We’ve seen it happen countless times. A pop artist’s career will start to flag. Then, they decided to get some of that sweet country music money. So, they put on some designer jeans, buy a John B. Stetson, and put out a “country album.” Most of the time, though, it’s just a pop album with a couple of acoustic tracks. It doesn’t take long for country music fans to realize that the pop star turned country singer is all hat and no cattle, so they go back and make a big pop comeback album. Darius Rucker, however, is nothing like that.
Thirteen years ago today, Darius Rucker jumped into country music with both feet. He didn’t need a costume or any of that to announce his arrival. He let his first country single, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” do all the talking. It said all country music fans needed to hear.
In case you were unaware, Darius Rucker was an award-winning, platinum-selling artist long before he entered the world of country music. His former band, Hootie and the Blowfish were inescapably huge in the nineties. Rucker wasn’t trying to revive his career or cash in on the fact that country music is still the most popular genre in America. He was following his artistic passion. After all, the South Carolina native grew up hearing country music. In fact, some of his work with Hootie and the Blowfish had some serious country influence. So, it’s no surprise that he cut a clear path to the top of the country charts and has been walking that path ever since.
Darius Rucker’s First Country Single
The great thing about good country music is that it’s relatable. Artists create songs that we can feel because we’ve been there. It doesn’t matter if they’re sad songs, love songs, or just songs about life. Darius Rucker obviously understands this. “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” is something that most people have been through.
In the song, he talks about leaving his lover. It’s been years and everyone has moved on. He’s not longing to get her back. However, he still thinks about her from time to time. There are some regrets, but he’s not trying to call her up or crash her wedding or anything crazy. For the most part, it’s just a song about all the “What ifs” that you feel looking back on a relationship. Who hasn’t been there?
Sonically, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” is pure country. It checks all the boxes. Acoustic guitar and soaring lonesome steel combine with Darius Rucker’s vocals to create gold. The track went to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and stayed there for two weeks.
If you thought the album version of the single was great, check out this performance. It’s just Darius Rucker, one other guy, and a couple of acoustic guitars. If that doesn’t stir your soul, check your pulse.