Charleston, SC 1966

Charleston, SC 1966

by Darius Rucker


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Charleston, SC 1966

Darius Rucker made the successful transition from rootsy AAA singer to contemporary country with his 2008 album Learn to Live, and if Hootie history has taught us anything, it's that Rucker is reluctant to abandon something that's working, so his 2010 sequel, Charleston, SC 1966 doesn't stray from its predecessor's blueprint. Rucker does wind up grafting a soaring Hootie-styled chorus onto some of these songs, comfortable that he's made his comeback so, well, comfortable; in fact, he writes a song alluding to it, naturally calling it "Come Back Song," so he can occasionally remind listeners of his roots. But Rucker doesn't spend time gazing into the rear-view mirror on Charleston, SC 1966, despite it being named after the place and date of his birth. The songs here are the tales of a man secure in his middle age, fervently hoping that he "Might Get Lucky" in the "window of opportunity between when the kids are tucked in and a half a glass of chardonnay," and contemplating all the "Things I'd Never Do" that he eventually did. These tunes, cute as they may sometimes be, all resonate strongly, especially when compared to his pandering Southern strategy of "Whiskey and You" and "Southern State of Mind," where he underscores his connection to the common man a bit too strongly, cramming two references to sweet tea within 12 lines, creating a dissonance that no amount of Auto-Tune can correct. Not that Rucker didn't try: every song on Charleston has been ironed flat, so there are no unseemly natural inflections, something that Rucker doesn't need but which helps make Charleston, SC 1966 a gleaming example of polished, pressed, modern country-pop.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/2010
Label: Capitol
UPC: 5099962693929
catalogNumber: 26939

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Darius Rucker   Primary Artist
Sam Bush   Mandolin
Eric Darken   Percussion
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
John Cowan   Background Vocals
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Gordon Mote   Piano,Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Michael Rhodes   Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Brad Paisley   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ilya Toshinsky   Banjo,Bouzouki,Mandolin,national steel guitar

Technical Credits

Radney Foster   Composer
Neal Cappellino   overdub engineer
Kara DioGuardi   Composer
Darius Rucker   Composer
Kim Tribble   Composer
Casey Beathard   Composer
Monty Criswell   Composer
Richard Barrow   Engineer,overdub engineer
Brad Paisley   Composer
Frank Rogers   Composer,Producer
Brett Jones   Composer
Don Sampson   Composer
Joanna Carter   Art Direction
Michelle Hall   Producer
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Chris Stapleton   Composer
Jay Clementi   Composer
Clay Mills   Composer
Chris Dubois   Composer

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Charleston, SC 1966 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just got this for my birthday yesterday, and it's an amazing album from beginning to end. "She's Beautiful", "This", "I Got Nothing'", all great songs. I'd highly recommend to anyone!
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