Catching up with Darius Rucker and his band

Fishman's Artist Relations met up with the tour this summer and delivered a few Matrix Infinity pickups for Darius Rucker's Gibson J-45 acoustics.

We also sat in at soundcheck as another Aura was added to the mix. Dobro and pedal steel player Sasha Ostrovsky has been using the Jerry Douglas Aura Imaging Pedal for over a year, while fiddle, mandolin player, and rhythm guitar player Patrick Clark began using the Aura Spectrum DI to improve his live sound. The band performs over 150 shows a year!

Darius Rucker is a new name to country music, but a veteran name in the music industry. The South Carolina native spent two decades as lead singer of "Hootie and the Blowfish" as they won two Grammy awards and turned out 16 chart-topping singles.

The group went on hiatus in 2008, but that same year, Rucker launched a solo country music project that returned him to his Southern roots. His first record, Learn to Live, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's top country albums. In the Early Show summer concert series, Rucker said he didn't expect the success. "I just wanted to make the record for myself," he said. "And to see all this happening -country fans and country radio have been awesome."

In 2009, he received the Country Music Association award for Best New Artist, making him the first African-American performer to win a major CMA award since 1972.

And with the release of his sophomore album, Charleston, South Carolina 1966, Rucker is back on top of the charts - and sticking to his Southern state of mind.