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Darius Rucker headed back to Wilmington this July

Darius Rucker will be entertaining fans once again in downtown Wilmington as part of his Starting Fires Tour. (Courtesy photo)

Darius Rucker will be entertaining fans once again in downtown Wilmington as part of his Starting Fires Tour. He will be stopping through on July 21, joined by special guest Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors.

Tickets go on sale Friday.

Rucker got his start in the mid-’80s when he founded Hootie and the Blowfish with friends at the University of South Carolina. The band charted the Billboard 100 with numerous hits throughout the mid-’90s. It has released six albums throughout the years, with its debut “Cracked Rear View” charting No. 1 in the U.S., Canada and New Zealand.

The South Carolinian has released six solo albums as well and signed to Capitol Nashville a decade ago. He was the first Black artist to chart in the country genre since Charley Pride in the mid-’80s.

Rucker has won numerous Grammys, for Best New Artist and Pop Artist in the mid-’90s with the Blowfish, and for country music’s Best New Artist, Best Country Solo Performance and British CMA International Album of the Year.

He won the 2018 Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award through the CMA for his commitment to using music to uplift others and give back.

Currently, the musician is working on his seventh solo album, “Carolyn’s Boy,” to honor his late mother. Tracks “Same Beer Different Problem” and “Ol’ Church Hymn” (featuring Chapel Hart) have been released from the album.

The Wilmington show is the only North Carolina stop on the 21-date tour. Tickets open to the public Friday, March 17, 10 a.m. They’re accessible here.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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