Quotes by Darius Rucker

My family lives a pretty normal life.
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I pay almost no attention to the charts.
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I live for the NFL. I watch so much of it.
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I think I could take a job as an NFL scout.
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I expect to make a career out of country music.
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If you hear a song and you like it, you like it.
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Ray Charles has always been a big part of my life.
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Romantic stuff is not something I really remember.
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Golf is the greatest but most maddening sport there is.
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I can't live without my family, golf, and football.
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Great music will always rise to the top if you give it a chance.
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When I was in high school, I read all of Neil Simon's plays.
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There's nothing like sitting and watching the Masters on TV.
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To have John Mellencamp compliment my songwriting? That was unreal.
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Billy Graham isn't about politics - Billy Graham is about God.
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I plan to make records as long as people wanna keep listening to them.
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At the end of the day, I'm a fan of great stories and great songs.
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I love jam bands, but I still like a three-and-a-half-minute rock song.
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School was very important to me ,and music was what kept me coming back.
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I think I made records, since early on, that people wanted to listen to.
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It's about the music, not the color of the person playing the music.
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The other guys in Hootie were into rock. I brought the country influence.
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I'm always up at 7:30, usually earlier. Having three kids will do that.
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No doubt about it, country is a much more family-friendly business than pop.
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Every time I have a song that does well, that's a great feeling to have.
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It's hard to be married to me, and it was a lot harder when I was younger!
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If I did a show and didn't do Hootie songs, I would be ripping people off.
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You're always proud that people still want to hear what you're doing.
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I work hard to let my wife know how much I love her. I try to do that every day.
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I love Bob Dylan. 'Blood on the Tracks' is one of my top five records.
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Ric Flair was such a huge part of my childhood and teen years. He's an icon.
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One of the things that I'm dying to do is to sing the hook on a big rap song.
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I'm always trying to find myself little holes where I can do some songwriting.
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I played every position, from right tackle to quarterback and everything in between.
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It's always a positive when radio is playing your music and fans are responding.
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I'm pretty sure I'm gonna stick with country until I ride off in the sunset.
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There's two times of year for me: Football season, and waiting for football season.
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I'll take the kids to school after breakfast. I love doing that - love being a dad.
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Hearing Radney Foster was big for me, like hearing Al Green or R.E.M. for the first time.
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The worst thing for me when I go to a concert is a whole bunch of ballads. You get bored.
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I'm black because I was born this way. I'm proud of it. Thank God I am who I am.
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I love Hootie & the Blowfish and what we do, but that's not my main focus anymore.
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We went to church every Sunday. When I was a kid, the only time I sang was around my family.
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I love Christmas. I love the music... I love everything about Christmas. I'm a big fan.
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Everybody wants to have a good time, especially at a concert. That's why everybody goes.
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I've known Tiger since he was 18. Tiger is a great guy. I am so happy for him right now.
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Whether you are on stage or playing golf, all it takes is one person to throw everything off.
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I got turned onto the 'Pat Garrett' soundtrack when I worked retail back in the day.
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If my music career was my golf game, I'd be playing for about 26 people tonight somewhere.
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I just wanted to go out and make a record that I've always wanted to make since I was a kid.
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Country music's so about the nuclear family and living the southern lifestyle and everything.
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I make records so I can go on tour. There's nothing else. I love to go out and play for people.
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One of the great reasons to be in Nashville is, you get guys like Shane McAnally to write songs with.
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The music I like or the football teams I like or the food I eat has nothing to do with me being black.
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I was an 8-year-old who loved wrestling and watched it religiously every Saturday at one o'clock.
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I don't think I get the respect as a singer. With this record, I wanted to bring respect to my band.
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I'm a big Black Crowes guy. I think they are one of America's greatest rock & roll bands ever.
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There are so many people who would like to see me not make it in Nashville. But that's good motivation.
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My kids don't care about anything. I'm just Dad to them. They don't get excited about anything.
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I always tell people, the first time I heard 'She Talks To Angels,' those lyrics did something to me.
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One of my pet peeves is when people think that pop guys go country when they can't make it in pop anymore.
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A lot of times, I don't want to listen to my stuff, because I'm thinking maybe I didn't do my best.
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I've always listened to country music. I wanted Hootie to become a country band at first, but I was outvoted.
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People looked at me as a carpetbagger coming over from pop to country. But it helped because it got me in the room.
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It's hokey, but I love sitting in an inner tube and taking it easy on a lazy river ride. I can sit there all day.
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For me, '52nd Street' is quintessential Billy Joel. I bought that record as a kid and listened to it so much.
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When you're doing a Motley Crue tribute record, you can ask anyone to do it, and they're not going to say no.
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You always wanna make the best record you ever made, and if I feel like I didn't do that, I wouldn't put it out.
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I'd work with Charles Kelley anytime. I'd go do a 'Pancho and Lefty' record with Charles. He is class, man.
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I'm not a studio rat. I do find sitting around playing the same song 12 times kind of tedious. I like to get in and get out.
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Every time I make a record, it's make-or-break time. I hope I always have that mentality - that's what keeps me fired up.
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I'm such a lover of golf, and I've been at the Masters a couple times, and I've been so blessed to get to play there.
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We work so hard to stay true to country music. People can say they don't like it, but they can't say it's not country.
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Marriage is not easy. You have to decide to work. That's what it really comes down to: two people deciding to stay together or not.
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I love making music, and I love touring. I love that I get to wake up and play music. I don't like being away from my wife and kids.
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When you hear people scream because they're about to hear a song that has been a part of their life, there's nothing like that.
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With 'Wagon Wheel,' I loved the visual it painted, and it's a song I can truly say I look forward to performing every night.
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I have major respect for Kenny Chesney and Carrie Underwood and Sugarland. They are wonderful. They're superstars in the music business.
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Getting people to come play my 'Darius and Friends Show' was so easy because it's for St. Jude, and that's a great thing.
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Everybody's got problems, and if you're gonna leave somebody because they have problems, you're gonna be alone for a long time.
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As a kid, I was big into Al Green, Gladys Knight and the Pips, but as I got older, I started listening to all sorts of music, including country.
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I remember riding around with my friends with 'Ain't Even Done with the Night' cranked up and my windows down. Those were great days.
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I used to love watching 'Hee Haw' on TV when I was a kid. My brothers and sisters weren't happy about it, but I just loved the music.
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That's one of my pet peeves. People always want to put something into a category - this one or that one. You know, a great song is a great song.
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I've played golf since I was fourteen. I like how no two rounds are ever the same. And I get to be out in nature... and hang out with my buddies.
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With rock, you can write about anything. There are rock songs I still don't know what they're singing about, but you want to get up and dance.
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I always say, no matter what happens to me as a black man in country music, I can handle it if Charley Pride could handle all the stuff he went through.
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I had an AM radio and listened to Al Green, Kenny Rogers, Stevie Wonder, Charley Pride and Cheap Trick - sometimes in the same hour on the same station!
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I believe that one of the reasons I get to play golf all over the world is because of the barriers that Lee Elder broke down. I just think he's amazing.
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What I love about each album is the opportunity to expand on what we've done in the past - to push myself and the band creatively, vocally, and lyrically.
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There's a lot of stuff I thought I'd do in the world, but I never thought I'd have a street named after me in my hometown. It's a great feeling.
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I'm going to do whatever I want as long as it's country. I mean, I'm not much on naysayers, so I'll just do whatever. If I like it, I'll do it.
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I'm going to make country records back to back for a while - until country radio doesn't want me anymore or until I get my own theater in Branson - one of the two.
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When I was growing up, I always knew that if I ever got anything, I was going to give back as much as I can. I learned that all you have to be willing to do is give your time.
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It was important to me to find a label that wouldn't back out after a first single. Everyone's so used to hearing me with Hootie, they're going to be skeptical.
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Ice Cube is doing so great. He went from being this hardcore gangster rapper to this actor now. He's doing children's movies and all this stuff - he's rocking it.
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Everything that I do on stage comes from seeing the Black Crowes in '95 in Charlotte. For 'Let Her Cry,' I was just trying to write 'She Talks to Angels.'
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I've been a Robert Randolph fan forever, since 2001. I just thought he was so cool; you don't see a black kid playing the slide the way he plays. No one plays like Robert.
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I've gotten to play so many of the great courses around the country and overseas. Sometimes it pays to be the golf guy. People always want to take me to the golf course. I love it.
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I'm lucky my wife is a strong woman. She's one of the stronger people I've ever met. It's hard for me to be away, but I know my home life is fine because my wife is there.
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I remember my brother was always a jerk to me. One time, he bought Jimi Hendrix's 'Smash Hits,' and he gave it to me because he didn't like it, thinking it was a punishment.
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We can't thank Dave enough. He could call me if my wife was about to have a baby and tell me he needed tonight for his show and I'd find some way to get her to let me head to New York.
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I'd be lying to say I've not experienced a lot of racism in my life; it's very much alive. I don't let it bother me. I couldn't be the singer I am if I didn't let it go.
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I think people who go out and tell you how much they're gonna change things are the people who end up being just another whatever. I'm never trying to change anything. That's not for me.
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The first year I started liking the Dolphins was Super Bowl VI, which they lost to the Cowboys. I was 5. My whole family was pulling for the Cowboys, so I rooted for the Dolphins. They lost, and I cried.
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I'm a kid who grew up in an all African-American neighborhood and got into schools and aspired to just be me, and didn't worry about labels or anything. Just wanted to be a success at what I did.
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People go, 'Oh, you're another guy who crossed over to country.' I say, name another one. Name one other pop singer who's done what I've done as a country singer. There isn't one.
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