Back To Then CD (2002)

Artist: Daruis Rucker

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While recording his first solo album, it would have been easy for Darius Rucker, lead singer of '90s pop/rock phenomenon Hootie & the Blowfish, to simply draw from his musical background. It turns out he did. The soul and pop-powered Back To Then, his debut, is "the record I thought I was going to make before I joined Hootie," says Rucker. "With this album, I'm just going back to where I came from." Two years in the making, the aptly titled Back To Then takes its cues from Rucker's Charleston, South Carolina childhood-one peppered with living room sing-alongs to R&B music by such Rucker "heroes" as Gladys Knight, Otis Redding, and Al Green. Recalls Rucker; "It was always my dream to be a singer. I'd sit and listen to their songs and cry. Great voices always do that to me." Later inspirations include the late Notorious B.I.G., whose rap artistry "was a life-changing event" for Rucker. "After that I just wanted to devour all the good R&B and rap that I could. Then when Hootie & the Blowfish decided to chill for a while after spending the last 10 years on the road, I decided I'd finally make my R&B record."


Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
SKU 60564057
UPC 696998649224
UPC 14 00696998649224
Format CD
Release Date 7/30/2002
Author Daruis Rucker
Technical Info
Engineer Ivan Dup?e; Jacob Robinson; David "D-Lo" Lopez; Jeeve; Chris Conway; Keith Pelzer; Serban Ghenea; Vidal Davis; Josh Wilbur; Brian Garten
CatalogID 86492
Lable Name Hidden Beach
Released 07/31/2009
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 60m : 48s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00696998649224
Musical Guests
Jill Scott
Andy Snitzer
Snoop Dogg
Lil' Mo
Musiq Soulchild
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Darius Rucker, Jill Scott, Snoop Dogg, Daniel Johnson (vocals); Eric Sayles, Jay Williams (acoustic guitar); Rick Williams (guitar, bass); Keith Henderson (guitar); Olga Konopelsky, Emma Kummrow, Paul Riezer (violin); Davis Barnett (viola); Andy Snitzer (saxophone); Mike Davis (trombone); Jim Hynes (trumpet); Ivan Dupee (Fender Rhodes piano, clavinet, organ, synthesizer, bass, programming); Keith Pelzer (Fender Rhodes piano); Terry Tribet, Ethan Farmer (bass); Vidal Davis (drums); Vivian Green, Eric Roberson, Kipper Jones, Lil Mo, Greg Tepperman, Musiq (background vocals).
Producers include: Vidal Davis, Andre "Dirty" Harris, Travis House, Jeeve, Jazz Nixon.
Includes liner notes by Steve McKeever.
Personnel: Darius Rucker (vocals, background vocals); Jill Scott, Snoop Dogg (vocals); Jay Williams, Keith Henderson, Rick Williams (guitar); Erik Sayles (acoustic guitar); Emma Kummrow (violin); Davis A. Barnett (viola); Larry Gold (cello); Andy Snitzer (alto saxophone); Jeff Kievit, Jim Hynes (trumpet); Ivan Dup?e (Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, organ, synthesizer, programming, drum programming); Keith Pelzer (Fender Rhodes piano); Byron Williams (organ); Vidal Davis (drums); Edward "DJ Eddie F" Ferrell, Gus Rickette, Darrin Lightly (drum programming); Darrell "Delite" Allamby, Eric Roberson, Daniel Johnson , Gwenita Jackson, Jimmy Cozier, Kipper Jones, Lil' Mo, Antoinette Roberson, Ryan Toby, Vivian Green, Woody Harrelson (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Ivan Dup?e; Dave Way; Jacob Robinson; Jeeve; Rob Chiarelli.
Liner Note Author: Steve McKeever.
Recording information: A Touch Of Jazz Studios, Philadelphia, PA; Chung King Studios, NY; Dp Studios, Chicago, IL; Ghetto Pop Studios; Pacifique, West Hollywood, CA; Quad Studios, Nashville, TN; Sony Studios, New York, NY; Soundtrack Studios, NY; Where's My Cut Studio, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Stephan Danelian .
Unknown Contributor Role: Shawn Hibbler.
Arrangers: Edward "DJ Eddie F" Ferrell; Darrin Lightly.
Unlike the rustic roots-rock fodder Darius Rucker has become known for as frontman for Hootie & The Blowfish, his debut BACK TO THEN has its roots in the R&B he was exposed to by his mom as a kid growing up in South Carolina. To that end, Rucker signed on to neo-soul diva Jill Scott's Hidden Beach imprint and delivers 13 soulful cuts that include "Sometimes I Wonder," a breathy duet with Scott (who the genial singer describes as his Tammi Terrell).
In keeping with the album's overall theme, Rucker includes a cover of Al Green's "I'm Glad You're Mine" dedicated to his late mother Carolyn and packed with the perfect combination of snappy rhythms, laid-back horn arrangements and subtle phrasing that would do Willie Mitchell and Reverend Green proud. Other songs of note include the hand-in-glove Snoop Dogg duet "Sleeping In My Bed," the mellow, horn-driven "Wild One," and a raw, goosebump-inducing a cappella reading of "Amazing Grace" that segues into the lush gospel crossover workout "Somewhere." Hootie fans will be interested to check out Rucker's testifying throughout "Ten Years," the final say on a failed relationship first chronicled on the 1995 hit "Let Her Cry."
Disc 1
1 Wild One
2 Exodus
3 Sometimes I Wonder - (featuring Jill Scott)
4 Back To Then
5 This Is My World
6 I'm Glad You're Mine
7 Butterfly
8 Hold On
9 Ten Years
10 One More Night
11 Amazing Grace - (interlude)
12 Somewhere
13 Sleeping In My Bed - (featuring Snoop Dogg)

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