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Rucker Brings His ‘Wagon Wheel’ to Town

By Whitney Fike

Country music fans will flock to Pensacola Bay Center on Friday, May 10 for a night filled with new tunes and talented musicians. Darius Rucker will be headlining the event in promotion of his third solo country album, “True Believers,” due in stores May 21. Staying true to real-life stories that define country music, Rucker has crafted an album that is consistent and complex, full of joy, pain and passion. Now he is looking forward to the next chapter—bringing these new songs to the stage. Rucker wrote 10 of the 12 tracks and used this album to collaborate with many artists including Sheryl Crow.

The former lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish will be treating concertgoers to songs from three of his country albums. Rucker went solo and turned country in 2008 when he released “Learn to Live” with the album’s hit single, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” His current hit single, “Wagon Wheel,” co-credited to Bob Dylan and Old Crow Medicine Show, has reached No. 1 on CMT’s Hot Country Songs list. Rucker has said that his cover of the Old Crow Medicine Show song came from seeing it performed at his daughter’s talent show. He even had help from his tour partners and Capitol Records labelmates Lady Antebellum with the background vocals, and it keeps rising up the charts.

Top-charting country singer Justin Moore, and 2013 ACM New Female Vocalist winner and New Artist of the Year nominee Jana Kramer will be accompanying Rucker to Pensacola. Kramer, whose self-titled album was named “Best of 2013” by Billboard and iTunes, has sold over a million tracks including “Why Ya Wanna” and her new single, “Whiskey.” Moore’s star status has grown with number ones including, “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” and “Til My Last Day.”

DARIUS RUCKER
WHAT: Darius Rucker with Justin Moore and Jana Kramer
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 10
WHERE: Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E. Gregory St.
COST: $25 – $67.50
DETAILS: Tickets available at ticketmaster.com; dariusrucker.com