ROYAL OAK (WYCD) Fresh off a big Grammy win, Darius Rucker blew into the Motor City to host and headline 99.5 WYCD’s own Ten Man Jam.
“I love Detroit,” said South Carolina native Rucker, quickly adding he’s not such a fan of the subzero weather. “It’s crazy up here, it’s cold.”
Talking to WYCD’s Linda Lee, Rucker discussed reality singing show “The Voice,” saying he would want Shakira to judge his daughter were she ever to appear on a show like that.
Speaking of kids, how do his offspring feel about his ongoing country music fame? “They love country music, they listen to country radio all the time,” he said, adding that at home he’s just dad, doing chores like everyone else.
“I pick them up from school, do all the things dads do,” Rucker said.
He also reads comic books every chance he gets, describing himself as a “big dork” who loves the character “Wolverine.”
Career-wise, Rucker is only the third African-American artist to win the Grammy for Best Country Solo performance, honoring his take on the song “Wagon Wheel.”
He became a solo country musician in 2008 after racking up five albums with his band Hootie and the Blowfish.
Sadly for Detroiters, he’s well-known as a Miami Dolphins fan, telling radio.com his most prized possession is a framed Dan Merino jersey that he got fresh off the athlete’s back.
Lee said she was surprised to learn the famous phrase “Dolphins make me cry” from Rucker’s Hootie and the Blowfish days is actually about the sports team.
So, what makes him cry in real life?
Winning a Grammy made him tear up, he said, adding, “It was a great moment.”
— Christy Strawser, CBS Detroit