Darius Rucker turned his back on pop music to plant roots in the country genre, but the “True Believers” singer didn’t do it for the fame or fortune.
In a new interview with Dan Rather for AXS TV, Darius reveals he never set out to be a household name in country music.
“It wasn’t about money,” he says. “It wasn’t about trying to be a superstar. I was going to do this in the basement with my buddies. It was about the music. I wanted to be country. I wanted to play country music.”
While Darius got his start as the front man for pop group Hootie & the Blowfish in 1994, he now mentions his days of singing pop tunes are long gone.
“That was my main thing when I started… that if it’s not country, I don’t want to play it. I don’t want to take pop songs and put fiddle on it and call it a country song.”
Watch his full interview on The Big Interview with Dan Rather on AXS TV, airing April 21 at 8/7c.
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