Even though it’s not quite Halloween, Darius Rucker is already looking towards Christmas. Rucker and his band Hootie and The Blowfish are honoring military heroes with the release of their newest song. The band released a Christmas track called “Won’t Be Home For Christmas.”
The song explores the sacrifices those in the armed forces make to protect the country. One of those sacrifices is not being able to be home to celebrate the holidays with their families.
“We feel very fortunate to have the freedom to enjoy the holidays with our families. However we know that isn’t the case for everyone,” guitarist Mark Bryan said. “Whether they’re deployed overseas or stationed far away from their families, this can be a tough time for military members. We wanted to really pay tribute to that sacrifice. And thank these men and women for everything they do to keep us safe.”
In the Song, Darius Rucker Explores the Relationship Between a Father And Daughter
The song features Abigail Hodges as a young daughter wishing for Santa Claus to bring her father home. The tune explores the duality between the daughter and the father who is deployed overseas. Rucker sings the perspective of the father.
“Abigail is actually the daughter of David Hodges, who’s an awesome producer here in Nashville,” Rucker said in a press release. “She did a great job of adding that perspective to this song and really bringing the lyrics to life.”
Hootie and The Blowfish wrote the song. Recently, the band released a remix of “Turn It Up” from their 2019 album Imperfect Circle. That album marked the first new music the band had released in almost 15 years. Rucker formed the rock group in 1986 with Mark Bryan, bassist Dean Felber, and drummer Jim “Soni” Sonefeld.
In the years since, Rucker has pursued an equally successful career as a country singer.