Darius Rucker Talks Country Roots On New Album 'Southern Style'

(Radio.com) Darius Rucker's fourth country album, Southern Style, stands as a wonderful showcase of his country roots. Rucker calls it his "countriest album" to date, saying he made a conscious effort this time around to aim in that direction.

Rucker says records by artists like Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith, Foster & Lloyd, Radney Foster, New Grass Revival and Dwight Yoakam had him "enamored with country music" and made him want to be a part of it. He says that Southern Style is him getting closer to those records that made him first fall in love with country music and those that he would listen to 10 to 15 times in a row.

"They made me want to come out and sing country music," he reflects. "Now, I think we're getting closer and closer to those records. I mean, I love my first three records. I think they're great. For this record, we made a more conscious effort to make a more country record."

Songs like banjo and string heavy second track on the album, the honky tonk-fused "Good For a Good Time," showcase this classic country sound."I loved every minute of cutting that song," Rucker says with a big smile. "That was the direction we were going in. Not so much all honky tonks, but instead of going poppy or more rock with records, we were trying to go the other way. It's just a big ol' party song. I think that's where we're going. We're going more into the countrier side of music than trying to go the other way." Read more here.

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