3:23 pm July 28, 2009, by Suzanne Van Atten
“If you have the songs people want to hear, it doesn’t matter what color you are.”
That’s what Darius Rucker told AJC freelance writer James Kelly for a story that runs in Go Guide Friday.
When asked about comparisons to African-American country singer Charley Pride, the former lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish who is now pursuing a solo career in country music, said: “There is a world of difference between what was happening when Charley Pride was coming up and now.”
Kelly notes that Rucker’s 2008 single “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” was the first No. 1 country song for an African-American artist since Pride’s 1983 hit “Night Games.”
Rucker performs Friday at Lakewood Amphitheatre. Rascal Flatts is also on the bill.
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