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Country Music Artist Darius Rucker Enlists Edwin McCain for Charity Boat Build

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Courtesy Animal Planet, Flipping Ships

Singer/songwriter Edwin McCain’s passion for music took him straight to the ‘Top 10’ charts, and these days, he’s whistling a new tune. In all-new Animal Planet series FLIPPING SHIPS, which premieres Friday, April 24, at 10 PM (ET/PT), McCain straps up for a new task, restoring and reinvigorating abandoned, ramshackle boats. His goal is to provide each client with an opportunity to forge deeper connections to the marine environment on a one-of-a-kind vessel.

FLIPPING SHIPS follows McCain and his Boats Have Souls business in this six-part series. In each episode, this quirky band of gear heads perform acts of nautical salvation on boats that have been abandoned for so long, they’re beginning to forge with nature… and not in a good way! When boat’s floorboards have long been replaced by grass and dirt, the team goes to work reinventing these disasters into fishing vessels, open water cruisers and family houseboats.

In the series premiere, McCain partners with fellow singer and long-time friend Darius Rucker for a boat flip to benefit one of their favorite charities, the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital. Both singers have a deep connection with the charity, and Rucker challenges McCain and his team to build the ultimate Rock-n-Roll speedboat to be auctioned off for charity.

McCain always is up for the task of turning a hot mess into a hot rod, and with most of his jobs, the turnaround is tight, and some of the team’s outrageous, over-the-top ideas may get in the way. Hoping to deliver a stellar boat for the auction, the team must quickly overhaul a 1950s Sea King to its former glory, complete with retro fins and a classic console. With the kids on their mind, the team rolls up its sleeves and pulls out all the stops.

McCain and his team take on the following boats this season:

· A rare 1970s Yukon Delta boat, which McCain best describes as “what happens when a boat and an RV have a baby…”

· A pontoon boat, which the team hopes to turn into a floating tailgate spot, converting Clemson Tiger fans into ‘sailgaters’

· A rare truck camper, which McCain converts into a floating family retreat…as long as the laws of physics comply

FLIPPING SHIPS is produced for Animal Planet by O’Malley Productions with Sean O’Malley as the executive producer.

Darius Rucker To Reveal CMA Noms

Posted by Administrator on August 16, 2014 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Photo:  Capitol Nashville

On Sept. 3 we'll find out who the final nominees are for The 48th Annual CMA Awards. Capitol's Darius Rucker will deliver the good news from New York City on ABC-TV's Good Morning America. In the 8:30am ET segment he'll share the nominees for five categories. At 10am ET Rucker will head over to the Best Buy Theater in Times Square to read the nominees for the remaining seven categories. He'll also disclose CMA Broadcast Awards for Personality and Radio Station of the Year in small, medium, large and major markets; and finalists for the CMA National Broadcast Personality of the Year.

Darius Rucker Reveals Fifth Annual "Darius And Friends" Concert Lineup

Posted by Administrator on May 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Three-time GRAMMY Award-winning artist Darius Rucker will be hosting his fifth annual “Darius and Friends” benefit concert on Monday, June 2 at the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville. Featuring performances by Rucker and a star-studded lineup including Clint Black, Eli Young Band, David Nail, Cassadee Pope, Kenny Rogers, Corey Smith and Thompson Square, the sold-out show unofficially kicks off CMA Music Festival Week. All proceeds from the concert will go directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Additionally, the annual Darius and Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament, also benefiting St. Jude, will take place on Tuesday, June 3. Artists and celebrities set to tee off for the cause this year include Colt Ford, Scott Hamilton, JT Hodges, Randy Houser, Tommy John, Charles Kelley, Dustin Lynch, Derek Mason, David Nail, Jon Pardi, Eric Paslay, Keifer Thompson and more. Since its inception, “Darius and Friends” has raised more than $225,000 for St. Jude through the concert, celebrity golf tournament and charity auction.


“This is one of my favorite events every year and I’m so glad we’re able to support St. Jude for the fifth year in a row,” said Rucker. “St. Jude does such amazing work for young cancer patients and their families, and I’m grateful to all my fellow artists and friends for coming together to have some fun and support such a great cause.”


Rucker is currently on the road headlining his True Believers Tour. For more information, please visit or connect with Darius on Twitter and Facebook @DariusRucker

Fifth Annual 'Darius And Friends' Benefit Concert Announced For June 2nd

Posted by Administrator on March 19, 2014 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Platinum-selling Capitol Records Nashville recording artist Darius Rucker will host his fifth annual “Darius and Friends” benefit concert in Nashville, Tenn. on Monday, June 2 at the Wildhorse Saloon, benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. An exclusive pre-sale for last year’s ticketholders will begin Wednesday, March 19 at 11 a.m. CDT with general on sale opening at 11 a.m. CDT on Saturday, March 21. A fifth consecutive sell-out is inevitable, so fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets early. Prices start at $35 for General Admission and go up to $100 for VIP table options. Tickets will be available through the Wildhorse Saloon box office (615-902-8200 x1),, and   


Fans have come to look forward to kicking off CMA Fest with Rucker and his friends. Friends performing with Darius in past years have included Clint Black, Luke Bryan, Radney Foster, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Dustin Lynch, Justin Moore and Kid Rock, among others. The lineup for this year’s event will be announced soon.


The Darius and Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament will take place June 3. Last year, the charity concert, auction and celebrity golf tournament raised more than $95,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Rucker hopes to top past year’s totals to further benefit the pediatric treatment and research facility.


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First Performers Announced For ACA Awards

Posted by Administrator on November 14, 2013 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Sheryl Crow, Darius Rucker and Florida Georgia Line are among the first performers announced for FOX’s upcoming American Country Awards. Crow is set to perform with Rucker during the event, which will air live from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on Tuesday, December 10th, beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

Scotty McCreery, Chris Young, Carrie Keegan, Joe Nichols and Lauren Alaina will also make appearances. The American Country Awards will be co-hosted by Trace Adkins and Danica Patrick.


Darius Rucker Reveals Tour Dates For 2014 True Believers Tour

Posted by Administrator on November 12, 2013 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Platinum-selling entertainer, Darius Rucker, announced he will be touring the nation in 2014 with two of the hottest acts in country music. The True Believers Tour, named after Darius' third chart-topping country album released earlier this year, will feature Eli Young Band and special guest David Nail.


Presale tickets are already available, and they are selling out quickly! Get in on the action and purchase yours today. Majority of public on sales will begin November 15th. Stay tuned to for updates.


Still need to know more? Get a taste of what to expect on the road here. This tour is sure to be a string of unforgettable nights for fans everywhere. Find out if they will be bringing the music to your city here!

Darius Rucker Reveals 2014 "True Believers Tour" Featuring Eli Young Band With Special Guest David Nail

Posted by Administrator on November 5, 2013 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

It’s been a record year for Darius Rucker. Arguably one of the most applauded singles of the year, “Wagon Wheel” has helped the platinum-selling entertainer earn multiple nominations from the CMA and ACA Awards. Fans of his third chart-topping country album, True Believers, can catch Rucker out on the road next year performing nationwide, featuring the Eli Young Band with special guest David Nail.


The tour will kick off January 29, 2014 in Champaign, Ill. at State Farm Center with tickets going on sale beginning Nov. 15. An exclusive pre-sale will be available beginning Nov. 7 on Rucker is teaming up with Tickets-for-Charity and CMT One Country to offer premium seats to benefit the USO and Pattison's Academy -- available exclusively at


The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette calls Rucker’s live show “a killer set,” and The Morning Call hails him as “the best male performer in country music right now."


“As an entertainer, there’s nothing like seeing the fans react to your music. I’ve been blessed to have country radio take six of our songs to No. 1, so we thought it was the perfect time to take the True Believers Tour on the road,” shares Rucker. “It’s going to be an awesome show with some great entertainers as both Eli Young Band and David Nail deliver live.”


Rucker will perform during "The 47th Annual CMA Awards," which airs live on Nov. 6, and on "CMA Country Christmas," which will air on Dec. 2. Both specials will air on the ABC Television Network.


True Believers Tour stops include the following:


Jan. 29 | Champaign, Ill. | Assembly


Jan. 30 | Ft. Wayne, Ind. | Memorial Coliseum


Jan. 31 | Ypsilanti, Mich. | Convocation Center



Feb. 13 | Hershey, Pa. | Giant Center


Feb. 14 | Albany, N.Y. | Times Union


Feb. 15 | Verona, N. Y. | Stone Event Center


Feb. 20 | Charleston, S. C. | Coliseum


Feb. 21 | Columbia, S. C. | Colonial Life Arena


Feb. 22 | Asheville, N. C. | US Cellular Center*


Feb. 27 | Erie, Pa. | Insurance Arena


Feb. 28 | Youngstown, Ohio | Coveli Center


March 1 | Roanoke, VA. | Civic Center


March 7 | Enid, Okla. | Convention Hall


March 8 | Salina, Kan. | Bicentennial Center*


March 9 | Loveland, Colo. | Budweiser Events Center


*Eli Young Band will not be performing on these dates



For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Kenny Rogers to be Honored at CMAs

Posted by Administrator on October 29, 2013 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)


Newly inducted Country Music Hall of Fame member Kenny Rogers will receive The Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award during The 47th Annual CMA Awards airing Wednesday, Nov. 6 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC.


Rogers will be honored with a star-studded tribute featuring performances by Jennifer Nettles, Rascal Flatts and Darius Rucker.


“Kenny Rogers is a living legend and Country Music trailblazer,” said Ed Hardy, President of the CMA Board of Directors. “He is more than deserving of this honor and what is sure to be a stellar tribute. He represents everything that this Award was intended to recognize when we initiated it last year with Willie.”


Rogers is a five-time CMA Awards winner with 23 career nominations. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in a Medallion Ceremony Sunday night (Oct. 27), celebrating a five decade-long career. Rogers has sold more than 120 million records worldwide, recorded 24 No. 1 songs and 12 No. 1 albums, is a New York Times Bestselling author, and recently released his 35th studio album, You Can’t Make Old Friends, which became his 22nd Top 10 Country album.


The Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award was presented for the first time last year to its namesake. The Lifetime Achievement Award was created and meant to be presented to an iconic artist who has attained the highest degree of recognition in Country Music. The Award recognizes an artist who has achieved both national and international prominence and stature through concert performances, humanitarian efforts, philanthropy, record sales, and public representation at the highest level.


The Grand Ole Opry Offers Two New Tours

Posted by Administrator on July 11, 2013 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The Grand Ole Opry is giving fans two new backstage tours to experience, the pre-show VIP Behind The Opry Curtain Tour and an Opry House Post-Show Tour. These are added to the Opry’s backstage tour line-up, which includes a daytime tour via video featuring Opry member Blake Shelton as host.

The VIP Behind The Opry Curtain Tour will allow a limited number of fans to stand backstage as the big red curtain goes up on an Opry performance. It will also offer a look at the moments leading up to an Opry show before they are escorted to their seats.

The new Opry House Post-Show Tour will feature Opry member and Darius Rucker as a video host. It will share backstage memories and favorite moments. Rucker's videos will feature "Opry Home Movies," which will share footage of artists' Opry debuts, including Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and more. Special performances of George Jones, Dolly Parton and others will also be included.

Other Opry tour highlights include a sampling of 18 dressing rooms, the Opry Member Gallery, the Opry Family Room, Opry House Studio A, and the Opry stage.

Tickets and information are available at, 800-SEE-OPRY, and at the Opry box office.

Darius Rucker Debuts New Single "Radio" In NYC

Posted by Administrator on July 10, 2013 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

On the heels of his RIAA Platinum-selling, two-week No. 1 smash single, “Wagon Wheel,” Capitol recording artist Darius Rucker heads to New York City, N.Y. to debut “Radio,” the second release off his latest album TRUE BELIEVERS, which debuted at No. 1 in May. In preparation for the “Radio” release, Rucker will make appearances and perform the single on NBC’s “Today Show” and CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman,” airing this Thursday, July 11. (Check local listings for times.)


“Radio” officially hits country airwaves Monday, July 22.


Rucker recently wrapped the first leg of his TRUE BELIEVERS TOUR, his first-ever as a solo headliner. Joining him on the road were Rodney Atkins, Jana Kramer and Justin Moore. Additional tour dates are available on with fall TRUE BELIEVERS TOUR dates and details to be announced in the upcoming weeks.


Upon Rucker’s return to Nashville next week, he’ll be stopping by his home-away-from-home with a five-song set at the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday, July 16. Rucker fulfilled a lifelong dream when he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry last October.


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