Darius Rucker Makes Fatherhood the Priority

10/12/2008 at 08:00 AM ET
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Times have changed for Darius Rucker, in more ways than one! The 42-year-old former frontman for the rock band Hootie and the Blowfish has switched over to country music with his new album Learn To Live, and has embraced a slower lifestyle in the process. Now that he’s a dad, Darius says that his days of non-stop partying are over. "’I want to coach my little kids’ football team and go to dance recitals," Darius says. "Seriously, that’s what I want to do."

"There was a time I wanted to be on the road all the time, being a rock star. I have different priorities in life."

One of the things Darius says he loves the most about the new genre is the storytelling element to country music, and as a dad, he has many stories to tell. The track ‘It Won’t Be Like This for Long’ was written with his two daughters — ages 13 and 7 — in mind, and Darius says he’s in the process of getting his youngest child guitar lessons. "My kids have to play an instrument," he says with a laugh. "But trust me, I’m not going to teach my kids how to be a guitar player…I’m going to let someone else teach them."

Source: Toledo Blade

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mtoo on

It must be nice to be a man and be able to say that you choose to be with your kids without anyone looking at you askance!

It’s a shame that in today’s society when some of we women say that we choose to stay home with our children and love keeping our home, we’re either told, “oh no honey, you’ve just been brainwashed by a patriarchal society into thinking that you like it and are actually too dumb to know that you really don’t” or are told that we are a disappointment to our gender.

ms3 on

I love what he has to say about the storytelling aspect of country music. I’m not a big country music fan, myself, but I do respect it on that level, and I must say, Mr. Rucker’s new album is nothing to scoff at. I can’t stop listening to Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It and Forever Road.

mp on

I’ve always liked Darius. I was getting my library degree at USC when H&TB was still a local band in Columbia, and I always felt pride in watching their rise. His daughters are lucky girls.

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