Darius Rucker is the former lead singer for Hootie & the Blowfish. After signing with Capitol Records in 2008, he released his first single, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” from his first country album Learn To Live. History was made when it reached number one, crediting him as the first black artist to reach number one on the Hot Country Songs Charts since Charley Pride in 1983. The three next singles, “It Won’t Be Like This For Long”, “Alright”, and “History in the Making” all hit number one as well. He made his debut appearance at The Grand Ole Opry in July 2008.
Rucker received the New Artist Award in 2009 from the Country Music Association. His Album Charleston, SC 1966 was released in October 2010 and landed him two number one songs off that album, “Come Back Song” and “This”. “Come Back Song” was co-written with Chris Stapleton and Casey Beathard. In 2012, Rucker released a new album and new single, both titled “True Believers”. He released a second single off the album, a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Wagon Wheel” which also hit number one on the charts. Rucker appeared again at The Grand Ole Opry, and was invited to become a member of the Opry by Brad Paisley. Rucker won Best Country Solo Performance for his version of “Wagon Wheel” at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in 2014 and his fourth studio album, Southern Style was released in March of 2015. This will be his third appearance at the Houston Rodeo, having previously taken the stage in 2009 and 2010.