On the heels of his eighth No. 1 country single, Darius Rucker has responded to fans’ appeals for new music with an announcement on The Today Show Tuesday (July 25th) morning, letting them know they won’t be waiting much longer for a new album from the three-time GRAMMY winning star. When Was The Last Time, the long-awaited fifth studio country album on Capitol Records Nashville, will be released nationwide Friday, October 20th. Fans can pre-order the album and exclusive packages at Rucker’s website.
The Platinum-selling star released the album’s second single, a song he wrote with Derek George and Travis Hill, “For The First Time” to country radio just yesterday, Monday, July 24th. “For The First Time” is the follow-up to his most recent No. 1 single, “If I Told You,” marking eight country No. 1 singles for Rucker since his country music debut in 2008.
Earlier this week, Rucker spoke with Billboard about teaming up with esteemed Nashville producer Ross Copperman (Dierks Bentley, Brett Eldredge, Keith Urban) to bring his vision for the album to life.
“On top of being a genius with the equipment, Ross is so high-energy and funny; that kid is never not laughing.” He adds, “Every time we were in the studio we had a great band who had great ideas of their own, so it was the farthest thing from tedious, but just, let’s get in and do it. I think for the whole record we spent just three days tracking music.”
This fall’s release will be yet another signature moment in the multi-platinum career of one of music’s most beloved figures. Rucker has never been busier while working on his new album with a slate of television appearances this spring and summer including a CMT Crossroads episode with John Mellencamp, an appearance in Adam Sandler’s Netflix original, Sandy Wexler, and his own episode of Celebrity Undercover Boss on CBS.
Rucker, an avid golfer and passionate fan of the game, will host a new monthly show in SiriusXM’s 24/7 golf channel, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio. On Par with Darius Rucker debuts Wednesday, July 26th at 3 pm ET.