Darius Rucker’s ‘Quintessential’ Christmas Song
Darius Rucker released a Christmas album in 2014, called Home For The Holidays. The holiday album has one song that no other country star has ever covered: “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”
Darius told us recently,”‘ Mr. Grinch’ I think is the quintessential song off that record. I didn’t even know it had eight verses until we started cutting it, you know. But I love that song.”
Rucker loved doing the holiday project. He told us, “I love Christmas records, and I think the folks that think they’re too cool to make Christmas records don’t realize how awesome it is every Christmas because it’s brand new every Christmas. That record is coming out, and people are playing the songs, and you’re driving down the road, and you hear one of your songs on the radio. It’s a Christmas song, and you feel so proud of yourself.”
He added, “Christmas records are the records that keep giving because every year people want to buy it again. I love it. I’m thinking about making another one. It’s so much fun.”
Darius’s new album Carolyn’s Boy features a song with Ed Sheeran. He told us that the song “Sara” is about someone he knew long ago.
Rucker explained, “Ed and I met when he came over with Taylor (Swift) the first time like fourteen years ago, and we talked about writing for a while. We just talked about it, and then finally, one day, I just said, ‘Forget it, I’m just gonna come to England and write with you.'”
Darius continued, “That song for me is so special. It was his idea, and the best part of it is that there’s so many love songs and there’s so many breakup songs, but there is not that many friendship songs. That song I just love. It says I don’t want to be anything but your friend. I want to see my friend I haven’t seen in a long time. And I know she doesn’t know about it (the song) at all. I haven’t talked to her in fifty years or something.”