Darius Rucker Plots 2023 Starting Fires Tour

“Looking forward to being back on the road,” Rucker shared.


Lauren Jo Black

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March 20, 2023


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Darius Rucker; Photo by Todd Owyoung

Darius Rucker is hitting the road once again! 

The three-time GRAMMY winner recently announced the Starting Fires Tour for the summer of 2023. Kicking off on June 15 in Virginia, the 21-date run will make stops across the U.S. and Canada in cities such as Jacksonville, Florida, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Los Angeles, California, and more. The trek will wrap up in Nashville on October 14. 

Joining Rucker on the tour will be Americana band Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, with rising star Drew Green on select dates.

Tour Kicks Off On June 15

The South Carolina native shared his excitement over the tour on Instagram last week.

“Let’s do it!! Looking forward to being back on the road with @drewholcombmusic and @drewgreen this year,” he shared. 

His tourmates were quick to comment. Green called touring with Rucker a “bucket list” moment, while Drew Holcomb shared, “Can’t Wait.” 

Tickets Are Available Now

Tickets for Darius Rucker’s Starting Fires Tour are on sale now. Fans can also purchase VIP Packages for select dates, which may include premium tickets, exclusive Meet & Greet and individual photo opportunities with Darius Rucker, guided backstage tour, group photo on the stage, autographed items & more. For more information, visit vipnation.com.

New Album In The Works

The multi-time Diamond-certified star is currently in the midst of finalizing his forthcoming seventh solo album. Late last year, Rucker revealed that the project will be called Carolyn’s Boy, 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 during an interview with NBC’s TODAY. “She died before any of this happened, so it’s just another homage to the greatest woman I’ve ever known.”

The album is set to feature Rucker’s recent releases, including  “Same Beer Different Problem” and “Ol’ Church Hymn” (featuring Chapel Hart).” Additional new tracks will be released soon. 

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In addition to the Starting fires Tour and preparing his new album, the country star is gearing up for the return of Rucker’s Riverfront Revival Music Festival in his hometown of Charleston, S.C. The lineup for the 2023 festival, taking place October 7-8, is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Fans have access to purchase presale tickets now via RiverfrontRevival.com.

Later this spring Darius Rucker will reunite with his Hootie & the Blowfish bandmates for the second annual HootieFest: The Big Splash. The four-day event celebrates all things rock and will take place on the picturesque stretch of white sand beach at Moon Palace Cancún.  

Set for April 26-29, the tropical destination event will feature three headlining performances on the beach by the GRAMMY Award-winning band. It will also include daily pool parties, intimate oceanfront performances from Goo Goo Dolls, Barenaked Ladies, Collective Soul, Gin Blossoms, Everclear, Edwin McCain, Lit and Cowboy Mouth, as well as a special Hootie & the Blowfish sunset show. Limited ticket/travel packages remain via HootieFest.com.

Darius Rucker; Photo By Andrew Wendowski
Darius Rucker; Photo By Andrew Wendowski

Starting Fires Tour Dates

June 15            Roanoke, Va.  ||  Elmwood Park Amphitheatre *

June 22            Washington, D.C.  ||  The Anthem

June 24            Canandaigua, N.Y.  ||  Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center

July 13            Dubuque, Iowa  ||  Q Casino – Back Waters Stage *

July 20            Jacksonville, Fla.  ||  Daily’s Place

July 21            Wilmington, N.C.  ||  Live Oak Bank Pavilion

July 22            Alpharetta, Ga.  ||  Ameris Bank Amphitheatre

Aug. 3             Niagara Falls, Ontario  ||  Fallsview Casino

Aug. 4             Bridgeport, Conn.  ||  Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater

Aug. 5             Farmingville, N.Y.  ||  Catholic Health Amphitheater at Bald Hill ^

Aug. 10           Sterling Heights, Mich.  ||  Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre

Aug. 11           Milwaukee, Wis.  ||  BMO Pavilion

Aug. 12           Maryland Heights, Mo.  ||  Saint Louis Music Park

Aug. 18           Irvine, Calif.  ||  FivePoint Amphitheatre

Aug. 19           Stateline, Nev.  ||  Lake Tahoe Harveys Outdoor Arena

Aug. 23           Los Angeles, Calif.  ||  The Greek Theatre

Aug. 25           San Diego, Calif.  ||  Gallagher Square at Petco Park

Aug. 26           Highland, Calif.  ||  Yaamava’ Resort & Casino ^#

Sept. 8             Durant, Okla.  ||  Choctaw Casino & Resort – Grand Theater #

Sept. 9             Durant, Okla.  ||  Choctaw Casino & Resort – Grand Theater #

Oct. 14            Nashville, Tenn.  ||  Ascend Amphitheater

* denotes Drew Green as support / # denotes no support (all other dates feature Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors)

^ denotes dates on sale Monday, March 20

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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.