October 24th, 2010
06:30 PM ET
Hootie & the Blowfish are celebrating their 25th anniversary, just as their lead singer is hitting the top of the country charts.
Darius Rucker’s new album, “Charleston, SC 1966,” debuted at No. 1 on the Country Albums chart and at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. It also sold more than 100,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielson SoundScan.
Rucker formed Hootie & the Blowfish in 1985 with guitarist Mark Bryan when Bryan discovered Rucker singing in the shower at the University of South Carolina. Now Columbia, South Carolina, is celebrating the group’s start with a permanent memorial, according to The State.
Rucker went country with the release of his first album in 2008. “Learn to Live” sold more than 1 million copies and earned him a CMA award for best new artist. Now his single, “Come Back Song" - which is from his new album - is already at No. 2.
It’s obvious Rucker is a success no matter the genre. But why the move from rock to country?
“I'm a Southerner,” Rucker told CMT. “You know, I lived in New York for a couple of years and really realized it wasn't for me. I'm just sort of laidback. That Charleston attitude, you know. There's no place for me to live but Charleston, really.”
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