True Believers

True Believers

by Darius RuckerDarius Rucker




By this point in the Darius Rucker discography, it's no longer a talking point that the former Hootie & the Blowfish singer is attempting a country career. True Believers is the singer's third album exploring contemporary country styles, following a strong showing with both 2008's Learn to Live and its 2010 follow-up, Charleston, SC 1966. The thing is, with a few songs you have to be listening pretty closely to differentiate the country affectations from the pop songwriting Rucker's been doing all along. There are flourishes of pedal steel here and there, and his cover of Old Crow Medicine Show's bluegrass stomper "Wagon Wheel" and the gospel-country rumination on missing South Carolina "Take Me Home" can't really be argued with in terms of down-home traditions, but a fair amount of the tracks rock as much as they drawl, with distorted guitars coming through as often as banjo. What really pushes the album into country territory more than the instrumentation is Rucker's sometimes naked storytelling. Songs take on the form of stories about the difficulties of marriage and middle age, the importance of family, or memories of happy times growing up. "Radio" grooves somewhere between alt-pop and '80s Top 40 fare as Rucker reminisces about simpler times, and the slow-burning title track tells the devotional tale of a couple meeting, falling in love, and striving for better things through challenges together. "Miss You" captures the frustration of a passionless marriage in subtle lines like "Had a bottle of wine and a perfectly fine dinner" before getting personal with lyrics like "How can we say we're still in love and not be lovers?" Cameos by Sheryl Crow and Mallary Hope add to the album that volleys between feel-good rockers and bittersweet ballads, relying as much on modern country stylings as Rucker's gifts for catchy pop melodies that first appeared in a slightly more alternative guise back in the '90s.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/21/2013
Label: Capitol
UPC: 5099960270825
catalogNumber: 2708

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Darius Rucker   Primary Artist
Sheryl Crow   Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
David Angell   Strings
John Catchings   Strings
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
David Davidson   Strings
Greg Morrow   Drums
Gordon Mote   Piano,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Russ Pahl   Pedal Steel Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Kris Wilkinson   Strings
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Gayle Mayes   Background Vocals
Angela Primm   Background Vocals
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Frank Rogers   Keyboards
Dave Haywood   Background Vocals
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Hillary Scott   Background Vocals
Charles Kelley   Background Vocals
Mike Johnson   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Neal Cappellino   Engineer
Bob DiPiero   Composer
Billy Sherrill   Engineer
David Lee Murphy   Composer
Brian David Willis   Engineer
Drew Bollman   Engineer
Darius Rucker   Composer
Mark Nesler   Composer
Monty Criswell   Composer
Richard Barrow   Engineer
Shane McAnally   Composer
Frank Rogers   Composer,Producer
Joanna Carter   Art Direction
Michelle Hall   Producer
Rodney Clawson   Composer
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Josh Kear   Composer
Phil O'Donnell   Composer
Luke Laird   Composer
Phillip White   Composer
Brandy Clark   Composer
Dallas Davidson   Composer
Ketch Secor   Composer
Rhett Atkins   Composer

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