Darius Rucker is releasing his new album, “Carolyn’s Boy,” today. He co-wrote 10 of the 14 tracks on the album with such prominent songwriters as Ed Sheeran, HARDY, John Osborne, Ross Copperman, Josh Osborne, and Lady A’s Charles Kelley.
Rucker named the new album after his mother, a nurse at Medical University of South Carolina, who raised him with his three sisters and two brothers; and he chose a photo of his mother to grace the cover of his new collection of songs.
This new collection is the multi-Platinum-selling artist’s first release in six years – since 2017’s “When Was The Last Time.”
He said, “I wanted to name the record ‘Carolyn’s Boy’ because Mom never got to see any of my success. She died before any of this happened, so it’s just another homage to the greatest woman I’ve ever known.”
Rucker added, “Once I decided I was going to name it ‘Carolyn’s Boy,’ like when I decided that day in the studio, I knew the picture I was going to use. That’s our favorite family picture. Like, every family member has that picture in their house. My mom was 25 at the time. I think it’s her nursing school picture and we all have it. And so, I knew what picture I was going to use.”
The South Carolina native credits his mother for all of his good qualities.
“She instilled everything in me that’s good – you know, my philanthropy, the way I care about people, being nice all the time – those are all things that my mom (would do),” Rucker said. “My mom used to say all the time, ‘It’s so much easier to be nice than to be a jerk,’ but she didn’t say jerk. That wasn’t the word she used (laughs). But, everything good in me she instilled in me, and I always believe that I hope that I became the man that she was trying to raise.”
Rucker, who was just inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville on Wednesday, will bring the new music to his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, during his personally curated Riverfront Revival Music Festival for a second year during his album release weekend.