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Darius Rucker Readies Next Album, ‘Homegrown Honey’

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By Annie Reuter

Darius Rucker is hard at work on his fourth country album, and he’s enlisted the help of some famous friends.

In an interview with Rolling Stone Country, the singer revealed details on his upcoming release, Homegrown Honey.

“When I get off the phone with you, I’m going right into the studio,” Rucker told Rolling Stone Country. “We have written like 60 songs for this record, which is way too many. We’ll sit down and decide which 12 or 15 we want to cut. We’ve already cut six or seven.”

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One of those six cut is the title track, which he wrote with Nathan Chapman and Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley.

“It’s a little different for me. It’s not one of those family songs — it’s really a country party song,” Rucker said. “It’s talking about some country girl who lives in New York City. It’s got hooks galore.”

Rucker will reunite with producer Frank Rogers, who has produced all three of Rucker’s previous country solo efforts, including last year’s True Believers, which included Rucker’s GRAMMY-winning “Wagon Wheel.” Initially a Bob Dylan outtake, the song was later finished and recorded by Old Crow Medicine Show; in Rucker’s hands it became a mainstream radio hit.

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“It’s all about the songs for me. I want great songs,” Rucker said. “And if we have great songs, then Frank is the genius and does what he does.”

Rucker’s Homegrown Honey release date remains to be determined.

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