Darius & The Troublemakers

A few weeks ago, Darius Rucker posted this picture of himself with Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Charles Kelley, and titled it “The Troublemakers.”  Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton asked Darius about the circumstances behind the all-star photo.

Tell me how it started? “I’ve been wanting to record the song ‘Straight To Hell’ for years, because I thought it was a great country song.  In 1989 when it came out, I always thought it was a country song, and said if I ever make a country record, I’ll cut it.  One day, I was sitting around the house and Charles Kelley called me.  He goes, ‘Hey man, you gotta cut Straight To Hell, and you gotta let me sing on it.’  So when I made this album, I told my producer I wanted to do this.  Then I called Luke, and told him we’d like him to sing on it. He goes, ‘I’m in.’  Then I called Jason, and he was a huge fan of the song. When he got on the song, that first chorus, it sounded like the four of us sang together our whole lives.  So I wanted to do a cowboy video for it, a spaghetti western, and the label let me do it. That day shooting the video was by far the most fun I’ve ever had shooting a video. W had so much fun, we were together all day, and we just sat around talking and joking.”

How hard was it to get them dressed up in western wear? “It was easy, they loved the idea.  We all got there at staggered time, and got dressed, they all walked in one by one.  Luke walked in looking like Doc Holliday, Jason looked like an oil baron, and it was a great day.”

Did you think about the comparison to The Highwaymen?  “No, we’d never compare ourselves to legends.  We called ourselves The Troublemakers. If something like that happened, it would be great, because doing it with those guys would be fun.”

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