Darius Rucker
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"Darius Carlos Rucker" is an American musician. He first gained fame as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the Grammy Award-winning rock music/rock band Hootie & the Blowfish, which he founded in 1986 at the University of South Carolina along with Mark Bryan, Jim Sonefeld/Jim "Soni" Sonefeld and Dean Felber. The band has released five studio albums with him as a member, and charted six top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100/Billboard Hot 100. Rucker co-wrote the majority of the band's songs with the other three members.

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It was such a blur. All we saw was that the shows were getting bigger. It's like people say, a lot of it is a timing thing. We came out at the right time.

We realized instantly it was going to be like that. People wanted to compare it to what we'd d done before. But are we going to complain about selling 16 million records? I don't think so.

Dave LaChapelle talked me into it, ... I thought it was going to be no big deal, probably not too many people would see it. Then I was having a party during the Daytona 500, and it was the first commercial on it. I told my wife, 'Honey, I think I'm in trouble.'

Don is our George Martin.

Is always sold-out, and it's always a lot of fun. There's always something different.

I'm hoping the backlash is over. We've been going through that for the past eight years.

If one of our faces wasn't there, we'd probably quit.

We wanted to have our own nice, small label that has respect in the industry. We're really looking forward to the ride with them.

Our sound is a combination of a lot of influences.