For many of us, the Fourth of July conjures up memories of fun in the sun and fireworks. Some of us remember things being a little less safe back in the good old days. Roman candle wars, bottle rocket fights, and throwing Black Cats at one another were common Independence Day activities. Award-winning country singer Darius Rucker remembers the good old days.
Darius Rucker grew up in South Carolina. So, he has country roots. At the same time, he lived in the good old days when safety was far from first. In a recent holiday-themed press release from UMG Nashville, Rucker looks back on his youth and how they celebrated the Fourth of July.
“Oh, I love fireworks,” Darius Rucker told UMG Nashville. He went on, “We had bottle rocket fights and all that good stuff. I was the typical little crazy kid, you know.”
Then, Rucker talks about what the Fourth of July was like in his home state of South Carolina. “In South Carolina, it was always legal. So, we shot fireworks when it was legal.” Ah, the good old days before even sparklers were listed as banned items in some municipalities. However, Rucker points out that there was a price to that freedom, as there always is. “I almost blew my hand off once,” he recalled.
Then again, who among us didn’t almost lose at least a digit or two every year? It wasn’t fun if there was no danger involved. Firing tiny explosives at friends and neighbors was the reason for the season for many children in the past. It seems like Darius Rucker is happily in that group.
Darius Rucker’s Hands Are Safe
We can thank our lucky stars that Darius Rucker made it to adulthood with all ten fingers. He has been making great music since the nineties. Even in the days of Hootie and the Blowfish, Rucker had a little country influence. For instance, some would argue that their hit song “Let Her Cry,” is a country song, no matter what radio stations you heard it on.
In 2008, Darius Rucker hit the country music scene with his debut single, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” Since then, he has recorded some truly great tunes in the genre. For instance, his cover of “Wagon Wheel,” is right up there with the Old Crow Medicine Show version.
However, Darius Rucker has one song that fits today better than anything else in his catalog. That song is “Beers and Sunshine.”
Darius Rucker penned the song and released it in August of 2020. However, it fits the Fourth of July like a glove. There are no patriotic lines in the song. However, it captures the celebratory spirit of the holiday like few other songs do. Crank it up while you crack a cold one and heat up the grill.