Darius Rucker Talks New Album 'Southern Style'

(Radio.com) Darius Rucker says Southern Style is the "countriest" album he's ever released. "I think with the themes and instrumentation, to me it sounds country," Rucker tells Radio.com, during a recent chat in Nashville. "This was a fun record. I'm getting close to all those records that made me want to make country records. I'm trying to get closer and closer to them."

When talking about Southern Style, the word "fun" comes up frequently. And after listening to lead single "Homegrown Honey," as well as the title track, it's clear this was the focal point of the album. 'We wanted to have a little more fun with this record," Rucker says.

"Homegrown Honey" is just one example. Written with Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, Rucker said the instant they finished writing the song with Nathan Chapman, he knew it was destined for radio.

'[When] we finished it, we were sitting around and I said, 'This is my single,'" he recalls. "There was no doubt in my mind that that was my first single. This song was so much fun. It's [about] a guy I'm not anymore, but we can sing about it anyway."

Title track "Southern Style," which Rucker wrote with Rivers Rutherford, continues the fun. "It's one of those country songs that I love," Rucker says of the ode to a Southern woman. "It's such a cool story about everybody. It just felt right for me with this record. The songs I was hearing, the songs I was cutting, it had a cool theme of Southern living going through it so I thought Southern Style would be a cool name for the record." Read more here.

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