Nation singer Darius Rucker has been one in every of nation music’s most dominating voices since his solo album debut in 2009. As the previous front-man of the band Hootie and the Blowfish, he’s solely the second Black artist to have a no. 1 nation hit since Charley Pleasure in 1983. Nonetheless, all of this success doesn’t imply he has not skilled racism as a Black man in nation music, which he mentioned in a latest radio interview.
In keeping with Too Fab, whereas talking with the Colour Me Nation radio present, Rucker mentioned, “The primary time I walked into [a country radio station] — no person mentioned they wouldn’t play it. What was mentioned was, ‘I don’t suppose my viewers will settle for a Black nation singer.’ Similar to that. ‘I really like the track. I feel it’s nation. Find it irresistible. I’m going to play it tomorrow, however I don’t suppose my viewers will settle for a Black nation singer.’”
Rucker continued, “I am going, ‘Wow. Actually? I assumed music was notes and phrases and chords. I didn’t know music was coloration. I discovered that out right now.”
The nation legend additionally talked about being a Black nation performer.
“I wasn’t actually fascinated with the Black nation singer factor. I needed folks to play my music for my music. When you just like the track, please play it. If not, don’t. Don’t play it as a result of I’m Black, and please don’t not play it as a result of I’m Black.”
Rucker revealed the rise of the Black Lives Matter motion has impressed him to talk out extra, “I’m not an actual political man. I don’t actually get into that stuff. However I simply felt prefer it was time to say one thing as a result of I used to be feeling totally different.”
On Wednesday (Nov 11), Rucker will host the 54th Annual Nation Music Awards with Reba McEntire. He’ll turn into the second Black individual to host the occasion and can current Charley Pleasure with a Lifetime Achievement Award.