Darius Rucker Squares off with Mother Nature at CMAC

With their second big show of the year in three days, CMAC dodged a huge storm by Mother Nature to let Darius Rucker bring his “Starting Fires” tour into the Finger Lakes region. Darius making a return stop at CMAC after playing here in 2021 made it a night worth remembering. This was the third date of his 20 city “Starting Fires” tour. 


Up and coming act Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors brought their contemporary style of Nashville country to the stage as the opening act as Darius got things going around 9:15. 

Darius Rucker opened the night with “Have a Good Time” followed by a crowd favorite “Beers & Sunshine” and then “Drinking & Dialing.”

Paying tribute to John Mellencamp, Rucker then did his version of “Pink Houses” that was very well received.  For Hootie & the Blowfish fans, Darius also sang some of his old classics, “Hold my Hand”, and “Let Her Cry.”


Since leaving the Grammy Award-winning Hootie and the Blowfish, whose debut album “Cracked Rear View remains in the top 10 albums sold of all time, Darius has become one the top country stars today.  Since releasing his first country LP in 2008 Darius has four # 1 albums on the Billboard Country charts, plus 10 #1 singles. 

For those at CMAC waiting to hear his biggest country hit “ Wagon Wheel” they had to wait till the end of the night as it was the third of three encore songs which came after “Valerie“ and “ Hands on me.”

The “Starting Fires” tour continues with shows July 13th & 14 with shows at Q Casinos Backwater Stage in Dubuque, Iowa and Windy City smokeout respectively. For more info on Darius turn to his website at www.dariusrucker.com 

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