Darius Rucker is looking forward to the way forward for nation music.
Lately, the 55-year-old crooner has been outspoken about his expertise within the country music industry as a Black man and the assorted difficulties he confronted making headway in his second act regardless of beforehand hanging with the band Hootie & The Blowfish.
In an op-ed printed in The Tennessean, the musician recalled being a child and having a robust admiration for Charley Pride, significantly being enthusiastic about seeing him on the nation music selection present “Hee Haw.”
“It was a great thing for me,” Rucker gushed. “I was just a little kid and I was getting flak from my family for the music I listened to. Here was somebody that looked like me singing country music – that wasn’t supposed to be.”
He then mentioned how nation music is an amalgamation of music from different cultures and genres.
“We took elements of all those different musical genres and made it country. The banjo originated in Africa. It came over with slaves, and now it’s one of the biggest instruments in country music,” the singer stated. “Hank Williams Sr. listened to all of those blues players. I think African Americans have had a pr ofound effect on country music.”
Rucker made his option to Nashville about 14 years in the past, he stated, in hopes of constructing some headway within the nation style after years within the rock scene. He defined that when he would go to radio stations, he was “told that they didn’t think it was going to work because I was African American.”
“That was tough. But I was glad to get the truth, and it was what it was,” the singer mirrored. “When I had three number ones in a row on my first record, I think that made people go, “Nicely, perhaps we have been mistaken.”
The star stated that over time, he is realized “that you can change people’s hearts. You can change people’s minds. You can change the way people see the world, if they love you, and if they’re friends with you.”
He added: “Country music has this stigma of rebel flags and racism, and that’s changing. I think it’s changing drastically. And I’m just glad. I hope I’m remembered as one of the people that tried to fight that, and one of the reasons that changed.”