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Darius Rucker

  • Music

    May 29, 2014

    Hank Williams Jr. Keeps Up the Family Tradition

    The Country Boy talks football and metal-detecting.

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    May 16, 2014

    Hank Williams Jr., Steelers Fan, Keeps Up the Family Tradition

    It's not hard to believe the Coastal Conservation Association enlisted Hank Williams Jr. for its third annual Concert for Conservation, given all the hunting and fishing talk in "A Country Boy Can Survive" alone. What is hard to believe is that it's been some 13 years since Bocephus has performed in ... More >>

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    March 5, 2014

    Don't Call Eli Young Band "Bro-Country," Please

    If you're looking for the most successful act to come out of Texas this decade, you might point your eyes toward Denton. With minimal drama or much attention outside their own rabid fan base, the Eli Young Band has modestly racked up enough record sales and music-biz karma that they're now one of co ... More >>

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    July 12, 2013

    The 10 Lamest Bands of the '90s

    Talk to some people (we guess) and they'll tell you that '90s nostalgia is the only kind of nostalgia that matters. Sunday, the decade of Reality Bites, Doc Martens and frosted tips -- which, seriously, is the name of a San Francisco-based '90s cover band -- will definitely be back in full effect wh ... More >>

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    May 24, 2013

    PSYched Out: The Today Show's Obsession With Psy

    One of television's longest-running programs, NBC's Today, has recently gone from venerable to vulnerable within the span of about a year. Thanks to more missteps than a line of drunken novice cloggers attempting the Riverdance, the morning show now finds itself routinely rated behind its main compe ... More >>

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    April 19, 2013

    Slip Slidin' Away: My Life as a Rock Journalist With the Houston Press

    I had a hernia operation in the early summer of 2006, and had nothing to do all day but hobble around with cool cane a borrowed from Grandpa Hlavaty and play on the Internets for two months or so. I had developed the injury while working at Domino's, but it was cool because their insurance helped ... More >>

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    March 12, 2013

    Blake Shelton Has Helped Country's "Old Farts" More Than They Seem to Know

    "Can't they just shut up?" That's the question many country music fans proffer when musicians publicly express opinions that dare venture outside of benign Q&A quicksand and into the murky waters of relevant social issues. Country consumers from both sides of the political aisle can get riled up i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    The 5 Best Onstage Band Pranks

    You might think that it's a little bit early for April Fool's, but pranks go on between musicians and bands year-round. Given that musicians are an immature, jocular sort, tied inherently to an adolescent dream of being a rock star, it should be no surprise that they get into all kinds of crazy insi ... More >>

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    October 2, 2012

    Third Day's Mac Powell Makes Hard Country Turn

    While they were on tour behind 1987's The Joshua Tree, U2 -- either homesick and looking for fun, bored or legitimately curious to see if the people who showed up that early would recognize them -- booked themselves as their own opening act on the Los Angeles, Indianapolis and Hampton, Va. stops und ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    Switcharoo: 10 Artists Who Tried Other Genres

    Have you ever bought an album of an artist you were familiar with and thought, "wow... that's different?" In fact, many artists try out other genres than the one where they originally became popular as a way for them to grow as artists. But a big question remains: Will the audience grow with them a ... More >>

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    April 13, 2012

    Lionel Richie Vs. Chuck Norris: Who Would Win?

    So far the musical comeback of the year has been Lionel Richie, hands down. Last week the Alabama-born crooner's new album in three years, Tuskegee, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with sales of almost 200,000 copies. According to The Hollywood Reporter, if about 185,000 copies of Madonna's MD ... More >>

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    January 11, 2012

    With a Rebel Yell: 10 Rockers Gone Country

    Photo by Matthew KeeverAaron Lewis at the Verizon Wireless Theater in 2010.​When Staind singer Aaron Lewis rolls into Verizon Wireless Theater tomorrow night, odds are he'll leave his mudshuvel back at the hotel. As modern rock radio turns to the next generation of angst, the former Fred Durs ... More >>

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    December 8, 2011

    Last Night: Ten Man Jam At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Michael LanierAlan Jackson​Holy honky-tonk hell, Houston. When you put on your cowboy boots, cowboy hats and drinking pants, you sure can throw down with the best of them. Wednesday night at Verizon Wireless Theater, 100.3 KILT continued its annual Ten Man Jam, with quite a solid li ... More >>

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    August 3, 2011

    Defending Kings Of Leon: Blood Is Thicker Than Tequila

    Since there's been so much talk about Kings of Leon after Caleb Followill's abrupt "heat-induced" exit last Friday in Dallas, Tuesday afternoon Rocks Off's in-house brain trust emailed back and forth about the possible long-term effects of last weekend's events on the band. Mark C. AustinKings of L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    20 Musician Biopics Currently In Development Hell

    Happy birthday, Janis.​News came down last week that Sacha Baron Cohen will be stepping into the rhinestones and glitter as Queen icon Freddie Mercury. It's been a long time coming for Cohen, the Borat and Bruno star who is slowly becoming his generation's Peter Sellers and has been rumored to ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    Houston Gets Over-The-Air Country-Music Channel

    ​Believe it or not, some of us get by just fine without cable or satellite TV. When Rocks Off goes home at night - the odd evenings we stay home, that is - not only do we enjoy the finest network television has to offer, but the cornucopia of choices across the digital-TV spectrum: B- and C-mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Hit Nashville Songwriter Takes Skynyrd-AC/DC Detour

    myspace.com/chrisstapletonmusic​We were talking about bluegrassers Steeldrivers with a mainstream Nashville producer recently when he remarked that the band's former singer-songwriter, Chris Stapleton, is "the most talented guy in Nashville." Say what? In fact, unless you follow the doings of ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    Steeldrivers Continue Bluegrass Supremacy On Reckless

    Steeldrivers on Facebook​Expatriate Texas fiddler Tammy Rogers describes the formation of the Steeldrivers as a "dream come true." "I always wanted to be in a killer bluegrass band," says Rogers from her home in Nashville, where the band recently recorded their sophomore release Reckless. "S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Upcoming: 50 Cent, Aventura, Hole, Jonas Bros., Liza Minnelli, Octopus Project, Etc.

    ​50 Cent: Sat., June 12. Arena Theatre. Agent Orange: Wed., June 30. Rocbar. Asleep At The Wheel: Fri., May 28. Cypress Saloon. As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Between The Buried And Me, Blessthefall, Cancer Bats: Tue., July 27. Verizon Wireless Theater. Aventura: Thu., July 1. Toyota Center. Barringt ... More >>

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    March 11, 2010

    He Said She Said: "Dear Penis" And Other Country Comedy Classics

    ​ Aside from all the epic cheating, drinking and fighting songs country music has given us, one of the best things it does is make us laugh. Apart from all the crying and cussing, there is a whole deal of laughing going on. This year at RodeoHouston, there aren't many performers on the humorous si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    Happy Hour Scene: The Hideout

    ​Rodeo cowboys getting drunk and picking up women is an interesting scene. It doesn't look like it takes much effort. They just stand there in the same clothes they competed in hours earlier, sometimes with the dirt still on their jeans and boots, with their competition flags pinned to their back ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    Aftermath: Darius Rucker's Forever Road To Purple Rain, Via David Allan Coe And Hank Jr. At RodeoHouston

    Photos courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™​Took us long enough, but Aftermath finally understands the rodeo. After one performer who left us cold, and another who turned Reliant Stadium into the world's biggest gospel/R&B revival, Darius Rucker's set Tuesday was the definition of " ... More >>

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    February 25, 2010
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    January 11, 2010

    RodeoHouston 2010 Entertainer Lineup Includes Mary J. Blige, Black Eyed Peas, Justin Bieber and Some Country Folks You Can Probably Guess

    ​Monday morning, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo announced the remainder of its Reliant Stadium entertainment calendar for this year's rodeo, which begins March 2. Debuting on Reliant's revolving stage this year are Jason Aldean (March 6) and Texans the Eli Young Band (March 19). Returning fr ... More >>

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    December 18, 2009

    2009 Concert Rewind, March: Erykah Badu, Britney, Billy Joel & Elton John, A Baybrook Beatdown and A Whole Lotta Rodeo

    Mark C. Austin​ Rascal Flatts, Reliant Stadium, March 3: "It's almost devious how much these guys sweetened and tune their songs up, close to the point of an almost automaton-like perfection. Each song is custom-built like a souped-up hot rod, with almost no flourish or guitar vamp going to waste. ... More >>

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    December 17, 2009

    Suck It, Dallas: The Rodeo Outdraws The State Fair

    ​The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo was the nation's biggest fair in 2009, an industry publication has declared.Carnival Warehouse, which sounds like the kind of place that has cheap late-night advertising for kuh-waaazy prices on merry-go-rounds, but is actually a publication that tracks the ... More >>

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    December 1, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Between Darius Rucker and Charley Pride, There Was Otis Williams

    Darius Rucker's award as the Academy of Country Music's New Artist of the Year recently made him the first black artist to take a significant country award since Charley Pride ruled Nashville in the early '80s. Rucker's "Don't Think I Don't Think About It" marked the first time a black artist had e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    Distant Early Warning: 30FootFall, Agnostic Front, Dropkick Murphys, George Thorogood, Joe Ely, Slayer, etc.

    ​30FootFall: Fri., Dec. 25. Fitzgerald's. Agnostic Front, Death By Stereo: Sun., Jan. 24. Walter's on Washington. American Sharks, The Watermarks: Wed., Nov. 25. Boondocks. Band of Heathens: Fri., Dec. 11. Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe. Basses Loaded, Springfield Riots, Nosaprise: Fri., Nov. 27, 8 p. ... More >>

  • Music

    July 16, 2009

    Hell on Earth

    Long Island hardcore quartet This Is Hell thrashes till the sun goes down.

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    March 17, 2009

    Aftermath: Darius Rucker at RodeoHouston

    Photos by Craig HlavatyAftermath always wondered what it was like to not be known to the public by your birth name, but by the name of your band. In the beginning, some club owners thought that David Lee Roth's name was Van Halen. I'm sure somewhere along the line Ian Anderson was called Jethr ... More >>

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    January 15, 2009
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    January 12, 2009

    RodeoHouston Announces Complete 2009 Lineup

    Lady Antebellum RodeoHouston announced the remainder of its 2009 concert calendar this morning, a lineup that includes several old standbys - although, once again, no George Strait (boo) - and a few first-timers. Making their rodeo debuts this year are Beyonce's little sister Solange (March 6, part ... More >>

  • Music

    December 26, 2002

    Black Gold

    A gusher lay beneath the surface, but you had to drill deep

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    September 5, 2002

    Darius Rucker

    Back to Then (Hidden Beach)

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    May 15, 1997
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    November 14, 1996
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    March 21, 1996

    A Geek with a Guitar

    Edwin McCain wants to please with his songs. You got a problem with that?

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    July 27, 1995

    Blowed Up Real Good

    Hootie gets big while keeping its eyes on the small stuff

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