Let's get one thing straight: his name is Darius, not "Hootie." Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, Rucker would find fame as the frontman for Hootie & the Blowfish before become a solo country artist.
He made his solo debut as an R&B artist in 2001 with the album The Return of Mongo Slade, but he would find his calling in country music in 2008 when he signed to Capitol Records in Nashville.
His first country single, "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," was a milestone for Rucker. Not only was it a #1 country hit, but it also made Rucker the first African American to have a country chart-topper as a solo artist since Charlie Pride with "Night Games" in 1983.
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