Darius Rucker Talks New Album Homegrown Honey

(Radio.com) Darius Rucker may still be putting the final touches on his fourth country solo album, but that doesn't mean he can't give us some clues on what to expect. While in New York earlier this month, Rucker sat down with Radio.com to share some stories behind the songs on the release and fill us in on his forthcoming Christmas album, due out this October.

"Homegrown Honey" is the lead single and title of his fourth solo album, which Rucker opened up about writing with Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley.

"I was playing golf with Charles Kelley one day," he told Radio.com. "Charles is probably my best friend in the business, we get along really well. He said, 'Man, we've been in Nashville seven years and have never written a song.' I hadn't really thought about it, but he was right. We had never written a song together. When I got to the session he had this great idea he had started with the opening line, 'Sitting in a bar in New York City everyone here looking New York pretty.'"

Rucker explained that Kelley had the idea to write about a girl who lives in New York and is from the South and is different from everybody else. Nathan Chapman also had a hand in writing the track and is someone Rucker credits as "a genius with melodies."

"[When] we finished it, we were sitting around and I said, 'This is my single.' There was no doubt in my mind that that was my first single."

The song is a departure from Rucker's previous singles, as it's a party song. As a result, Rucker said that the song brings out a cool, fun side for him. "This song was so much fun. It's a guy I'm not anymore, but we can sing about it anyway." Read more and listen to the song here.

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