Darius Rucker’s Star to Shine on Music City Walk of Fame and Hollywood Walk of Fame
Rucker will soon be honored for his outstanding music career.
Darius Rucker; Photo by Jim Wright
Darius Rucker will soon receive a star on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Music City Walk of Fame.
Music City Walk of Fame
The GRAMMY-winning Grand Ole Opry member is among the just-announced group of inductees for the Music City Walk of Fame, which also includes Don McLean of “American Pie” fame; rock and roll guitarist Duane Eddy; and former record-label executive Joe Galante.
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced the news on Wednesday morning.
“This exceptional inductee class for the Music City Walk of Fame embody iconic moments in the history of music – from Darius Rucker’s rendition of “Wagon Wheel” to Don McLean’s classic “American Pie” to the distinctive twang of Duane Eddy’s guitar,” Ken Levitan, Chairman of the NCVC Board of Directors and Founder and Co-President of Vector Management, shared in a statement. “Nashville’s music industry would not be the dominant force it is today without Joe Galante, who solidified Country as a leading genre in the record industry and who continues to nurture the next generation of music leaders through tech startups and entrepreneur programs.”
Rucker and the rest of the newly announced honorees will officially be inducted on October 4, 2023.
The renowned professional wrestler Ric Flair will be present to formally induct Rucker.
Hollywood Walk of Fame
In 2024, Rucker will receive his star on the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Recording alongside Glen Ballard, Toni Braxton, Def Leppard, Charles Fox, Sammy Hagar, Brandy Norwood, Darius Rucker, Gwen Stefani, and Andre ‘Dr. Dre’ Young.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame honorees were chosen from a pool that included hundreds of nominations during a committee meeting on June 16, 2023, and their choices were officially approved by the Hollywood Chamber’s Board of Directors on June 21, 2023.
Steve Nissen, the President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, together with Ellen K, the Chair of the Walk of Fame Selection Panel and a radio personality, revealed the latest honorees on the website www.walkoffame.com.
A date for Rucker’s Hollywood Walk of Fame induction has yet to be announced.
New Album Arriving Soon
The 14-track project, which will serve as a tribute to his late mother Carolyn, will feature his current single, “Fires Don’t Start Themselves,” as well as the previously released tunes “Beers And Sunshine,” “Ol’ Church Hymn (feat. Chapel Hart),” “Same Beer Different Problem,” “Have A Good Time,” and more.
“I wanted to name the record Carolyn’s Boy because Mom never got to see any of my success,” Rucker explained during a previous TODAY interview. “She died before any of this happened, so it’s just another homage to the greatest woman I’ve ever known.”
When questioned about the timing of the nod to his mom, Rucker looked back on his journey and admitted, “Years ago, I wasn’t quite certain about my place in Country music, and I was in search of it. But now, I’ve discovered it, and I believe it’s time to acknowledge that achievement.”
Carolyn’s Boy features 11 tracks co-written by Rucker as well as songs written by some of Nashville’s most sought after songwriters such as Josh Osborne, Ross Copperman, Ben Hayslip, Michael Hardy (HARDY), and more. Ed Sheeran also contributed to the project. See below for the album’s complete track list.
Darius Rucker is currently in the midst of his Starting Fires Tour, which kicked off on June 15 at Elmwood Park Amphitheatre in Roanoke, Virginia and continues through October 14, where the trek will wrap up in Nashville, Tennessee at Ascend Amphitheater.
The stint features support from Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors as well as rising country star Drew Green.
Additionally, the country hitmaker will bring his new music to his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina during his personally-curated Riverfront Revival Music Festival as it returns for a second year on album release weekend (Oct. 7 & 8).
The Riverfront Revival Music Festival is set to showcase the best of both country and rock music and will feature performances from Rucker as well as the Turnpike Troubadours, Lainey Wilson, Band of Horses, Niko Moon, Megan Moroney, Elvie Shane, Carter Faith and more.
In addition to music, the concert event will also include the finest in food, arts and culture the Lowcountry has to offer.
In celebration of his new album announcement, the Riverfront Revival Music Festival is offering a limited allotment of six-pack general admission weekend ticket bundles. The sale allows fans to bundle and save $15 per pass while supplies last at RiverfrontRevival.com.
Lauren Jo Black
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.