Darius Rucker Arrested In Tennessee on Misdemeanor Charges

Rucker is “fully cooperating” according to his attorney.

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Lauren Jo Black

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February 1, 2024

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Darius Rucker; Photo By Andrew Wendowski, Music Mayhem

Hitmaker Darius Rucker was arrested in Williamson County, Tennessee on Thursday, February 1, 2024. The arrest took place around 12:15 pm local time, according to Mobile Patrol, an app that communicates vital public safety information.

The country superstar, 57, was booked on a total of three minor charges. Those charges include two counts of simple possession/casual exchange and one count of a violation of the state of Tennessee’s vehicle registration law. All the charges are considered misdemeanors.

He was reportedly released at 1:51 pm local time. 

Darius Rucker; Photo by Jim Wright
Darius Rucker; Photo by Jim Wright

Statement From Rucker’s Attorney

The events leading up to the Hootie And The Blowfish frontman’s arrest are currently unknown. However, Rucker’s attorney, Mark Puryear (Puryear, Newman & Morton), told Country Now in a statement, “Darius Rucker is fully cooperating with authorities related to misdemeanor charges.”

Was Recently Honored With A Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Rucker was recently honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. During his acceptance speech, Rucker admitted it was the “biggest thing” that’s ever happened to him. 

“I said before that this is stuff you don’t even dream about when you’re from South Carolina, you know, struggling growing up and just wanting to be a singer. That’s all I ever wanted to be was a singer, but you never dreamed that this stuff is going to happen.”

Darius Rucker; Photo by Jim Wright
Darius Rucker; Photo by Jim Wright

Just weeks before, he earned a star on the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville alongside fellow inductees Don McLean of “American Pie” fame; rock and roll guitarist Duane Eddy; and former record-label executive Joe Galante. 

New Album Released In 2023

2023 was a big year for Rucker, who released his first solo album in six years, on October 6. The project, dubbed Carolyn’s Boy, featured his latest single, “Fires Don’t Start Themselves” as well as tunes such as “Beers And Sunshine,” “Ol’ Church Hymn (feat. Chapel Hart),” “Same Beer Different Problem,” “Have A Good Time,” and more. 

The album was named in honor of his late mother, who Rucker says was his “biggest supporter.” 

Carolyn’s Boy Cover Art ; Photo Courtesy of UMG Nashville
Carolyn’s Boy Cover Art ; Photo Courtesy of UMG Nashville

“She was always in my corner,” he explained during an interview with Country Now and other outlets. “Back when I was a real young kid trying to get into rock & roll and country and being told that wasn’t the music I was supposed to be listening to, she was my biggest supporter, my biggest leave him alone person, you know, ‘let him listen to what he wants to listen to,”’ Rucker recalled. “I remember when I told her I was dropping out of college to play in Hootie, I thought she was going to kill me. I really thought she was going to kill me. But she didn’t. She said, ‘if that’s what you need to do’…because she always believed that I was going to make it, probably a lot more than I did.”

Touring In 2024

The Grand Ole Opry member will return to the Grand Ole Opry for three upcoming performances on February 2, February 6, and March 12. In April, he will bring his headlining tour overseas with performances in Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. He also has a slew of dates planned for the summer.  

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Lauren Jo Black

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.