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Lucy Hale, Jerrod Niemann, Darius Rucker & More to Announce ACM Nominees


Tomorrow is bound to be a big day for country fans, as the ACM’s will announce their nominees via digital press conference. The third annual ACM digital press conference, hosted by the Academy of Country Music, CBS Television and dick clark productions via ACM social media channels will announce the nominees for the 49th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. Country Music’s Party of the Year will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live EST on CBS.

Country stars like Lucy Hale, Jerrod Niemann and Darius Rucker will contribute to the festivities, as will some of the biggest names in entertainment including Fox Sports broadcaster Erin Andrews, 2 Broke Girls star Beth Behrs, reigning ACM Songwriter of the Year Dallas Davidson, The Insider co-anchor Kevin Frazier and CBS This Morning co-anchor Gayle King. They’ll be joined by Entertainment Tonight co-anchor Nancy O’Dell, Duck Dynasty stars Willie and Korie Robertson,Darius Rucker,The Talk hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler & Sheryl Underwood. More surprise guests will also announce via videos posted in real time to fans and media, simultaneously.

 Nominations will be announced via the ACM Facebook Page and the ACM Twitter Feed.

Darius Rucker Announces 2014 True Believers Tour Featuring Eli Young Band and Special Guest David Nail


Darius Rucker will be hitting the road early next year on his “True Believers” Tour, named after his third country album. Joining him on the tour will be the Eli Young Band and David Nail.

“As an entertainer, there’s nothing like seeing the fans react to your music,” Says Rucker. “I’ve been blessed to have country radio take six of our songs to No. 1, so we thought it was the perfect time to take the True Believers Tour on the road,” shares Rucker in an issued press release.Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Nov. 15. For more information, visit Rucker’s official website here.

“True Believers” Tour Dates:

Jan. 29 – Champaign, Ill. | Assembly
Jan. 30 – Ft. Wayne, Ind. | Memorial Coliseum
Jan. 31 – Ypsilanti, Mich. | Convocation Center
Feb. 13 – Hershey, Pa. | Giant Center
Feb. 14 – Albany, N.Y. | Times Union
Feb. 15 – Verona, N. Y. | Stone Event Center
Feb. 20 – Charleston, S. C. | Coliseum
Feb. 21 – Columbia, S. C. | Colonial Life Arena
Feb. 22 – Asheville, N. C. | US Cellular Center*
Feb. 27 – Erie, Pa. | Insurance Arena
Feb. 28 – Youngstown, Ohio | Coveli Center
March 1 – Roanoke, VA. | Civic Center
March 7 – Enid, Okla. | Convention Hall
March 8 – Salina, Kan. | Bicentennial Center*
March 9 – Loveland, Colo. | Budweiser Events Center

Darius Rucker debuts new single Radio

Darius Rucker.

On the heels of his RIAA Platinum-selling, two-week No. 1 smash single, “Wagon Wheel,” Capitol recording artist Darius Rucker heads to New York City, N.Y. to debut “Radio,” the second release off his latest album TRUE BELIEVERS, which debuted at No. 1 in May. In preparation for the “Radio” release, Rucker will make appearances and perform the single on NBC’s “Today Show” and CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman,” airing this Thursday, July 11. (Check local listings for times.)

“Radio” officially hits country airwaves Monday, July 22.

Upon Rucker’s return to Nashville next week, he’ll be stopping by his home-away-from-home with a five-song set at the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday, July 16.  Rucker fulfilled a lifelong dream when he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry last October.

Rucker recently wrapped the first leg of his TRUE BELIEVERS TOUR, his first-ever as a solo headliner.  Joining him on the road were Rodney Atkins, Jana Kramer and Justin Moore.  Additional tour dates are available on with fall TRUE BELIEVERS TOUR dates and details to be announced in the upcoming weeks.

Are you excited for Darius’ new single and new tour?

Darius Rucker not invited to CMA Fest

Darius Rucker.

Here’s some news that might be surprising to country fans. Darius Rucker won’t be appearing at CMA Fest this year… because he wasn’t invited. Fans looking to catch a performance from the Hootie & The Blowfish frontman are in luck: he’ll be performing at the CMT Awards this year during CMA Fest week, and he’ll also be holding his annual St. Jude’s benefit show at the Wildhorse Saloon on June 3rd. His “Darius Rucker & Friends” concert is sold out.

The Grand Ole Opry member let fans know himself that he wasn’t invited this year via Twitter:

@TES112980: @dariusrucker Are you going to be at CMA Fest this year?” Not invited


Darius is currently promoting his latest single “Wagon Wheel,” from his new album “True Believers” which is now available at both digital and physical retailers.

Are you disappointed to find out Darius wasn’t invited to be part of CMA Fest this year?

VIDEO: Darius Rucker – Wagon Wheel

Darius Rucker.

Capitol Nashville artist Darius Rucker debuted the video for his latest single, “Wagon Wheel,” last week on A&E network’s “DUCK DYNASTY” FACEBOOK page. The Hootie & The Blowfish lead singer will be releasing his third solo country album “True Believers” on May 21st.

His brand new music video features cameo appearances by Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley, and stars from the hit series Duck Dynasty. Check out the official music video below and let us know what you think. Are you excited for Opry Member Darius Rucker’s record?

VIDEO: Darius Rucker Invited To Become Member of Opry

Darius Rucker had quite a surprise waiting for him at his Grand Ole Opry performance last night. The Hootie and the Blowfish front-man was asked to become a member of the Opry during a cute question-and-answer session during his performance. After pretending to be an “Opry” fan in the audience who had a two-part question, Brad Paisley asked Darius if he still thought he was the worst poker player in the world. Then he asked the “True Believers” singer if he wanted to become the latest member of the Opry.

Watch the moving video below and check out Darius’ reaction to the invitation. His induction will take place on October 16th.

Darius Rucker Launches Fantasy Football Game

Darius Rucker.

“Come Back Song” singer Darius Rucker is launching a brand new college football game for his fans. The new College Fantasy Football game is called Pigskin Fantasy U (PFU), and its a spinoff of the original game where participants will be able to draft entire college football teams instead of single players. Each week, the participants will select teams to bench or play and points will be awarded for starting teams that win their games.

Darius, who is a graduate of the University of  South Carolina and he’s a big Gamecocks fan. He’s been named the Celebrity Commissioner of PFU.

“I can’t wait for football season to start.”Watching games on Saturday is one of my favorite things to do and adding Pigskin Fantasy U to the mix is going to be awesome. My buddies and I needed another reason to talk about football and trash talk each other.”

To get in on the action in PFU, you can register for free until October 31st on Just like original fantasy football games, participants can play against their friends in their own custom leagues, and participate in a live draft to get their teams together.

Darius’ new single “True Believers” from his upcoming brand new studio album is out on country radio right now.

Darius Rucker Renews Publishing Contract

Darius Rucker.

Darius Rucker has renewed his publishing contract with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) this week. The worldwide publishing agreement includes work on his upcoming album due out early 2013, as well as his previous country solo efforts “Learn To Live,” and “Charleston, SC 1973.”

“We’re thrilled to extend our already successful relationship with Darius Rucker. Darius has raised the bar with his upcoming album and we look forward to many more years of hit songs, including the newest single, ‘True Believers,’” said UMPG Nashville EVP/GM Kent Earls.

Darius is just as excited to stay with UMPG. He shares:

“UMPG has been a partner from the beginning– since ‘Learn To Live’– and they are as passionate about my music as I am. For me, that’s what’s it’s all about. I can hardly wait to share this new music with the fans.”

Darius’ new single, “True Believers,” is available right now on iTunes. Have you picked up your copy yet? What’s your favorite Darius song?

Darius Rucker & Friends Line-Up Announced

Darius Rucker & Friends

The third annual Darius Rucker and Friends line-up has been announced, and Monday should be a great time! The event, which raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Nashville, includes a celebrity golf tournament and concert at the Wildhorse Saloon. Special guests expected to appear include Sunny Sweeney, Clint Black, Rodney Atkins, Chuck Wicks and a few more surprises. Doors open at 6 pm and the concert kicks off at 7:30 pm in downtown Nashville. Event posters and t-shirt sales from the night will directly benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

“We’ve had so much fun the last two years with friends jamming on stage for a great cause,” says Rucker.  “I’m excited to continue that tradition with this year’s event.”


The Hootie & The Blowfish frontman is working on his third solo country album with producer Frank Rogers. The record will serve as the follow-up to 2010′s “Charleston, SC 1966″ and his now-platinum “Learn To Live” from 2008.

A limited number of tickets still remain for Monday night’s concert, and fans can purchase tickets at the Wildhorse Saloon or by calling them directly at 615-902-8200.


Darius Rucker & Friends Returns For Third Year

Darius Rucker. photo credit: EB Media / Jim Wright.

Platinum-selling country music artist Darius Rucker has announced plans to bring back his “Darius Rucker and Friends” for a third year this year. The benefit concert and tournament will once again be sponsored by GAC and will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. The celebrity golf tournament will take place on Monday, June 4th, 2012 and will raise funds to help get the best care possible for children with cancer and their families with no cost to the families.

Darius’ concerts alone have raised over $100,000 for St. Jude with support of his friends like Rodney Atkins, Easton Corbin, Radney Foster, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Justin Moore, Jerrod Niemann, Jake Owen, and Kid Rock.

“This has become my favorite way to start off the week of CMA Fest – golf and music for a great cause.  With the support of our friends at GAC, Gaylord Springs, and the Wildhorse Saloon, we’ll be able to raise even more for St. Jude.  Ever since I made my first visit to the hospital,” Rucker continues, “I was so moved, I knew I needed to be part of it and support it in any way possible. These events allow me to honor the outstanding work of the researchers, doctors and staff at St. Jude and I’m honored to be able to help contribute to their efforts.”
This year’s events will once again kick off CMA Fest at the Gaylord Springs Golf Links with the “St. Jude Darius and Friends Golf Classic.” Although Darius has not yet announced his special guests joining him for his concert, tickets went on-sale this week for his fanclub members, and with general public on-sale on Satuday through the Wildhorse Saloon website. 100 percent of the proceeds from the concert will go to St. Jude.
Performer announcements for the concert will be made as the date gets closer.