Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan and Friends Sing for St. Jude
Darius Rucker has long been a vocal advocate for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis and has a number of events throughout the year to support the facility. The fourth annual Darius & Friends concert to benefit St. Jude took place June 3 at Nashville's Wildhorse Saloon, capitalizing on crowds visiting for the CMA Music Festival.
This year's installment boasted performances by an impressive lineup including ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan, Dustin Lynch, Randy Houser, newcomer Joel Crouse, John Cowan, Sam Bush, Justin Moore and Darius' country hero Radney Foster.
After singing his hit "True Believers," Darius welcomed the crowd. "It sold out before we even announced the lineup," he informed the audience. "Thank you for supporting St. Jude. We're gonna have some fun."
And Mr. Fun himself, Luke Bryan, hit the stage, noting that he "couldn't say no to Darius." He kept things party friendly with "I Don't Want This Night to End," "Drunk On You" and a cover of "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On."
Later, John Cowan gave one of the evening's standout performances with Led Zeppelin's "Going to California," and his New Grass Revival bandmate Sam Bush gave another with a jam-friendly "Crossroads Blues." Darius explained that New Grass was a big early country influence for him, so the three of them joined up on "Callin' Baton Rouge."
And as is the case with many of his shows, Darius closed out the event with a big ensemble performance of Hank Jr.'s "Family Tradition" at the end, as well as his recent No. 1 hit "Wagon Wheel."