LADY ANTEBELLUM AND DARIUS RUCKER CLOSE OUT CO-HEADLINING 2018 SUMMER PLAYS ON TOUR
October 8, 2018
Wrapped in Bristol, VA
NASHVILLE, TN – Oct. 8, 2018 – After sharing a long-time friendship and touring history, current CMAnominated act Lady Antebellum and multi-Platinum selling artist Darius Rucker wrapped their co-headlining SUMMER PLAYS ON TOUR this past weekend on the East Coast. Throughout the summer run, “two of Country music’s most upbeat and crowd-pleasing artists” (Tampa Bay Times) brought “the best of both worlds” (Indianapolis Star), while delivering “a jukebox worth of hits” (The Oakland Press). Both acts, along with opener Russell Dickerson, offered unique and spontaneous collaborations with their “action-packed sets” (PEOPLE) each night, with a portion of every ticket sale going to LadyAID and Just Be You art therapy.
“Spending this summer with Darius has made for one of the most memorable tours we have had as a band,” said Dave Haywood. “There were nights the fans were so loud we couldn’t hear each other, and that’s a reaction you just don’t get unless everyone is having a blast. We can’t thank everyone enough for coming out and Russell for getting us started every night.”
“It’s hard to believe this summer is already over,” shares Rucker. “We’ve been one big family on the road this year, and I think that came across on stage every single night. Of all the years we’ve hit the road, this one was special. I want to thank the fans as we had so much fun on stage because they really brought so much energy and excitement every single night. For me, that’s what summer is all about: music, family, friends and sharing something special that we’ll remember forever.”
With “plenty of energy and vigor” (Phoenix News Times) Rucker and Lady A were praised by critics during the tour as “one of the biggest mainstream country pairings of the summer” (Cleveland Plain Dealer).
“If a music show is made of moments, the night had one that fans probably still are talking about.” – St. Louis Dispatch
“A true co-headlining run with both acts playing equal time and popping into each other’s sets randomly throughout.” – OC Register
“The star power was especially strong at the end, when Rucker and Lady A appeared together for a three-song, 20-minute encore.” – Milwaukee Journal Sentintel
Over the course of their whirlwind career, Lady A has more than 18 million album units and nine No. One hits to their name, both ACM and CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” trophies three years in a row and countless other honors including seven GRAMMY awards, Billboard Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards. Additionally, Lady A’s Hillary Scott will be recognized as an honoree and perform at this year’s CMT Artists of the Year airing next week (10/17 at 8:00P ET/PT on CMT). For more information, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.
Rucker first attained multi-Platinum status in the music industry as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of GRAMMY award-winning Hootie & the Blowfish. Since releasing his first country album in 2008, he has celebrated four summits to the top of the Billboard Country albums chart and earned a whole new legion of fans. In 2014, Rucker won his third career GRAMMY award for Best Solo Country Performance for his 4x Platinum selling cover of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel.” Rucker’s latest album on Capitol Records Nashville, When Was The Last Time, features “If I Told You” and “For The First Time,” his eighth and ninth No. 1s on country radio, as well as current single “Straight To Hell,” a re-imagining of the Drivin’ N Cryin’ classic featuring Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum. For more information, visit www.dariusrucker.com.
Darius Image Photo Credit: Todd Owyoung/Chris Owyoung