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Rucker Extends Starting Fires Tour Into 2024 With Announcement of U.K. & Ireland Dates


Carolyn’s Boy Album Art HERE


15 SEPTEMBER 2023 (TORONTO, ON) – Three-time GRAMMY Award-winner Darius Rucker is once again captivating audiences with what Billboard praises as “one of the most distinctive voices of country’s modern era” as he further previews his highly anticipated new album, Carolyn’s Boy, with today’s release of feel-good song “Southern Comfort.” Listen HERE and preorder the album out Oct. 6 HERE.


Written by Chris LaCorte (“Ain’t That Some,” “Blue Tacoma”), Matt Rogers (“‘Til You Can’t,” “Freedom Was a Highway”) and Josh Osborne (“Never Wanted to Be That Girl,” “Body Like a Back Road”), the heartfelt homage to the South captures the essence of a region deeply rooted in tradition, hospitality and the joy of shared moments:


        That gentle breeze makes me think I’m three sheets to the wind 

        When the fireflies light me up right makes the whole world spin 

        If sunsets were like whiskey, man, I’d be seeing double 

        Ain’t nothing in this bottle gets me drunk as Southern Comfort


Today’s release joins current single “Fires Don’t Start Themselves” as well as No. 1 hit “Beers And Sunshine,” recent release “Have A Good Time” in previewing his first solo project in six years, Carolyn’s Boy, named for his late mother as an “homage to the greatest woman I’ve ever known.”


Having shared the new music with fans across the country all summer on his Starting Fires Tour, Rucker is gearing up to take his wide-ranging catalog of hits across the pond with a recently announced run of U.K. and Ireland tour dates in early 2024. Tickets to the following shows are on sale now via


        April 27, 2024                 Manchester  ||  O2 Apollo

        April 28, 2024                 Newcastle  ||  O2 City Hall

        April 30, 2024                 Birmingham  ||  O2 Academy

        May 1, 2024                    Bristol  ||  Beacon

        May 3, 2024                    London  ||  Eventim Apollo

        May 5, 2024                    Leeds  ||  O2 Academy

        May 6, 2024                    Glasgow  ||  O2 Academy

        May 9, 2024                    Dublin  ||  Olympia Theatre

        May 11, 2024                  Belfast  ||  Waterfront Hall



Rucker will also celebrate the release of his new album during the second year of his personally curated Riverfront Revival Music Festival set for Oct. 7-8 in his hometown of Charleston, S.C. In addition to Rucker himself, fans will be treated to performances by Turnpike Troubadours, Lainey Wilson, Band of Horses and more. View the full lineup and daily schedule HERE. Limited tickets remain at


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Carolyn’s Boy Track List:

Lyrics & label copy available HERE (songwriters in parentheses)

  1. Beers And Sunshine (Darius Rucker, JT Harding, Josh Osborne, Ross Copperman)
  2. In This Together (Darius Rucker, Derek George, Bobby Hamrick, Joy Williams)
  3. Never Been Over (Darius Rucker, Lee Thomas Miller, John Osborne)
  4. Fires Don’t Start Themselves (Ben Hayslip, Jacob Rice, Dan Isbell)
  5. Ol’ Church Hymn feat. Chapel Hart (Darius Rucker, Greylan James, Ben Hayslip, Josh Miller)
  6. 7 Days (Darius Rucker, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley, Charles Kelley)
  7. Same Beer Different Problem (Darius Rucker, Tofer Brown, Sarah Buxton, Brad Tursi)
  8. Sara (Darius Rucker, Joel Crouse, Kyle Rife, Ed Sheeran)
  9. Have A Good Time (Darius Rucker, Monty Criswell, Derek George, Bobby Hamrick)
  10. Sure Would Have Loved Her (Darius Rucker, Wyatt Durrette, Levi Lowrey)
  11. Southern Comfort (Chris LaCorte, Matt Rogers, Josh Osborne)
  12. 3am in Carolina (Darius Rucker, Ross Copperman, Michael Hardy)
  13. Lift Me Up (Temilade Openiyi, Robyn Fenty, Ryan Coogler, Ludwig Goransson)
  14. Stargazing (Darius Rucker, Brinley Addington, Jess Cayne, Matt Morrisey)


About Darius Rucker

Rucker first achieved multi-Platinum status in the music industry as lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the GRAMMY Award-winning band Hootie & the Blowfish, who have sold more than 25 million albums worldwide including their Double Diamond-certified (21x Platinum) debut Cracked Rear View, which remains among the top 10 best-selling studio albums of all time. Since releasing his first Country album in 2008, Rucker has earned a whole new legion of fans with four No. 1 albums on the Billboard Country chart, including RIAA Platinum-certified Learn to Live and True Believers,plus 10 No. 1 singles at Country radio and 11 Gold, Platinum or multi-Platinum certified hits. Rucker was inducted as a Grand Ole Opry member in 2012 and in 2014 he won his third career GRAMMY Award for Best Solo Country Performance with his Diamond-certified (11x Platinum) version of “Wagon Wheel,” one of the top five best-selling Country songs of all time. He co-hosted the 54th annual CMA Awards in 2020 and topped the charts at Country radio once again with “Beers And Sunshine” in 2021. Rucker’s new single, “Fires Don’t Start Themselves” is available everywhere now with his forthcoming album, Carolyn’s Boy, set for Oct. 6 release.


As a lifelong philanthropist, Rucker co-chaired the capital campaign that generated $150 million to help build the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital in his hometown of Charleston, S.C. and has raised over $3.6 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through his annual Darius & Friends benefit concert and golf tournament. In addition, Rucker has advocated for over 200 charitable causes supporting public education and junior golf programs in South Carolina through the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation and serves as a National Chair for the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville, Tenn. Rucker is also an avid sports fan, with his Darius Rucker Collection by Fanatics apparel line available at, and he is part of the Music City Baseball investment group working to bring an MLB team to Tennessee in addition to serving as a partner at the MGC Sports & Entertainment agency.



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