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Grammy winner Darius Rucker hopes fans don't miss out on "Miss You"

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Darius Rucker has had a good run with his third country album, "True Believers" -- a No. 1 debut on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and chart-topping hit the Bob Dylan/Old Crow Medicine Show team-up "Wagon Wheel," which also won a Grammy Award for Best Country Solo Performance this year.

Rucker calls the latter "a game-changer. When you win a Grammy...that's two steps up (forward) in whatever genre of music you're in." And he hopes to keep the ride going with the set's fourth single, "Miss You."

"I thought nobody had really written a song like that," says Rucker, 47, who penned "Miss You" with "True Believers" producer Frank Rogers. "Most songs that are like 'Miss You' or something like that are break-up songs -- 'I hate you' or 'I love you, please come home.' But this song is about two people who are still together but wasn't doing things other couples do.

"I love the payoff of how that song is really saying 'We can't live that way. If we're not gonna be together, let's be in love.' I think everybody that's been in a relationship for a long time has been at that point, when you're together but just living life -- in a rut, as the song says."

"True Believers" success is keeping Rucker on the road as a headliner, but his attention will also be turning later this year to his rock band, Hootie & the Blowfish, which will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of its breakthrough debut album "Cracked Rear View." The set has sold more than 10 million copies and hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 five different times, while the group won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

And although the Hootie crew is largely dormant this year, Rucker is expecting to commemorate the anniversary in some way.

"Yeah there's talk about it," Rucker acknowledges. "There's a lot of ideas being thrown around by people -- when I hear the one that I'm enamored about, I'm sure we'll do it. Maybe it'll be a quick run or something, just 'cause it's 20 years, and maybe play the whole record front to back and some other songs after that. That may be the way to do it -- not too much, but we won't ignore it, either."

Darius Rucker, the Eli Young Band and David Nail perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 at the Eastern Michigan Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt Road, Ypsilanti. Tickets are $25-$59.50. Call 734-487-2282 or visit www.emutix.com.

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