On Sunday, Sept. 30, Jacksonville welcomed two chart-topping musicians to Daily’s Place: Darius Rucker and Russell Dickerson. They were greeted by a sold-out crowd of all ages as they belted out their hits before an enthusiastic crowd.
As the sun went down, Dickerson kicked off the concert singing his mega-hits tunes, such as “Billions,” “Every Little Thing” and “Twenty Something.” His contagious energy fired up the music lovers as he went around the stage, slapping fans’ hands and throwing out guitar picks to a few ecstatic attendees.
As the new guy in country music, he had an eclectic mashup of rap, country and punk-rock, punctuated with his less-than-perfect dance moves and seemingly sincere efforts to please the ladies.
By the time headliner Darius Rucker (no, he is not Hootie) took the stage, Daily’s Place was packed and in a frenzy. He jumped right in, giving us what we wanted: “Homegrown Honey,” “Radio” and “Southern State of Mind.”
Rucker exhibited his amazing talents as he worked the crowd. The dude's got the ability to switch genres flawlessly, delighting all with one of his past hits, “Time,” a hit when he was the lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish. Rucker started his country music career in 2008. In just one year, he had the hit “It Won’t Be Like This for Long,” which spent three weeks topping the country charts in 2009. Rucker has been delivering hit songs ever since and he definitely left a very good lasting impression on Northeast Florida concert-goers that night.
After the show, fan Jane Chefan, who attended with her husband Jeff, gushed, “Seeing Darius Rucker was a huge treat for us. We know and love his songs and he definitely didn’t disappoint! He and the band delivered a soulful yet high-energy and feel-good performance. The evening was truly outstanding.”
Sure, it's a little surreal to see a former alt-rocker crooning country & Western tunes, but Darius Rucker is a master at the smooth transition and his incredibly soulful-yet-powerful blend of tenor/bass/baritone timbre always satisfies.