Darius Rucker and friends. If we’re to believe the new collaboration between Darius and his pals Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Charles Kelley they’re all going straight to hell for a variety of reasons.
“Straight to Hell” is featured on Darius’ new
When Was the Last Time album, but was originally released by Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ in 1989 on their Mystery Road album.
Darius told Nash Country Daily that he’s always wanted to cut the song, but until he got a push from Charles, he wasn’t sure it’d ever happen, “When it was played in the bar, every single person in the bar was singing and hugging their best friend. I’ve wanted to cut that song since I came to Nashville, and I kept saying I was going to cut it someday.”
“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.” From there, he added Georgia boys Luke and Jason and the rest is about to go down in rowdy country music history. Darius, Charles and Jason also recorded a tribute to Greg Allman this summer.
The premise of the tune is simple, but complicated: a single mother is raising her son with different dating rules and standards.
I grew up just west of the tracks
Holding me to hold me back
Around your door
She’s calling out my name
She said “son won’t you go outside
I’ve got a man coming over tonight
The 7th one in 7 days”
So I go down
To the parking lot
And hang around
All my friends
And roam the street ’till dawn
I come in at five am
And she is waitin’ for me
She said, “where have you been?”
“I was out”
She said, “you’re no good cause
You’re runnin’ without love”
The album is available now and Darius says, “This record is about living. You know you hit 50, and you’re like “I want to do all the stuff I haven’t done yet.” You can see that in this record, in the songs I chose and the songs I wrote. You can see that it’s about positivity and doing those things that make you happy.”
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