Darius Rucker’s return visit to NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday night was full of surprises. The country star not only teased his upcoming Southern Style Tour, he also took the opportunity to reveal that his fourth solo studio album, which shares its name with the tour, will be released March 31st.
The arena-headlining Southern Style Tour, which is set to launch May 14th in Holmdel, New Jersey, will include an initial 30 stops and features CMA New Artist of the Year Brett Eldredge, as well as hot new country duo Brothers Osborne and Southern rockers A Thousand Horses. Tickets for the three-time Grammy-winner’s upcoming tour go on sale in select cities beginning the week of January 26th as part of Live Nation’s Country Megaticket. See a list of cities on the first leg of the trek below.
The first single from Southern Style, the equally alliterative “Homegrown Honey,” was released last August. Co-written by Rucker with Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and songwriter-producer Nathan Chapman, the tune reached Number 13 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.
“It’s a little different for me,” Rucker tells Rolling Stone Country of the track. “It’s not one of those family songs — it’s really a country party song. It’s talking about some country girl who lives in New York City. It’s got hooks galore.”
The new album teams the singer-songwriter once again with producer Frank Rogers, who has been at the helm of all three of his previous studio albums as a country artist. “Frank does great Darius records,” Rucker raves. “I can’t go in to record with the attitude that I want to sound different. It’s all about the songs for me. I want great songs. And if we have great songs, then Frank is the genius and does what he does.”
Darius Rucker’s Southern Style Tour — Initial list of cities:
Holmdel, New Jersey
Alpharetta, Georgia +
West Palm Beach, Florida
Toronto, Canada +
Gilford, New Hampshire *+
Mansfield, Massachusetts +
Wantaugh, New York
Salt Lake City
Mountain View, California
Irvine, California +
Chula Vista, California +
Darien Lake, New York
Columbia, Maryland +
Raleigh, North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina
Virginia Beach, Virginia
*A Thousand Horses will not be performing on this date
+ Dates not included on Megaticket