Capitol Nashville recording artist Darius Rucker recently released his debut single “Homegrown Honey” from his upcoming fourth country album. Rucker’s three previous albums (Learn To Live, Charleston, SC 1969 and True Believers) have all debuted at the top of the Billboard Country albums chart. Recent album True Believers features the Platinum-certified, ACM and CMA nominated, GRAMMY award-winning two week No. 1 single “Wagon Wheel.” Rucker’s first two country albums, Learn To Live and Charleston, SC 1966 produced five No. 1 singles including “Come Back Song,” “This,” “Alright,” “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” and “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” In 2009 Rucker was named New Artist of the Year at the CMA Awards. He achieved a personal goal and childhood dream when he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on October 16, 2012.
Darius Rucker always looks forward to Christmas, not just because he gets a little downtime with his family after being on the road so much, but because he truly enjoys the holiday and all the magic that goes along with it.
He and his family have a routine they pretty much stick to on the big day. “Christmas at the Rucker house is pretty laid-back,” says Darius. “Our kids wake up early – real early – and open their gifts and we hang out, have breakfast, go to church, come home and PLAY, play with toys and hang out and see family who comes by, and we go to see family. It’s just a pretty normal, fun Christmas Day.” Sounds like a great time! But if you happen to receive a gift from Darius, just know he wasn’t the one doing the wrapping! “I buy it and go, ‘Honey, wrap this!’ I don’t wrap, and it definitely doesn’t look like Dillards’ [wrapping],” he admits. “It would be frumpy is what it would be. [laughs]”
Darius, who released his first Christmas album Home for the Holidays in 2014, loves to take it easy during the holidays after being on the road all year long. One way he winds down with his family is to watch Christmas movies…however, he can’t pick just one favorite.
“That’s such a hard question, favorite Christmas movie, because there are so many great movies that I can think of just off the top of my head that are great Christmas movies,” says Darius. “But it would be a tie between Miracle on 34th Street, which is still just great acting, great movie. I just love it. I love watching it. I watch it probably four times every Christmas and cry at the end every time. And I love Elf. I just think Elf is one of the absolute great stories and just funniest movies I’ve ever seen, and it just happens to be a Christmas movie. It’s one of my favorite movies.”
Darius Rucker (Christmas in the Rucker household) OC: …Christmas Day. :19
“Christmas at the Rucker house is pretty laid-back. Our kids wake up early – real early – and open their gifts and we hang out, have breakfast, go to church, come home and PLAY, play with toys and hang out and see family who comes by, and we go to see family. It’s just a pretty normal, fun Christmas Day.”
Darius Rucker (Christmas) OC: …feels special. :35
“Christmas is really that time where, that’s another thing with family. You get together, and the celebration of the birth of Christ is one of those things that I never take for granted. We always try to make it special. Because Christmas come just ones a year and it’s a holy, great holiday and we try to make is special for the family. I don’t want anything for Christmas. I bought all my stuff all year, if I see it and I want it, I buy it so Christmas is that time where I really go out of my way to make sure everybody else feels special.”
Darius Rucker (wrapping gifts) OC: … would be. [laughs]” :12
“I buy it and go, ‘Honey, wrap this!’ I don’t wrap, and it definitely doesn’t look like Dillards’ [wrapping]. It would be frumpy is what it would be. [laughs]”
Darius Rucker (favorite Christmas movies) OC: …favorite movies. :32
“That’s such a hard question, favorite Christmas movie, because there are so many great movies that I can think of just off the top of my head that are great Christmas movies. But it would be a tie between Miracle on 34th Street, which is still just great acting, great movie. I just love it. I love watching it. I watch it probably four times every Christmas and cry at the end every time. And I love Elf. I just think Elf is one of the absolute great stories and just funniest movies I’ve ever seen and it just happens to be a Christmas movie. It’s one of my favorite movies.”
Luke Bryan will perform from the Opry City Stage on ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday (December 8th), the same day his new album What Makes You Country is available. Opry City Stage, which boasts a restaurant, bar and live performance stage, is also set to open Luke’s What Makes You Country Pop-Up Shop, featuring his new album, T-shirts and more…all in Times Square.
George Strait has been named the 2018 Texan of the Year by the Texas Legislative Conference. Strait will be presented the award at the New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center March 22nd on behalf of his efforts to help Texans year-round, but most especially for his relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey. To date, he’s helped raise more than $50 million..
Watch Darius Rucker’s concert special on the AT&T Audience Network on Friday (December 8th) at 9pm ET. He recently filmed the one-hour special at New York’s famed Apollo Theater.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® will kick off a nationwide campaign called “THIS SHIRT SAVES LIVES” featuring some of the industry’s biggest names and influencers in order to create a giving movement. Nashville photographers, John Shearer and Andres Martinez, have lent their talents to the campaign, shooting many of the over 80 artist images that will be featured.
The campaign will be supported by St. Jude Country Cares radio partners to cover more than 120 markets in December. The on-air push will coincide with a social push as artists and influencers wear and share photos in THIS SHIRT on their socials.
St. Jude has long given apparel as a thank you to “Partners In Hope,” donors who give $20 per month to the hospital’s lifesaving work. THIS SHIRT SAVES LIVES T-shirt will exclusively be available to those that become Partners In Hope.
“St. Jude is an amazing organization, and whenever you see that name you trust that it’s the best of all causes,” said award-winning singer, songwriter and longtime St. Jude supporter Luke Bryan. “It’s important for me to be a part of causes that inspire people. It’s a life-changing experience to get to see St. Jude and meet the kids who are fighting for their lives.”
St. Jude will officially launch the campaign with an industry-wide reception at the Country Music Association in Nashville on Monday, December 4, 2017.
Confirmed artists include: Luke Bryan, Brothers Osborne, Darius Rucker, Jon Pardi, Kip Moore, Josh Turner, Easton Corbin, Kacey Musgraves, Canaan Smith, Brandon Lay, Mickey Guyton, Brett Eldredge, Cassadee Pope, Chris Janson, Chris Young, Cole Swindell, Dustin Lynch, Hunter Hayes, Jake Owen, Kelsea Ballerini, Lee Brice, Maren Morris, Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery and Thomas Rhett.
Since 1989, Country Cares for St. Jude Kids has raised more than $750 million for the kids of St. Jude.
To join the THIS SHIRT SAVES LIVES movement, visit: www.thisshirtsaveslives.org.
About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook (facebook.com/stjude) and following us on Twitter (@stjude).