15 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Darius Rucker has proved that second acts are indeed possible—at least if you write catchy hooks and sing in a warm, conversational voice that finds musicality in every word. Rucker began his career singing lead for Hootie & the Blowfish: "Only Wanna Be With You" is a quintessentially mid-'90s track that bursts with a melancholy joy that transcends decade. The song's rootsy acoustic guitar also foreshadowed his country turn in the late ‘00s. Songs like "This" added some twang to the Hootie formula, and "Wagon Wheel" remade an old Bob Dylan tune with forlorn fiddle and sweet harmonies.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Darius Rucker has proved that second acts are indeed possible—at least if you write catchy hooks and sing in a warm, conversational voice that finds musicality in every word. Rucker began his career singing lead for Hootie & the Blowfish: "Only Wanna Be With You" is a quintessentially mid-'90s track that bursts with a melancholy joy that transcends decade. The song's rootsy acoustic guitar also foreshadowed his country turn in the late ‘00s. Songs like "This" added some twang to the Hootie formula, and "Wagon Wheel" remade an old Bob Dylan tune with forlorn fiddle and sweet harmonies.

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