Darius Rucker: Five Songs That Changed The Way I Heard Music

Country hitmaker and Hootie leader recalls the pivotal songs from his past that shaped his world

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"Old Silver," Radney Foster

I can say for sure that the reason I'm having any success in country is because of Radney Foster. In 1992 he came out with Del Rio, TX 1959 and that record, it was the first time I started saying, "I'm going to make a country record some day." It was all because of that album. "Old Silver" is on there. To me, that's the consummate country song because I'm not even sure if he's singing about a horse or a man.

Every time I sing country music I'm trying to be Radney Foster on "Old Silver," because I thought it was such an amazing performance. When it comes on randomly today, I stop and listen to the whole song. I've heard it hundreds of times. I can't begin to get enough of it since it's one of the greatest country songs I've ever heard. 

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