Darius Rucker and a handful of his like-minded chums took their talents to Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon on Monday night (June 6) for a sold-out show benefiting St. Jude’s Research Hospital in Memphis. The seventh annual Darius Rucker and Friends concert jump-started CMA Fest week for the packed crowd while benefiting a great cause.
Darius kicked the show off by singing a few of his crowd-pleasing tunes, including “Homegrown Honey” and “Come Back Song,” before turning the mic over to LOCASH, Scotty McCreery, Terri Clark, Drake White, Dan Tyminski, Hunter Hayes and Country Music Hall of Famer Charley Pride.
In addition to standards like Terri Clark’s “Girls Lie Too” and Charley Pride’s “Kiss an Angel Good Morning,” highlights included Scotty McCreery singing Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried,” Drake White’s cover of 4 Non Blondes’ “What’s Up” and Darius crooning on his hit “Hold My Hand” from his Hootie & the Blowfish days.
“I’m always amazed that this show sells out before we even announce who’s playing—the fans are lined up around the block ready to get in,” says Darius to Nash Country Daily. “You know, we’re getting close to raising a million dollars for such a great organization. I’ve been to Memphis and seen the looks on these kids’ faces—they are such fighters and so strong. It’s a blessing to be able to do this for the seventh year, and have all these [artists] come out and play.”
Check out Darius singing “Hold My Hand” below.
Over the past six years, Darius’ concert and celebrity golf tournament have raised more than $700,000 for St. Jude, with 2016’s total expected to push the number close to $1 million.
“I’ve always had a passion for kids, and we really are so blessed to have our health,” says Drake. “To go to a place like St. Jude and see people come together with one goal in mind—to help kids—it’s magical and humbling and such a great experience. I’m so honored to be a part of Darius’ night to raise funds and awareness for St. Jude.”
Watch Drake drum up a little ’90s nostalgia with his cover of 4 Non Blondes’ “What’s Up.”
photos by Lec Garcia