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Hear Darius Rucker’s Impassioned ‘If I Told You’

Soaring, sincere midtempo is first taste of upcoming fifth country album

Darius Rucker unleashes skeletons from his closet in “If I Told You,” placing himself in the limbo of a relationship that’s starting to get serious and asking if his lady can look past his faults.

Set for release to radio on July 5th, “If I Told You” is the first single off Rucker’s upcoming fifth country album, and was written by Music Row hitmakers Ross Copperman, Shane McAnally and Jon Nite. Featuring a delicate piano melody, patient tempo and an off-beat, conversational vocal delivery, the song captures a stage in the search for lasting love that many listeners will find all-too familiar.

The song’s narrator is all-in, it seems, but he’s still not sure if the relationship can survive his past. There’s so much his love interest doesn’t know, so he decides to lay it all out – things like mistakes from long ago, personality quirks and a burning desire to chase his dreams far, far away. The potential roadblocks are many, but they could all evaporate with the answer to one question: “Could you love me anyway?”

“I always tell people, the first time I heard [the Black Crowes’] ‘She Talks to Angels,’ those lyrics did something to me. I probably requested that song eight times at different bars in Columbia, South Carolina before going home, putting on Bonnie Raitt’s Home Plate, and trying to write ‘She Talks to Angels’ for Bonnie Raitt. ‘Let Her Cry’ just poured out,” shares Rucker of the inspiration behind a Hootie and the Blowfish classic. “For me, ‘If I Told You,’ inspired me like ‘Angels’ as it’s not a song I wrote, but as a songwriter I would not change a line as it moves me to want to not only sing along but also as a songwriter it inspires a new perspective.”

Rucker’s Good for a Good Time Tour with Dan + Shay and Michael Ray resumes on July 7th in Englewood, Colorado, and continues through September 11th in Alpharetta, Georgia.

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