Have you ever heard a song on country radio and thought, “There’s absolutely nothing country about that song?” You’re not alone.
Darius Rucker has had the same thought, but he also feels that country music should be allowed to change with the times, just like every other style of music.
He explains to Pennsylvania’s The Morning Call, “There’s this whole fashion of people who want to take back country music and make it old school and country music to those people is the only kind of music that’s not allowed to evolve.”
Since he began his music career in the pop-rock world with Hootie & The Blowfish, Darius refers to past rock music greats to argue it’s not realistic to expect young fans to instantly relate to music that’s decades older than they are.
“I mean, rock ‘n’ roll, there’s nobody sounds like The Beatles. There’s nobody sounds like Bill Haley and The Comets right now,” Darius says. “Pop music has changed drastically over the years and keeps changing. And, you know, everybody wants country music to be the same.”
Of note, Darius says his latest album, Southern Style, is his most country-sounding project to date. The title cut is climbing the country radio chart now.
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