chart topper. They joined the Hootie & the Blowfish singer to write his current single, “Southern Style.”

“It’s not about living in the South,” Rucker said, explaining the song detailed living a Southern lifestyle. “I go all over the country … and there are Southern people everywhere.”

James told the crowd that he had given Rucker the most personal song he had written to date and that he wouldn’t have trusted the lyrics with anyone else. Penned with Rutherford and rewritten with Rucker, “So I Sang” is from Rucker’s “Southern Style” album and talks about singing songs when words can’t be found.

“This is the most honest song that I’ve ever been a part of,” Rucker told the crowd.

He finished his hourlong set with his cover of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel,” a song he said he would have to sing for the rest of his life.

“Tell somebody to book me in Nashville,” Rucker said. “I would love to play here.”

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