For the past few months, Darius Rucker has been the opening act for Brad Paisley and his H2O II world tour.  But now, there's word around the country music news landscape that he will be going out as a headliner in the not too distant future.

It's hard to think that Darius would have any problem being the first name on the playbill.  I mean, how many times and in how many venues was he the headliner while fronting the band Hootie and the Blowfish?

Darius is quoted from an interview with our friends from The Boot:

"I haven't headlined a tour since Hootie, so to say I'm excited is an understatement," Darius notes. "It has been such an incredible experience to tour with Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts, and I've learned a lot being on the road with them. With this tour, I'm just excited to perform again for our fans, and I'm thrilled to have Rodney Atkins, Frankie Ballard, Justin Moore, and Thompson Square joining us."

It would also be a safe bet that any tour he'd be embarking upon would be used to highlight his number one album, Charleston, SC 1966, which he admits was a daunting task to complete.  But, I'd like to think that the voice that made Hootie so huge would also take time out to feature some stuff no one has heard for awhile.

The tour is set to open in Glens Falls, NY, on October 6th.

It's almost certain that additional dates will be added to the schedule, however, these are the preliminary dates as of this writing:
October 6, Glens Falls, N.Y.
October 7, Indiana, Pa.
October 8, Syracuse, N.Y.
October 20, Charlotte, N.C.
October 21, Raleigh, N.C.
October 22, Cincinnati, Ohio
October 23, Pikeville, Ky.
November 12, North Charleston, S.C.

It's nice to see that this talented man continues to see success in his "new" genre.  I hope for nothing but the best for him and his tour.

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