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CMA Country Christmas: Darius Rucker – Interview

Darius Rucker in the press conference room at CMA Country Christmas, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN, on November 7th, 2015. Credit: Amy Westney Photography, taken for FTCR

Darius Rucker in the press conference room at CMA Country Christmas, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN, on November 7th, 2015. Credit: Amy Westney Photography, taken for FTCR

Darius Rucker was one of the artists who graced the Bridgestone Arena stage for this year’s recording of CMA Country Christmas on November 7. The festive show will be broadcast on December 3 at 9/8c on ABC, hosted by Jennifer Nettles. Check out some of the things Darius had to say in the press conference room!

Probably my favorite Christmas memory was when I was like 10 or 11 and I really wanted a guitar, and didn’t think we could afford it, didn’t think I was gonna get it. And come Christmas morning I had a guitar underneath the tree. That was a big moment for me.

Thanksgiving Day is my favorite sports day of the year. It’s crazy how much football you get to watch! I’m a homebody, I don’t really go a lot of places, I don’t really go to a lot of games, [but] I like to watch them on TV.

David [Nail] is a good friend of mine. We have talked about kids a little bit, I’m excited for him. He’s such a good guy. We’re having a great time – it’s been a great [Southern Style] tour. Having Brett [Eldredge] out most of the year… we had a blast, did some good numbers. It’s hard for me to quit touring because I love touring so much. We’ll start back up again next year.

I’m a big food guy, as you can tell by looking at me! My favorite [holiday meal] is my sister’s sweet potato pie. I don’t get it very often.

Tonight we’re doing ‘Winter Wonderland’ and ‘What God Wants For Christmas.’ On these shows you wanna do one of the old standards, like ‘Winter Wonderland’ is such a rockin’ song – and ‘What God Wants For Christmas,’ I just love that song so much. I’m proud of being part of writing that song and proud of the whole thing. Last year it was funny cause I really wanted to do the Christmas show and I think I was going to Europe or something. I’m just really excited that I’m getting to do that song this year.

We’re already planning on coming to the UK and doing at least a week if not two weeks. I’ll definitely be there next year. I love coming over there man.

[My favorite Christmas album] is probably that Motown Christmas album. I heard that so many times when I was a kid, I just love that record. The takes on all those classic Christmas songs by those Motown producers. Definitely my favorite Christmas album.

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