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Darius Rucker: the artist formerly known as Hootie

Darius Rucker: the artist formerly known as Hootie

Hootie's gone country Peter Gavin -

After trudging past endless rows of RVs, and waiting in a series of long lines, the team got into the Stagecoach country festival relatively unscathed. And despite the 50,000 fans (most of whom claim beer as their drug of choice), it was a pretty respectable scene, actually. The highlights of yesterday where The Infamous Stringdusters, Reverend Horton Heat, Earl Scruggs and Darius Rucker.

You may know the latter for his work with (or as) Hootie and the Blowfish, however these days he's all about country music. He rocked the "Mane Stage" with festival-friendly songs off his new solo album "Learn to Live," as well as giving the crowd what they wanted: several Hootie favorites such as "Only Want To Be With You" country-ized for the Stagecoach scene. Stay tuned for today's coverage...I'm excited for Poco, Peter Rowan and Hot Club of Cowtown.

Live coverage of the Stagecoach country music festival