Darius Rucker Talks His New Album, Hootie & the Blowfish, Working With Ed Sheeran & More | Billboard News

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Darius Rucker talks about his first new album in six years, Carolyn’s Boy, why he wanted to name the album after his mom, the success of Hootie and the Blowfish, working with Ed Sheeran, the recent popularity of country music on the Billboard charts and more!

Darius Rucker:
You’ll sing a line and he’ll sing it back and he’s singing it different and he’s saying different words, but they’re just better. Hey, I’m Darius Rucker, and this is Billboard News.

Tetris Kelly:
Hey, it’s Tetris Kelly with Billboard News hanging out with Darius Rucker. How’s it going?

Darius Rucker:
Oh, good. I cannot complain.

Tetris Kelly:
We’ve got to talk about this new music. So Carolyn’s Boy is out on Oct. 6, six years since your last release. So why now? What has taken six years?

Darius Rucker:
When the pandemic hit and everything, it slowed everything down. But it also made it to where, you know, there was no rush for the record, so I took my time. I think it’s time for it to come out.

Tetris Kelly:
And then of course, Carolyn’s Boy, obviously, referencing your mom. So what was it like to name the album after her?

Darius Rucker:
You know, it was during the pandemic, and everything over writing the record, and I was having a bad day. And I just remember, I just said to myself, “You know, at the end of the day, I’m just my mama’s boy.” And so I decided I was gonna name it Carolyn’s Boy after that, but … it was just, she’s been, she was such a big influence on me. And she was so important in my life. And, you know, it was time for me to do something special with that.

Watch our interview with Darius Rucker above!