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Taylor Swift just keeps bringing out more and more friends to her party. Last night in South Carolina on her “Speak Now World Tour” she surprised fans by bringing out home-town star Darius Rucker for a duet of “Alright.” Watch the video below and tell us who you want to see Taylor sing with next:
On being invited to sing with Taylor, Darius wrote on Facebook:
A huge thanks to Taylor Swift for having me in Columbia, SC tonight to sing “Alright” with her. Had an amazing time.
CBS Radio Country KILT/HOUSTON released the lineup for their 12th annual “Ten Man Jam”.
Performers include Darius Rucker, Alan Jackson, Clay Walker, Martina McBride, Sara Evans, Eric Church, Gary Allan, Thompson Square, Jack Ingram, The Jane Dear Girls, Kevin Fowler, Josh Abbot Band, and more.
The event will take place on Wednesday, December 7th at the Verizon Wireless Theatre in Houston. Tickets are not on sale and must be won through KILT.
Former Hootie and the Blowfish front man Darius Rucker will headline the inaugural Annika And Friends Charity Concert on May 13th, 2012. The concert starts at 7 pm EST on the North Park Lawn at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. General admission tickets will go on sale December 1st on the Annika And Friends official website at 10 am EST.
The Annika & Friends benefit weekend is a two-day affair, from May 12th to the 13th, with Darius’ concert as the big finish. Hall of fame golfer Annika Sorenstam will be joined by other famous athletes and celebrities for a weekend full of golf, social events and fine dining. All proceeds from the weekend will go towards the ANNIKA Foundation, which is raising money to help implement SPARK – the leading physical education program for children in schools across America – in elementary schools across Florida.
Lionel Richie has just been announced as the latest performer at the CMA Awards on November 9th. He’ll be previewing songs with Darius Rucker, Little Big Town and Rascal Flatts from his upcoming country duets album “Tuskegee.”
Lionel will release his album in March, which features some of country music’s hottest stars turning Lionel’s greatest hits into county duets. Some of the artists included on his record include Blake Shelton, Shania Twain, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, Willie Nelson and Jimmy Buffet.
“I was born and raised in Tuskegee, Alabama. I am a country boy and proud of it. To do this project just felt natural,” says Richie.
“Growing up with country, R&B, gospel, and classical music from my grandmother and pop, Tuskegee was the perfect melting pot for my influences as a writer,” he says, “and the title, Tuskegee, is a validation of my growing up there—the place I call home.”
You can catch Lionel’s performance on the 45th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards November 9th on ABC.
See the full tracklisting for Lionel’s duet album below:
Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery will be part of the line-up for the Country Music Association (CMA)’s “CMA Country Christmas” special. The two-hour special will be hosted by Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, and will be filmed at the Bridgestone Arena on November 10th. Tickets are still available on Ticketmaster and start at only $25. The special will air on ABC on December 1st and features performances by some of country’s top acts, as well as stars sharing their favorite Christmas time memories.
According to the Tennessean, performers include Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Sugarland, Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery, Martina McBride, Kellie Pickler with more guests to be announced as the taping gets closer.
We finally have a release date for Lionel Richie’s long awaited country duets album. Titled “Tuskegee” the record features duets with country music stars on his biggest hits. Artists on the album include Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, Tim McGraw, Shania Twain, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, and Jimmy Buffett. From the line-up alone the album should be huge. Fans can get their copy of the album when it’s released on November 8th.
See the full track list under the “read more” button.
Today was an important day for not only Americans, but the entire world, as the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. Country stars took time out of their schedules today to say a few words o the important anniversary of the day that changed the world. Here’s some of the highlights:
@reba: Thoughts and prayers go out to all the families and friends of the victims of 9/11. We’ll never forget. God Bless America!!!!!
@jakeowen: God Bless America.
@JoeDonRooney: #9/11RememberToday My thoughts & prayers go out to all those affected & especially all those lost May God bless them, always #4ever
@ashleymonroe: Paul Simon singing “Sound of SIlence” at 911 memorial right now. So appropriate. Praying for strength for every precious soul today.
@LBTmusic: Remembering 10 years ago today & I’m inspired by the amazing heroic survival stories. May we learn to live in peace Phillip #911Remembered
@coltford: Say a Prayer for the Familes of 9/11 and Say a Prayer for America. This is the Greatest Country!!! Pray for Our Soilders that keep us Safe!
@TheJoshThompson: Thoughts & Prayers to the families of those who lost their lives 10yrs ago today. God bless america.
@jrodfromoz: God Bless this amazing country & all who sacrifice so much to allow us keep it that way. Thank you to ALL our heroes & their loved ones.
See more below the “MORE” button and let us know what you were doing 10 years ago today.
For the first time since his days as the lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish, Darius Rucker is getting ready to go out on his own headlining tour. The Carolina native will be bringing friends Thompson Square, Frankie Ballard, Justin Moore and Rodney Atkins on select dates as his special guests.
“I haven’t headlined a tour since Hootie, so to say I’m excited is an understatement,” says Rucker. “It has been such an incredible experience to tour with Paisley and Rascal Flatts, and I’ve learned a lot being on the road with them. With this tour, I’m just excited to perform again for our fans, and I’m thrilled to have Rodney, Frankie, Justin, and Thompson Square joining us.”
The first few tour dates for Darius have been announced, with more to follow as they become available. For a list of these dates, click the “read more” button.
Darius is also celebrating the gold certification of his latest three singles by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). “It Won’t Be Like This For Long,” “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” and “I Got Nothin’” all received the honor recently.
We all know how much country music loves giving to everyone in need, but just in case you need to be reminded, here’s a story to make you smile.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association announced yesterday (8/18) that country music superstars Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, and Martina McBride will be apart of the 2011 MDA Labor Day Telethon. These portions were taped on June 7th at the Grand Ole Opry House during the week of the CMA Music Festival, and also includes an appearance by MDA National Goodwill Ambassador Abby Umali. The 12-year-old Umali also performed “Comeback Song” with Rucker during the taping.
Opry Vice President and General Manager, Pete Fisher, had this to say about the performances:
“We’re pleased that Country music’s most famous stage was able to help create truly memorable segments for the MDA Labor Day Telethon. Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, and Darius, transformed their Opry performances into must-watch television to help advance MDA’s lifesaving mission.”
The 46th Annual MDA Labor Telethon will be broadcasted over 160 stations on Sunday, September 4th. For more information on the organization, please visit MDA.org.
This fall, Darius Rucker will lay down his guitar and pick up a bat instead.
Rucker has been chosen as Team Captain for Piggly Wiggly team in the Slim Down the South Celebrity Softball Challange. The event takes place October 1 at Jo Riley Park in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina. Actor Bill Murray will step up as Team Captain for the opposing Wells Fargo team. Proceeds from the game will benefit Louie’s Kids, which works to fight childhood obesity.
For more information on this benefit for a wonderful cause, please visit the website here.