Southern Style

Southern Style

by Darius RuckerDarius Rucker


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Southern Style isn't the first time Darius Rucker has had to follow a massive success. Twenty years earlier, he had to find a way forward from Hootie & the Blowfish's smash debut Cracked Rear View and in 2015, he's tasked with finding a sequel to "Wagon Wheel," the 2013 megahit that defined his solo career. Old pro that he now is, Rucker decides to play it cool on Southern Style, never quite gunning for an outright replica of the shambling, singalong charm of "Wagon Wheel" but not running from it, either. In most respects, Southern Style follows the same template as 2013's True Believers, which was similar to 2010's Charleston, SC 1966 which, in turn, was similar to his 2008 country debut, Learn to Live. Rucker has found a way to ease his amiable roots rock onto the country charts without ever copping to contemporary country trends. "Good for a Good Time" comes close enough to a Texas dancehall number to suggest Rucker could get a little harder if he chooses, but he'd rather lay back with his acoustic guitar, singing songs that feel vaguely familiar and always rather pleasant. He'll sing about a "Half Full Dixie Cup" in a fashion that recalls a tamed Toby Keith, but there's never a sense he'll actually get drunk, and apart from "Homegrown Honey," he doesn't think it's worth his while to chase the bros up the chart. Rucker's happy to play the satisfied middle-aged dad -- he sings "heaven knows that I'm usually wrong/and you're the first one to point it out" on "Baby I'm Right" -- and that's his appeal: it's music to put on when things are getting just a little bit too hectic, but you'd never dream of running away from your problems.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/31/2015
Label: Capitol Nashville
UPC: 0602547028105
catalogNumber: 002193102
Rank: 15383

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Darius Rucker   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion
David Angell   Violin
Pat Buchanan   Slide Guitar
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
David Davidson   Violin
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Anthony LaMarchina   Cello
Brent Mason   Acoustic Guitar,Slide Guitar
Greg Morrow   Drums
Gordon Mote   Piano,Keyboards,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
Glenn Worf   Bass
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Bobby Terry   Acoustic Guitar
Derek Wells   Electric Guitar
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Frank Rogers   Piano,Electric Guitar
Andy Leftwich   Fiddle,Mandolin
Drew Davis   Background Vocals
Blake Bollinger   Background Vocals
Danny Radar   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Mike Johnson   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Rich Robinson   Slide Guitar

Technical Credits

Neal Cappellino   Engineer
John Kelton   Engineer
Keith Stegall   Producer
Kristin Wilkinson   Arranger
Rhett Akins   Composer
Brian David Willis   Engineer
Drew Bollman   Engineer
Darius Rucker   Composer
Mark Nesler   Composer
Rivers Rutherford   Composer
Deric Ruttan   Composer
Monty Criswell   Composer
Blair Daly   Composer
Richard Barrow   Engineer
Karen Naff   Art Direction
Tim James   Composer
Frank Rogers   Composer,Producer
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Troy Verges   Composer
Jessi Alexander   Composer
Drew Davis   Composer
Jeremy Spillman   Composer
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Nathan Chapman   Composer
Jonathan Singleton   Composer
Charles Kelley   Composer
Blake Bollinger   Composer
Phillip White   Composer
Kendall Marvel   Composer
Josh Thompson   Composer
Travis Humbert   Engineer

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