Yesterday, Darius Rucker stopped by the Today Show to perform a few tunes for the fans including “Homegrown Honey,” “Southern Style” and “Wagon Wheel.” Check it out!
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“Front and Center” filmed brand-new episodes of the CMA Songwriters Series on Monday night at Marathon Music Works in Nashville. Twenty-time CMA Award winner and Country Music icon Ronnie Dunn, reigning CMA New Artist of the Year Brett Eldredge, and CMA Award winner and Grand Ole Opry member Darius Rucker all took the stage as part of the tapings, joined by an arsenal of hit songwriters.
Award-winning songwriter Rucker was joined on stage by an illustrious group of songwriters including Casey Beathard, Nathan Chapman, Chris Dubois, Ashley Gorley, Tim James, Charles Kelley, Clay Mills, Frank Rogers, and Rivers Rutherford.
Dunn, of the legendary CMA Award-winning duo Brooks & Dunn, had a set that featured appearances by songwriters on some of his biggest career hits and the lead single from his forthcoming third solo album Ain’t No Trucks In Texas (Nash Icon Records).
Eldredge performed a high-energy show from his debut album Bring You Back including No. 1 hits “Don’t Ya,” “Beat of the Music,” and “Mean to Me” along with “Lose My Mind” and other songs from his upcoming sophomore album Illinois, out Sept. 11th.
Eldredge and Dunn also performed together for the first time on stage. Collectively their sets included performances with songwriters Ross Copperman, Dallas Davidson, Bob DiPiero, Tom Douglas, Travis Hill, Tommy Lee James, Tony Martin, Wendell Mobley, Heather Morgan, Neil Thrasher, and Craig Wiseman.
The taped episodes will air early 2016 on public television as part of the ongoing partnership between “Front and Center” and the CMA Songwriters Series.
“Front and Center” is the critically-acclaimed, original one-hour concert series that airs commercial-free on public television. Now in its sixth season, the show has presented an eclectic mix of Grammy, CMA, and American Music Award winners, rock icons, and multi-Platinum sellers including Dierks Bentley, Counting Crows, Goo Goo Dolls, Jack Johnson, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, The Fray, Train, Keith Urban, and more.
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As Darius Rucker, Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum and Nathan Chapman have learned, sometimes you walk out of the writing room with more than just a hit song. Friends before they teamed up, the three songwriters of Rucker’s No. 1 country hit, “Homegrown Honey,” now have a bond few others get to experience.
The trio celebrated the success of “Homegrown Honey,” the first single off Rucker’s fourth chart-topping country album, Southern Style, on Monday, Aug. 24 at the hip Corsair Distillery and William Collier’s Room at Marathon Music Works in Nashville, Tenn.
“Every song I’ve ever written that I love immensely or became a big hit, there’s a bond there,” Rucker told reporters. “You remember sitting in that room, and we all do it all the time. We all sit in a room and we write thousands of songs a year and we punch them in. There’s all these songs in Nashville and you were in a room with two other guys, and here it is the most-played song in our business. That creates a bond that’s lasting, that’s unbelievable. When you see each other, you shake hands and giggle.”
Both Rucker and Kelley told the crowd how excited they were to celebrate Chapman’s first No. 1 hit as a songwriter (he has earned several as a producer, most notably for Taylor Swift). The song was produced by Frank Rogers and is Rucker’s seventh No. 1.
The song, illustrated by a video shot in Rucker’s native Charleston, S.C. and around the world, is about a young woman who leaves her hometown on a quest of discovery. Rucker has been on his own travels recently, journeying to Nashville to tape a Country Music Association edition of PBS’ Front & Center. Later this week, he’ll wrap the first leg of his Southern Style Tour, which has drawn more than 700,000 fans to date, after an appearance Friday morning on TODAY’s Toyota Concert Series at Rockefeller Center in New York.
After that, he’ll be appearing Sept. 9 on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, then kicks off the fall leg of the Southern Style Tour on Oct. 8 in Chicago with David Nail and A Thousand Horses as support. Rucker’s latest single, the title cut from his latest Capitol Records Nashville release, is currently climbing the charts at country radio.
Pictured (L-R, front row): “Homegrown Honey” co-writers Charles Kelley, Darius Rucker and Nathan Chapman; (back row): Warner/Chappell’s BJ Hill, ASCAP’s Mike Sistad, UMG’s Mike Dungan, BMI’s Jody Williams, UMPG’s Ron Stuve and producer Frank Rogers. Photo: Ed Rode
Nashville fans, tickets for the upcoming CMA Songwriter Series shows at Marathon Music Works are on sale NOW! Each show will be taped for the critically acclaimed television series “Front and Center.” Darius Rucker & Friends will take the stage at 6:30 PM, followed by a second show featuring Brett Eldredge, Ronnie Dunn & Friends at 9:30 PM.
There’s only a limited supply of tickets still available, order now before they sell out!