Darius Rucker Adds A Bit Of Romance To Country Radio With ‘Fires Don’t Start Themselves’

The country star has unleashed new music in preparation for a slew of upcoming headlining dates.


Madeleine O’Connell

| Posted on

April 4, 2023


9:20 am

Share on:

Darius Rucker; Photo by Jim Wright

As of March 31, country radio began to heat up with Darius’s passionate new contribution to the airwaves, “Fires Don’t Start Themselves.”

From the very first guitar lick, sparks begin to fly throughout the sensual narrative, allowing the country star to show off his rich baritone and ’90s country-inspired production.

“When I first heard ‘Fires Don’t Start Themselves,’ the hook immediately got me,” Rucker explained in a press statement. “The beginning of the chorus, ‘Let’s drink what’s left of this…’ is classic ‘90s Country. I love it!”

“So, let’s drink what’s left of this / Bottle of wine / Move a little closer / Till the sparks start flyin’ / Turn the lights down low / And pull the Conway off of the shelf,” Rucker sings in the chorus as he sets the scene for the story unfolding. “Then we’ll dance through the kitchen / And straight down the hall / Let my old blue jeans / And your sundress fall / Girl, we’re holding the lighter / And fires don’t start themselves.”


YouTube video

Written by Dan Isbell, Ben Hayslip and Jacob Rice, the single serves as a nostalgic preview of Darius Rucker’s forthcoming album, Carolyn’s Boy. During a previous interview with NBC’s TODAY anchor Craig Melvin, he revealed that both the title and the cover art for his seventh solo album was chosen in honor of his late mother. 

“I wanted to name the record Carolyn’s Boy because Mom never got to see any of my success,” he explained. “She died before any of this happened, so it’s just another homage to the greatest woman I’ve ever known.”

New Album Coming Soon

Fans can also get a bit of insight on what they can expect from the upcoming project through Rucker’s recent releases, “Same Beer Different Problem” and “Ol’ Church Hymn” which features America’s Got Talent finalists, Chapel Hart

2023 Tour

Named after his latest release, Rucker will soon embark on his Starting Fires Tour. Kicking off June 15, he will visit 21 cities across the U.S. and Canada throughout the summer with support from Americana band Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors on most dates and rising star Drew Green on select dates. 

Riverfront Revival Music Festival

The “Beers And Sunshine” singer also recently announced the impressive lineup for his second annual Riverfront Revival Music Festival, which will be held October 7-8 in his hometown of Charleston, S.C. 

Located in Riverfront Park, Rucker will serve as a performer alongside his fellow headliners Turnpike Troubadours, Lainey Wilson and Band of Horses. Additional acts will include Niko Moon, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Drivin N’ Cryin, Megan Moroney, Wilderado, Cha Wa, Elvie Shane, Yesterday’s Wine, Carter Faith, Wayne Graham, Randall Fowler, Haley Mae Campbell, Emily Curtis and Grayson Little.

“I am so excited my Riverfront Festival is back,” Darius Rucker shared on social media. 

Produced by the seasoned team at SRE Entertainment and presented in partnership with ExploreCharleston, the festival saw great success with its inaugural run, and has plans to continue the fun in 2023. 

Music is scheduled to play across two stages from 1-11 p.m. on Saturday and 1-10 p.m. on Sunday. Along with the star-studded lineup of artists, Riverfront Revival will also feature curated offerings of the Lowcountry’s best food, libations, art and culture along the beautiful backdrop of the Cooper River. 
Fans can snag a limited number of presale tickets now starting at $170 for General Admission and $525 for VIP (plus taxes and fees; layaway plans available starting at $25) by visiting RiverfrontRevival.com and signing up for Riverfront Revival’s e-newsletter to automatically receive a presale code. Prices will increase when tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, March 24. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold will once again benefit the Arts in Healing program at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). 

For more details and updates, visit RiverfrontRevival.com

YouTube video
Share on:

Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.