Darius Rucker’s New Album Features a Collaboration With Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean & Charles Kelley on “Straight to Hell”

Darius Rucker’s New Album Features a Collaboration With Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean & Charles Kelley on “Straight to Hell”

Darius Rucker will drop his fifth country album, When Was the Last Time, on Oct. 20.

The 12-song offering already boasts a No. 1 hit, as lead single, “If I Told You,” reached the top of the Billboard Country Airplay chart in June. The album’s follow-up single, “For the First Time,” is No. 45 on the chart after seven weeks.

In addition to featuring top songwriters such as Dean Dillon, Ross Copperman, Shane McAnally, J.T. Harding and more, When Was the Last Time also throws it back to the late ’80s with a cover of Drivin’ N’ Cryin’s “Straight to Hell.”

Darius enlisted the help of a few of his A-list friends—Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley—to provide vocals on the tune.

“‘Straight to Hell’ was huge in my day—when it was played in the bar, every single person in the bar was singing and hugging their best friend,” says Darius to Nash Country Daily. “I’ve wanted to cut that song since I came to Nashville, and I kept saying I was going to cut it someday. For this record, I was thinking about cutting it. Then Charles Kelley called me out of the blue and says, ‘Man, I was just listening to Drivin’ N’ Cryin’s “Straight to Hell” and I think you should cut it, and you should let me sing on it.’ I took that as the universe telling me it was time to cut the song, and I cut it. Jason [Aldean] and Luke [Bryan] and Charles and I are good buddies, so getting them to come sing on it made it something special.”

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When Was the Last Time Track List and Songwriters

  1. “For the First Time” (Darius Rucker, Derek George, Scooter Carusoe)
  2. “Bring It On” (Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley, Dallas Davidson)
  3. “Life’s Too Short” (Copperman, Jon Nite, Jaren Johnston)
  4. “If I Told You” (Copperman, Shane McAnally, Nite)
  5. “Don’t” (Adam Doleac, A.J. Babcock, Pete Good)
  6. “Twenty Something” (McAnally, Nite, Zach Crowell, Josh Osborne)
  7. “Straight to Hell” with Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Charles Kelley (Kevin Kinney)
  8. “Count the Beers” (Rucker, Dean Dillon, Josh Thompson)
  9. “Another Night With You” (Rucker, Dillon, Josh Thompson)
  10. “Hands On Me” (Copperman, McAnally, J.T. Harding)
  11. “She” (Chris Tompkins, Rodney Clawson)
  12. “Story to Tell” (Copperman, Gorley, Rucker)

Check out “Straight to Hell” by Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ below.

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Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations

Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations

Congrats to Chris Young who is a 3-time CMA Award nominee this year.

His song “Famous Friends”, which he sings with Kane Brown, racked up nominations in the categories of Single, Musical Event, and Video of the Year.

Talking about his nominations, Chris says “I was blown away by the fact that there were three award nominations for the song. I mean, there’s so much that’s gone into it and so many people that have fallen in love with it and supported it and, you know, just having a hit with your friend in the first place is great with a song like “Famous Friends” with my buddy Kane Brown, but then to be nominated for three different CMA Awards, including Single of the Year. It’s just incredible.”

Chris, Kane and all the other nominees will learn if they’re taking home trophies, when the 55th Annual CMA Awards are handed out in Nashville on Wednesday November 10 – broadcasted live on ABC.

Photo Credit: Jeff Johnson