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Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw tie with 7 ACM Award nods each

Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw tie with 7 ACM Award nods each

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. superstars Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw were each nominated for seven Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas Wednesday.
ABC to air 2-hour MDA Labor Day weekend telethon

ABC to air 2-hour MDA Labor Day weekend telethon

TUCSON, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Ryan Seacrest, the Backstreet Boys, Darius Rucker and Paula Abdul have been booked to appear on the 2-hour broadcast of America's traditional MDA telethon.
ABC to air CMA Music Festival special Aug. 12

ABC to air CMA Music Festival special Aug. 12

NASHVILLE, July 11 (UPI) -- ABC says it will air "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock," a 3-hour special taped in Nashville in June, on Aug. 12.
Black Sabbath's '13' tops U.S. album chart

Black Sabbath's '13' tops U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, June 19 (UPI) -- Black Sabbath's "13" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.
'Like Clockwork' tops the U.S. album chart

'Like Clockwork' tops the U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, June 12 (UPI) -- Queens of the Stone Age's "Like Clockwork" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.
'Random Access Memories' tops U.S. album chart for a second week

'Random Access Memories' tops U.S. album chart for a second week

LOS ANGELES, June 5 (UPI) -- Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart for a second week, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.
'Random Access Memories' tops U.S. album chart

'Random Access Memories' tops U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, May 29 (UPI) -- Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.
Usher, Darius Rucker join tornado relief concert lineup

Usher, Darius Rucker join tornado relief concert lineup

OKLAHOMA CITY, May 28 (UPI) -- Usher and Darius Rucker have been added to the lineup of performers for the "Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert" in Oklahoma, NBC said.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, May 13, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, May 13, 2012.
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White House features country music

White House features country music

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Dierks Bentley, Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson and Lyle Lovett performed at the White House Monday as President Barack Obama celebrated country music.
Witherspoon to be presenter at CMAs

Witherspoon to be presenter at CMAs

NASHVILLE, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Actress Reese Witherspoon has joined the lineup of presenters for the 45th annual CMA Awards show in Nashville, ABC said Monday.

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Lionel Richie returns to country roots

Lionel Richie returns to country roots

NASHVILLE, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Singer Lionel Richie says he's returning to his country roots with his new album "Tuskegee" featuring duets with some of country music's leading stars.
Country acts line up for MDA telethon

Country acts line up for MDA telethon

NASHVILLE, June 10 (UPI) -- Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker have taped performances at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry for the Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day Telethon.
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Darius Rucker performs at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida on August 12, 2010. UPI/Michael Bush
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Darius Rucker (born May 13, 1966) is an American musician. He first gained fame as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Hootie & the Blowfish, which he founded in 1986 at the University of South Carolina along with Mark Bryan, Jim "Soni" Sonefeld and Dean Felber. The band has released five studio albums with him as a member, and charted six top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Rucker co-wrote the majority of the band's songs with the other three members.

He released a solo R&B album, Back to Then, in 2002 on Hidden Beach Recordings but did not chart any singles from it. Six years later, Rucker signed to Capitol Records Nashville as a country music artist, releasing the album Learn to Live that year. Its first single, "Don't Think I Don't Think About It", made him the first African American to chart a number one on the Hot Country Songs charts since Charley Pride in 1983. It was followed by two more number-one singles, "It Won't Be Like This for Long" and "Alright" and the number three "History in the Making". In 2009, he became the first African American to win the New Artist Award from the Country Music Association, and only the second African American to win any award from the association. A second Capitol album, Charleston, SC 1966, was released on October 12, 2010, and was led off by the number-one "Come Back Song" to later be followed with the number-one song "This".

Darius Rucker was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, where his family history goes back generations. His single mother, Carolyn, who was a nurse, raised him with his five siblings: three sisters and two brothers. According to Rucker, his father was "never around," and Rucker only saw him before church on Sundays. His father was in a gospel band called The Rolling Stones. Rucker has said that he had a "typical Southern, African-American upbringing." His family attended church every Sunday and was economically poor, and at one point, his mother, her two sisters, his grandmother and 14 children were all living in a three-bedroom home. Even so, he says that he looks back on his childhood "with very fond memories." His sister, L'Corine, recalled that singing "was always his dream".

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