When Was the Last Time

When Was the Last Time

by Darius RuckerDarius Rucker


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Darius Rucker opens When Was the Last Time, his fifth album as a country artist, singing about singing along with R.E.M. as you sit behind the wheel. The song spins this as a new experience but the tenor of the tune makes it clear Rucker is reminiscing about his past, a time when he listened to jangle pop while chugging two-dollar wine. Nostalgia is a big thing on When Was the Last Time, but it has been prominent in Rucker's music since Learn to Live, the 2008 album where the onetime Hootie & the Blowfish frontman turned to country. Not much separates When Was the Last Time from Learn to Live, or the three records that came between for that matter. Rucker still works with producer Frank Rogers and he remains committed to a chipper, tuneful blend of mainstream country-pop and sanded-down roots rock. On the fringes, there are some differences -- there's a heavier emphasis on looped rhythms, with the electronic beats vying for attention with Rucker on the closing "Story to Tell"; he eases into lightly swinging lounge for the ballad "Another Night with You," with its cameos by Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Charles Kelley; "Straight to Hell" is the rowdiest country he's ever done -- but the overall vibe is the same: it's sunny, laid-back music made for a cozy middle age. By this point, this friendly country-pop is second nature to Rucker, and when the music is designed to be a balm, there's a value in familiarity. A decade into his country career, Rucker is at ease and he has the songs to match his chill, which means this is an ideal album for relaxation.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/20/2017
Label: Capitol Nashville
UPC: 0602557426908
catalogNumber: 002638502
Rank: 3999

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Darius Rucker   Primary Artist
David Davidson   Violin
Dan Dugmore   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Derek George   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Alan Umstead   Violin
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Violin
Bergen White   Conductor
Jason Lehning   Keyboards
Micah Wilshire   Background Vocals
Fred Eltringham   Drums
Carole Neuen-Rabinowitz   Cello
Derek Wells   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Carolyn Dawn Johnson   Background Vocals
Andy Leftwich   Fiddle
Tony Lucido   Bass
Elizabeth Lamb   Viola
Rob McNelley   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jaren Johnston   Background Vocals
Ross Copperman   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jason Aldean   Background Vocals
Rodney Clawson   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Luke Bryan   Background Vocals
Charles Kelley   Background Vocals
Carole Rabinowitz   Cello
Josh Osborne   Background Vocals
Conni Ellisor   Violin
Chris Tompkins   Electric Guitar
Mary Katherine Vanosdale   Violin

Technical Credits

Kevn Kinney   Composer
Dean Dillon   Composer
Derek George   Composer,Programming
Bergen White   Arranger
Darius Rucker   Composer
F. Reid Shippen   Engineer
Shane McAnally   Composer
Karen Naff   Art Direction
Chris Parr   Vocal Producer
Jaren Johnston   Composer
Ross Copperman   Composer,Producer,overdub engineer,Vocal Engineer
A.J. Babcock   Composer
Rodney Clawson   Composer
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Pete Good   Composer
Scooter Carusoe   Composer
Dallas Davidson   Composer
Josh Osborne   Composer
Josh Thompson   Composer
Zach Crowell   Composer,Programming
Jon Nite   Composer
J.T. Harding   Composer
Chris Tompkins   Composer,Programming
Adam Doleac   Composer

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