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Darius Rucker Rocks Wagon Wheel on Amerian Idol

Rucker To Also Appear On NBC’S “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” And “TODAY” Citi Summer Concert Series Later This Week

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Three-time GRAMMY winner and country star Darius Rucker brought his widely popular hit “Wagon Wheel” to the “American Idol” stage on Monday night, as he partnered with eventual runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson on the show’s highly anticipated season finale. “It’s so inspiring to see how much talent, passion and ambition these contestants have,” said Rucker. “I loved being a part of Caleb’s experience on 'American Idol.' He's got that old school voice." Rucker, whose current single “For The First Time” is currently in the Top 3 on the country charts, will return to national television on Thursday, May 24 at 11:35 p.m. EDT as the musical guest for a special Fleet Week episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on NBC. The man Billboard calls “one of the torch-bearers for the format” will again bring a selection of his country music hits to fans nationwide as he graces the “TODAY” plaza stage for the Citi Summer Concert Series on Friday, May 25starting at 7:00 a.m. EDT. Rucker will continue his summer of music with the ninth annual “Darius and Friends” show benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Monday, June 4, as well as his co-headlining Summer Plays On Tour with Lady Antebellum, kicking off Thursday, July 19 in Toronto, Ontario. For more information about new music, appearances and tour dates, please visit or follow on social media @DariusRucker.

About Darius Rucker Rucker first attained multi-Platinum status in the music industry as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of GRAMMY award-winning Hootie & the Blowfish. Since releasing his first country album in 2008, he has celebrated four summits to the top of the Billboard Country albums chart and earned a whole new legion of fans. In 2014, Rucker won his third career GRAMMY award for Best Solo Country Performance for his 4x Platinum selling cover of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel,” off his album, True Believers. Rucker’s first two country albums, Learn To Live and Charleston, SC 1966 produced five No. 1 singles including “Come Back Song,” “This,” “Alright,” “It Won’t Be Like This For Long,” and “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” Southern Style, his fourth studio country album, features his seventh No. 1 single “Homegrown Honey,” co-written by Rucker, label mate Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, and Nathan Chapman. Rucker’s latest album on Capitol Records Nashville, When Was The Last Time, featured the lead single “If I Told You,” his eighth No. 1 on country radio. The album's second single, "For The First Time," is currently Top 3-and-climbing.

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