Learn to Live

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Darius Rucker's leap into country music is not a move without precedent for the Hootie & the Blowfish lead singer, as his band was loosely rooted in country-ish roots rock. Nevertheless, a more important antecedent for Learn to Live is a 2005 Burger King commercial where Rucker was decked out in a Nudie suit while singing a spin on "Big Rock Candy Mountain." It was the unveiling of Rucker the country singer, and caused enough of a sensation to make a country album seem like a feasible move. As slight as the commercial was, it provided a stronger musical foundation than the urban R&B behind his 2002 solo debut Back to Then did, as Rucker showed no ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Darius Rucker's leap into country music is not a move without precedent for the Hootie & the Blowfish lead singer, as his band was loosely rooted in country-ish roots rock. Nevertheless, a more important antecedent for Learn to Live is a 2005 Burger King commercial where Rucker was decked out in a Nudie suit while singing a spin on "Big Rock Candy Mountain." It was the unveiling of Rucker the country singer, and caused enough of a sensation to make a country album seem like a feasible move. As slight as the commercial was, it provided a stronger musical foundation than the urban R&B behind his 2002 solo debut Back to Then did, as Rucker showed no inclination toward modern soul in Hootie, whereas Learn to Live appeals directly to the frat boys and sports fanatics that made Cracked Rear View perhaps the most inexplicable multi-platinum hit of the '90s. Like those songs, the tunes on Learn to Live are big and simple, powered by obvious hooks delivered plainly -- and truth be told, apart from the 2-step shuffle of "All I Want," the loping modern country of "Alright," and the slow pace of the clever barroom crawl "Drinkin' and Dialin'," they don't feel especially country, either. They may not be made for honky tonks, but they do feel rootsy, much like Cracked Rear View did, and as they're written with Rucker in mind, not a jam band, they're more pop in form and feel than anything he's done since. Which, of course, also makes them ingratiating: these songs aren't knockouts, but they're friendly and comfortable, the kind of sturdy roots-pop that seems like it'd be easy to pull off but must not be, as this delicate balance of conversational melody and guy-next-door appeal has proven elusive to Rucker for over a decade now.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2008
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 094638550624
  • Catalog Number: 85506
  • Sales rank: 4,017

Album Credits

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
Brian David Willis Digital Editing
Jason Lehning overdub engineer
Darius Rucker Composer
Rivers Rutherford Composer
Monty Criswell Composer
Richard Barrow Engineer, overdub engineer
Brady Barnett Digital Editing
Dave Berg Composer
Frank Rogers Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Patrick Davis Composer
Clayton Mills Composer
Joanna Carter Art Direction
Christophe Dubois Composer
Tyler Moles Digital Editing
Ashley Gorley Composer
Chris Stapleton Composer
Hank Williams Mastering
Wade Kirby Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Learn To Live

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    darius rucker is the bome

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great great great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    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

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Darius is GREAT!!!

    Love this CD!!! Mainly fun and happy tunes well recorded and great voice!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Darius Rucker is amazing!

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great Buy

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unmistakably Darius Rucker

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I always loved Darius' voice

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great CD!

    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!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I love this CD

    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. <BR/><BR/>This is the best CD I have heard in a very long time. <BR/><BR/>I hope there's another out from Darius soon. He's got "country" down to an art.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE some Darius Rucker!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Can't Stop Listening

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A new country troubadour

    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.

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