Darius Rucker and Dierks Bentley headline Homegrown Concert 

Danile Island tradition continues

Last fall, Hootie & The Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker released a country-styled solo album titled Learn to Live on the Capitol Records Nashville label. Guest musicians on the album include Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, and Alison Krauss. The collection of ballads and twangy pop tunes quickly became a smash success, racing up Billboard's country and albums charts and country singles with the song "Don't Think I Don't Think About It." This year, he continues the solo action.

Due to Hootie & The Blowfish's "recent break in touring" this year, Rucker plans to perform solo (with a backing band) at the annual Homegrown Concert Series concert event at the Family Circle Stadium (161 Seven Farms Drive) on Thurs. Aug. 13. Rucker, guitarist Mark Bryan, drummer Jim "Soni" Sonefeld, and bassist Dean Felber have performed for eight consecutive years on Daniel Island for the annual Homegrown Concerts at the Family Circle Stadium. "With Dean's surgery and the break in Hootie for the year for my solo country album, we all agreed it was important to continue the benefit concert efforts, but with a country twist this year," Rucker stated in a press release this week. "It will be a great night, and we look forward to returning for the Homegrown Concert as Hootie in the coming years."

Country music star Dierks Bentley has signed on to help as co-headliner, and additional guests will be announced in coming weeks.

The "Homegrown Concert Series" encourages fans to bring school supplies to the show as a donation, and all supplies will be donated to Charleston County Schools in need.

Tickets go on sale Sat. June 20 at 10 a.m. Reserved seating will be available on the floor and in the first tier for $40, in the second tier for $32, and general admission seating will be available in the third tier for $25 via Ticketmaster.com, by phone at (800) 745-3000, at local Publix outlets, and at the Family Circle Tennis Center ticket box office.



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