Darius Rucker may have gone country, but he is still grounded after all these years.
In this Sunday’s issue, Parade talks with country music singer Darius Rucker, the former frontman for Hootie & the Blowfish, about hismany passions, including fatherhood, country music, and golf.
Family life means so much to the 47-year-old Rucker because he grew up without much of a father figure in his life. His mother was the one who went to all of his football games, choir concerts, and early gigs; meanwhile, his father would disappear for days on end, sometimes months. However, Rucker overcame his absence and learned from the experience, becoming a much better dad to his own children: daughters Daniela, 12, and Cary, 18, and son Jack, 8.
Rucker is also enjoying a career resurgence after moving into the country music arena in 2008. The iconic alt-country single “Wagon Wheel” from his latest album, True Believers, is Rucker’s sixth No. 1 song in the past five years.
Check out some highlights from the article below:
On his relationship with his father:
“He was just living his life, I guess. … I’m not mad at him or anything. I thank him for teaching me what not to do because now I just want to be with my kids all of the time. … I hope they always know they can ask, ‘Dad, do you want to … ?’ And that my answer is ‘Yes.’”
On life after Hootie & the Blowfish took an extended break:
“I was really at a point where I didn’t know if I could keep doing [music]. I’d been to the mountaintop. It might have been time to do something else.”
On the buzz about his first country album, 2008’s Learn to Live:
“We were recording, and I went out for a couple of beers, and people would come up to me and say, ‘I was talking to Brad Paisley the other day and he said how great your record is.’ I was like, ‘That’s crazy. Why would Brad Paisley think to talk to somebody about my record?’”
On his early musical interests, including Buck Owens:
“My oldest brother [would say], ‘Man, why are you listening to that white boy music?’ But my mom would tell him to leave me alone, to let me listen to what I wanted to listen to.”
On his love for and frustration with golf:
“Golf is the greatest but most maddening sport there is.”
Find out the sweet birthday gift Darius Rucker’s wife gave him after a long day on the golf course at Parade.com.