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Darius Rucker Reacts To Scoring No. 1 Hit With 'Homegrown Honey'

04/01/2015
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(Radio.com) "A No. 1 never gets old," Darius Rucker says with a big smile on his face. Rucker visited Radio.com's New York offices Monday (March 30), less than 24 hours after learning that his song "Homegrown Honey," which he wrote with Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and Nathan Chapman, would top this week's Mediabase country singles chart.

'Homegrown Honey" is the lead single off Rucker's fourth solo album, Southern Style, due for release today (March 31). "I remember my first No. 1. I remember how moved I was. It was really exciting. It was such a cool moment," he recalls.

"Yesterday when I got the text that we were probably going to be No. 1 again, it was the same feeling of, 'This is awesome!' To know that you're the most played record in country music is pretty awesome. "When I texted Charles [Kelley] to say congratulations he said it perfectly. He said, 'It just never gets old.' It's still awesome."

'I was playing golf with Charles Kelley one day," Rucker explained to us in an earlier interview. 'Charles is probably my best friend in the business. 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." Read more here.

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