The Transition; Rucker’s Jam

14 11 2011

     It’s not really a secret, but I am not a big fan of country music. There might be a total of five country songs that I somewhat care for. Oddly enough, one of my favorite frontmen from a popular ’90s rock band sings one of the only country songs that I care for. Darius Rucker, the lead singer from Hootie and the Blowfish, is now widely recognized for his transition to country. Rucker, as part of the Fayetteville’s Heroes Homecoming celebration on Friday, performed in Fayetteville, NC, and the kind of ovation that is expected for the star.

    The reason for his transition and release of his debut country album in 2008 is somewhat blurry. Regardless, Rucker is still producing good music. I think the reason for his success is that he still has the same characteristics that propelled his rock music to success. Simplicity and the ability to create melodies that forever stick in the head are the keys to his music. Also, his lyrics, rock or country, were always easy to grasp because he typically sings about real events or inspirations without using some crazy metaphors to get his message across. I like that. His music appeals to more than one generation as well.

     Although, he is kind of the new kid on the block in country music, he’s doing well. If he makes a stop in OKC or Tulsa soon, I wouldn’t mind making that my first ever country music concert. I do wish, however, that he would get his old band going like it was in the ’90s again.  Anyway, as for his country song that I like, it’s called Alright. Take a listen.



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