A couple of weeks ago I got to see Darius Rucker at Shepherds Bush. I loved Hootie when I was younger (which you can read a bit about here http://wp.me/p5oOZ3-z) and when Darius was announced as a Country 2 Country act for 2013 I started listening to his country music. I was so excited to be seeing him for a second time.
When Darius performs, he has this cute little wiggle and dance he does and a smile on his face. He looks so happy to be up their singing. Now he always plays a couple of Hootie songs and at C2C he covered Family Tradition. That first time seeing him the UK fans weren’t really sure what to do in this song. But by this visit we all knew our parts and this is one of my favourite songs to sing along too.
Now my sister had googled the set list and as it neared the end my friend turned to me and said “No Wagon Wheel?” and I whispered “Encore!” The band left and came back on to this song, now the set list said the final song was Purple Rain, and Darius had ended his C2C set with this song. As the opening bars started to play, I thought, this isn’t Purple Rain, it was Champagne Supernova, by Oasis! Now my sister and I were very much team Oasis in the whole Oasis vs Blur Battle of the Nineties, so we just SANG our hearts out! Apologies to those around us as we were SCREAMING! It was a brilliant end to an amazing gig!
Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It
Southern State of Mind
Let Her Cry
Hold My Hand
It Won’t Be Like This For Long
Only Wanna Be With You
Come Back Song
East Bound and Down
In Session with Bob Harris
While Darius was over he also did a session with Bob Harris, this was aired last night on Radio Two as part of Bob Harris Country. He sang the latest single, Homegrown Honey, Radio and a song called What God Wants for Christmas. Bob hinted a new studio album at the start of 2015 and Darius talked about wanting to return to the UK as often as he can. He wants to play The Royal Albert Hall and I’m sure a lot of Darius Fans what his too as well!
Listen to his session here (available till 2nd Jan 2015)
“And just let her cry if the tears fall down like rain.
Let her sing if it eases all her pain.
Let her go, let her walk right out on me.
And if the sun comes up tomorrow, let her be, let her be.”
This is the Hootie & The Blowfish song, Let her cry. Hootie were one of the first bands I really loved at aged 16 and no one else had even heard from them. Fast forward 15 + years and the lead singer Darius Rucker is now a country star in his own right. I’ve always loved this song and the lyrics, but at a recent Darius Rucker gig (18.11.14), he sang this song and I realised that when I’m sad and in pain and struggling with the world, singing* and music makes me feel better. So that’s really what inspired the title and this blog
*Lets be clear I CANNOT sing, but that doesn’t stop me
Finally, this year’s gigs
Sun 2nd Feb – Taylor Swift @02
Sun 2nd Mar – Eric Church @Shepherds Bush (for the second time)
Tues 4th Mar – Beyonce @02 (for the second time)
Sat 15th Mar – C2C Festival feat Martina McBride, Dierks Bentley, Dixie Chicks & Zac Brown Band
Sun 16th Mar – C2C Festival feat Chris Young, The Band Perry, Rascal Flatts & Brad Paisley
Wed 14th May – Barry Manilow @Wembley Arena
Wed 28th May – NKOTB @Hammersmith (third time)
Sun 8th Jun – One Direction @Wembley Stadium
Sun 6th July – Kasey Musgraves @Shepherds Bush (second time & John & Jacob support)
Sat 12th July – Eminem @Wembley Stadium
Mon 21st July – John & Jacob @The Borderline
Sun 12th October – Ed Sheeran @02 (for the second time)
Tues 18th Nov – Darius Rucker @Shepherds Bush
Plus still to come
Thurs 11th Dec – Professor Green @Roundhouse