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Having your first country album debut at #1 on the Billboard charts – following a multi-week #1 debut country single – is a huge achievement by anyone’s measure. When you add to that the New York Times’ claim that your debut album is “one of the year’s most vibrant country albums,” and Variety’s declaration that “Country music has a new ... Read more in Amazon's Darius Rucker Store

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  • Audio CD (October 12, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
  • ASIN: B003PON2GM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,519 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. This
2. Come Back Song
3. Might Get Lucky
4. Whiskey And You
5. Southern State Of Mind
6. Love Will Do That
7. The Craziest Thing
8. Things I'd Never Do
9. We All Fall Down
10. I Don't Care (Featuring Brad Paisley)
11. She's Beautiful
12. I Got Nothin'
13. In A Big Way

Editorial Reviews

2010 sophomore solo album from the former Hootie & The Blowfish vocalist and Country superstar. Darius Rucker signed with Capitol Records Nashville in 2007 and has since been embraced by the country music community with his chart-topping 2008 debut, Learn to Live. His second album, Charleston, SC 1966, features the single 'Come Back Song'.

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Great songs, great voice.
laps253
He is so good I think you will agree, if listen to the words you will be walking beside him seeing what he is it is amazing.
Vickie Garlock
I would highly recommend this album even if you aren't a country music fan.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Yap TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 12, 2010
Format: MP3 Music
Prime Cuts: We All Fall Down, Come Back Song, She's Beautiful

Hootie who? Despite being the front man of Hootie and the Blowfish, Darius Rucker has made himself such a name in country music that has made his days with the Hootie a distant memory. Not since Charley Pride has another African American country artist made such a squall on the country music front. Three consecutive number ones from his debut disc "Learn to Live" and garnering the New Artist Award at CMA have certainly firmly established Rucker as one of the mainstays of the genre. Sophomore follow -up "Charleston, SC 1966" ought to continue to give Rucker the same red carpet treatment of more awards and number one hits. Like his solo debut, "Charleston, SC 1966" continues on the same radio ready path of pop country with that occasional touch of southern charm. And just like his predecessor, Rucker has a hand in co-penning all these cuts with some of Nashville finest scribes including Brad Paisley, Ashley Gorley, Frank Rogers, Kara DioGuardi among many others.

Inspired by Radney Foster's 1992 landmark "Del Rio, TX 1959" where Foster names his Arista debut under the name of his hometown and date of birth, "Charleston, SC 1966" follows suit for Rucker. While Foster's release was a masterpiece of creative ingenuity, Rucker's counterpart is less adventurous. Not that it's a ropey effort. Rather, the songs are mostly safe and radio-targeted. Best tailored towards radio is lead single "Come Back Song" a sensitive mid-tempo acoustically driven ditty telling the story of a mildly depressed man trying to win back his paramour after committing some foolish mishaps. While the age-appropriate "Might Get Lucky" tells of a frustrated middle-aged husband trying to juggle between the kids and some fun time with the Mrs..
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Robert G Yokoyama VINE VOICE on October 12, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I love this new music from Darius Rucker. "Charleston SC, 1966" is a reference to Darius Rucker's birth place and birth year.

My favorite track is the duet with Brad Paisley. "I Don't Care". This is a fun song is about living a carefree life drinking beer and looking at pretty women.

My other track is "Come Back Song". This song is about trying to get back together with someone. I love his vocals on this song. The mandolin playing by Sam Bush is excellent on this song.

"Might Get Lucky" is a song about trying to rekindle the romance in a relationship while hoping to get lucky. A lot of married people will relate to the lyrics of this song.

"Southern State of Mind" and "In A Big Way" are two songs about what a huge influence growing up in the South has on his personality. I love these two tunes. "Whiskey And You" is the prettiest song about alcohol I have ever heard. I love the musical arrangements on the song "The Craziest Thing". All the instruments on this song are excellent. I love the piano playing by Gordon Mote and banjo playing by Bela Fleck.

"We All Fall Down" is a reminder that people make mistakes and fall short sometimes. The mandolin playing is played beautifully on this song. "I Got Nothin" is another song about trying to prevent a loved one from leaving. The lyrics of this song sound very honest. I like it a lot. This is a song about learning lessons throughout life. This is a very upbeat and fun song.

"She's Beautiful" is a song learning to love the inner beauty of a woman. I like this song very much. Darius makes me like country music again. The music on this disc is so much fun.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 12, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Former Hootie & The Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker reinvented himself as a Country singer, after the dismal showing of his brilliant but overlooked Neo-Soul debut "Back To Then". It paid off as his sophomore CD "Learn To Love" went on to sell over a million in the US.

His new CD "Charleston, SC 1966" pays homage to his hometown and year of birth, as well as his friend and biggest influence Radney Foster. It is, he says, a continuation of its predecessor but I think the songs are even catchier this time around. Opening is the upbeat Rock-tinged "This" with a chorus reminiscent of Hootie & The Blowfish's "Only Wanna Be With You". Other catchy upbeat songs are "Might Get Lucky", the jangly banjo/fiddle-driven "Love Will Do That", and the traditional sounding "I Don't Care" (featuring Brad Paisley).

However, it's the albums ballads that are a revelation; "Come Back Song", "Whiskey & You" (with quivering guitars and a nice pedal steel guitar solo), "Southern State Of Mind" (in which he tells us he's a well-mannered southern gentleman who holds the door open for ladies), "Things "I'd Never Do", "She's Beautiful", "I Got Nothing" and the retro "In A Big Way". My favourite is "We All Fall Down", a truly spectacular ballad with powerful lyrics offering hope and redemption.

When Rucker veered into Country, I didn't expect to like it but surprisingly I do, and his latest should see his star continue to ascend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Emgee on October 15, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Darius Rucker's debut album Learn To Live was very strong, and even the couple of filler tracks were easy to listen to and enjoy. Filler material is virtually absent on his new album.

Each track is unique, again exploring a variety of themes. Rucker finds himself acting the way he's always acted, despite locational displacement ("Southern State of Mind"), doing what he promised he wouldn't ("Things I'd Never Do") and kicking back and drinking with Brad Paisley ("I Don't Care").

A great sophomore album.

Standout tracks:
"The Craziest Thing"
"Whiskey and You"
"Southern State of Mind"
"Things I'd Never Do"
"I Don't Care"
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