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Mar 2

Darius Rucker Talks “This” & Brad Paisley

Darius Rucker photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Darius Rucker’s latest single, “This,” is flying up the country charts. Co-written by Darius, Frank Rogers, and Kara DioGuardi, Darius said many people misconstrue the actual meaning of the song.

“It’s so funny to me to hear people talk about that song and how it’s about relationships,”  Darius told GAC from the 2011 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. ”To me, that song is about country music. That’s my list.”

The video, now airing on GAC, was shot in Nashville at the historic Ryman Auditorium, the Mother Church of Country Music. To Darius, it made sense to shoot the video in a place rich in country music history.

“We were going to do it in Nashville outside, but the rain was so bad and we ended up doing the Ryman, which was just the perfect place to do it,” Darius said.

Brad Paisley closed out his H20 Frozen Over Tour Feb. 26 in Nashville with special guests, (l-r) John Jorgenson, Sheryl Crow and Darius Rucker. Not pictured is opener Jerrod Niemann.

Darius just finished playing “This” and his other hit songs on tour with Brad Paisley. He has nothing but praises for Brad and his crew on the H2O Frozen Over Tour.

“I really wanted this tour and I was really happy when I got it,” he said. “[Brad] makes it so easy to be out there with him. His crew, his management, they make it so easy and accommodating and it’s great to see crews get along and people having fun. It was really cool to come from Rascal Flatts — which was so great and so awesome. I was like ‘man, that was an amazing year.’ And then I went to Brad. To be having so much fun with Brad… I’ve learned a lot.”

The H20 Frozen Over Tour came to an end in Nashville Saturday night. While it seems Darius was spared from falling victim to one of Brad’s notorious pranks, it was a running agreement between Brad, Darius, and a set of poker chips that got Darius to tweeting. While Darius does have a Twitter account, it is run by his management team. The deal Brad, a frequent Tweeter, struck with Darius was simple – whenever Darius finally won a poker game, he had to tweet. Darius’ win finally came after a show in Orlando February 24.

“Hang on to your hats,@dariusrucker actually won @ poker 2night for the 1st time. As a result he’ll actually be tweeting HIMSELF! Let’s watch,” tweeted Brad after the game. True to his end of the deal, Darius followed up with a tweet of his own.

“Hey, it’s Darius. This is my first official tweet- Just want everyone to know I DOMINATED Paisley’s camp at poker tonight… DOMINATED…” read the star’s Twitter debut.

We’re airing Darius’ video “This” on GAC right now. Watch it below and let us know what you think in the comments section!


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