Learn to Live

Learn to Live

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by Darius Rucker
     
 
As the front man of Hootie & The Blowfish, Darius Rucker has already experienced success - earning 2 Grammy awards and selling over 25 million albums worldwide. Now, embracing his country roots and a music he has always wanted to make, Darius is attracting the attention of country fans who are discovering his voice for the first time, and rewarding Hootie fans with

Overview

As the front man of Hootie & The Blowfish, Darius Rucker has already experienced success - earning 2 Grammy awards and selling over 25 million albums worldwide. Now, embracing his country roots and a music he has always wanted to make, Darius is attracting the attention of country fans who are discovering his voice for the first time, and rewarding Hootie fans with new music featuring one of the most unique voices across any genre of music. Featuring his debut country single, "Don't Think I Don't Think About It", Learn to Live features 12 undeniable country hits and a voice that is unarguably Darius Rucker. "I have always written country songs...for me, this is really just part of the natural evolution of my career. I plan to be doing this for a long time. This isn't a one album deal - it's a career thing," explains Rucker. From the Label

Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Jon Caramanica
Learn to Live, his second solo album (in 2002 he released Back to Then, a tame, awkward, largely unpleasant collection of neo-soul), is impressively eclectic and sharply written. It’s one of the year’s most vibrant country albums.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2008
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0094638550624
catalogNumber:
85506
Rank:
8599

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Performance Credits

Darius Rucker   Primary Artist
Alison Krauss   Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
David Angell   Strings
Ron Block   Banjo
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Pat Buchanan   Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
David Davidson   Strings
Dan Dugmore   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Vince Gill   Background Vocals
John Hobbs   Conductor
Anthony LaMarchina   Cello,Viola
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar,Guitar (Resonator)
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Greg Morrow   Drums
Gordon Mote   Piano,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Pamela Sixfin   Strings
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Strings
Kristin Wilkinson   Violin
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Monisa Angell   Violin
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Bradley Clark   Vocals
Brad Paisley   Electric Guitar
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Jim "Moose" Brown   Piano,Wurlitzer
Phillip Stein   Vocals
Sarah Ross   Vocals
Melissa Fuller   Vocals
Frank Randazzo   Vocals
Waylon Weatherholt   Vocals
Ann Inman   Vocals
Brad Clark   Vocals
Mike Johnson   Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Neal Cappellino   overdub engineer
John Hobbs   Arranger,String Arrangements
Steve Short   overdub engineer
Kristin Wilkinson   Arranger,String Arrangements
Jason Lehning   overdub engineer
Darius Rucker   Composer
Rivers Rutherford   Composer
Monty Criswell   Composer
Richard Barrow   Engineer,overdub engineer
Dave Berg   Composer
Frank Rogers   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Patrick Davis   Composer
Clayton Mills   Composer
Joanna Carter   Art Direction
Christophe Dubois   Composer
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Chris Stapleton   Composer
Wade Kirby   Composer

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Learn to Live 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love Hootie and the Blowfish, you will LOVE this solo CD. One song is better than the next!! I blast it in my car. I LOVE THE COUNTRY EDGE TO IT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Courtry musice has a new songwriting troubadour and I found this collection of songs to be very heart felt and entertaining. It will be in my cd player. It may not have a hard gritty honky tonking flavor, but it is definitely a country cd and has several very danceable cuts - two step anyone. For those times when you don't feel like honky tonk or outlaw or new country more rock than not sounds, this cd is perfect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always been a Hootie fan. So, when I found out that Darius Rucker was doing his own country CD, I was very curious. I was very pleased with the music. And, I LOVE the fact that he's not only singing, but wrote or co-wrote every song. After the final song was over, I couldn't help but think, &quot That's all!?&quot My only complaint has to do with my being pregnant right now. Two of the songs made me cry... a lot. But, a few more of the songs are hilarious... Brad Paisley-style, if you ask me. You should definitely try it. It's a great listen!
NJN-TEXAS More than 1 year ago
I was on my way to work a couple of months ago when i first heard "Don't think I don't think about it" and instantly fell in love with that song. I pre-ordered the CD thinking it would be good, but once I received it, I found out it was GREAT. Every song is great and I've been playing it over and over in my car and have downloaded it to my ipod.

This is the best CD I have heard in a very long time.

I hope there's another out from Darius soon. He's got "country" down to an art.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This whole CD is great. It is one of the few CDs that I can listen to straight through. Most of the time there are only 3 or 4 songs on a CD I like, but I like all of the songs on Darius's CD. There are funny songs and there are a few emotional songs ("I Hope They Get to Me in Time"). I've liked Darius since his Hootie days. I hope he has a nice LONG career!
blackfyre More than 1 year ago
When I first listened to this images ran through my mind of cowboys riding horses on the open range or in pickups, alone, after a hard day of working or a hard night of carousing. The album reminds me of older C&W which I always enjoyed. The twang in the background gets me. I love it! Darious' voice is made for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first heard of this Country and Western CD on Oprah and was a little skeptical. Hootie and the Blowfish's "Cracked Rear View" is my all-time favorite album and Darius Rucker's solo endeavor does not disappoint. This is one of those albums that I can leave in my car CD player and listen to for weeks without tiring of the music. The infusion of humor in songs like "All I Want" and "Drinkin and Dialin" exemplifies Rucker's smooth transition to the C&W genre. I look forward to his next body of work.
abigailJW More than 1 year ago
Darius was good with Hootie, but I guess his calling was country and he sure sounds good and done a good job. Anyone who likes or liked Hootie and The Blowfish will like his new sound in country, I know I did. Good job Darius!!!
needlepointer89 More than 1 year ago
Every song is great! Every one tells a great story - whether funny or sad. I highly recommend people get his CD - whether you liked in with Hootie and the Blowfish or not (I loved them) - he is an amazing singer and storyteller.
gunnarKS More than 1 year ago
Love this CD!!! Mainly fun and happy tunes well recorded and great voice!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
had my tivo to record the cma awards and when iwas playing it back saw daris rucker perfoming the song alright. great song and a great singer. this guy is a genius and sings his heart out great performer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this amazing artist is the first black country singer of all time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! His best song is"alright" this imperessive artist is the best so far trust me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!john nelson brundage the third,7th grade gaiser middle school student,vancouver, washington, united states of amrica,thanks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This album is fantastic and by far, the best pop country album since 2008 when it was released. I wasn't even a big country music fan, but I had a hunch that it would be good. All of the tracks except for the ballad "If I had Wings" are catchy pop/country songs that will definitely have you bouncing your knee and wanting to groove along. Perfect music for entertaining guests in a social setting. I listen to it almost every time i'm driving my bass boat down the road off to go fishing. Still my favorite country record I have and it's been over a year since I bought it.
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