Music Inspired by Charleston – A Celebration of Home

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There have been some amazing videos and songs inspired by Charleston, SC.? We are a visually stimulating city where natural beauty follows us in every direction.? We want to shift away from the elegance of photography and give you some video stimulus.? Enjoy these selections of songs and videos inspired by our fair city of Charleston.


This is Charleston – College of Charleston Sports

Charleston, SC Song by Sarah Worel

Charleston – Holy City by Edwin McCain

South Carolina Lowcountry by Josh Turner

Come Back Song by Darius Rucker

Southern Style by Darius Rucker

Reasons to Come to Charleston – Elise Testone

South Carolina State Song: South Carolina On My Mind

Tribute to Tony The Peanut Man

A Prayer for Charleston: Steven Curtis Chapman

The Battery Fight Song

I think these videos will get you in the mood to get out and experience Charleston.? Each day here in the Lowcountry is a change to experience a new adventure and fall in love one more time.

GRAMMY Award-Winning Entertainer Darius Rucker to Host New Golf Show on SiriusXM

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NEW YORK, July 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Three-time Grammy Award-winning musician Darius Rucker, an avid golfer and passionate fan of the game, will host a new monthly show on SiriusXM’s 24/7 golf channel, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio. ?On Par with Darius Rucker will debut July 26 (3:00-4:00 pm ET) and will feature Rucker’s perspective on the game as a devoted player (he is a single-digit handicap) and fan.

Rucker is friendly with many active players on both the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions, and he is a partner at MGC Sports, a sports agency that currently represents golfers and other athletes.? He will invite the game’s stars as well as other celebrities with a passion for golf on the show for conversations that will span the worlds of golf and entertainment.

“They say that rock stars want to be pro athletes, and pro athletes want to be rock stars, and there is definitely some truth to that,” said Rucker.? “It’s no secret that music and golf are two passions of mine.? I’ve been lucky enough to play with and get to know well some of the best golfers on tour.? While we’re on the course, I’m looking for swing tips and all they want to do is talk music. SiriusXM is the perfect place to blend both of those worlds into one show, and I am really excited to get started.”

“Darius is a very talented and versatile entertainer.? He is also a fun-loving and engaging guy who is absolutely infatuated with the game of golf, which is something so many of us can relate to,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer.? “SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio is an excellent forum for him to share that passion for golf and we are very excited to work with him on what will be a very unique and entertaining show.”

Darius Rucker first attained multi-platinum status as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Hootie & the Blowfish.?? Since re-introducing himself to the world as a solo country artist, his musical life has had a remarkable second act that has featured many chart-topping hits. Rucker’s as-yet-untitled fifth Capitol Records Nashville album will be released later this year

Rucker’s passion for golf has been conspicuous since the game played a prominent role in the 1995 music video for “Only Wanna Be With You,” one of the earliest hits for Hootie & the Blowfish.? He plays nearly every day when he is touring and was a VIP guest of Team USA at the 2016 Ryder Cup.

Rucker is also actively involved with several golf events.? These include the “Darius Rucker Intercollegiate,” the annual women’s college golf tournament held in Hilton Head; the Annual Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters celebrity pro-am tournament; the “Darius and Friends” concert and golf tournament that raised over $1 million for St. Jude Children’s Hospital in the eight years since its inception; as well as the ACM Lifting Lives? Golf Classic charity tournament.

For more on Darius visit his website,, and follow him on Twitter @DariusRucker.

The SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio channel is available to listeners nationwide on satellite radios (Sirius channel 208, XM channel 92) and on the SiriusXM app.? Go to for more info.


Rucker?first attained multi-Platinum status in the music industry as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of GRAMMY award-winning?Hootie?& the Blowfish. Since re-introducing himself to the world as a country artist, he has released four consecutive albums to top the?Billboard Country albums chart and earned a whole new legion of fans. In 2014,?Rucker?won his third career GRAMMY award for Best Solo Country Performance for his 4x Platinum selling cover of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel,” off his album,?True Believers.?Rucker’s first two country albums,?Learn To Live?and?Charleston, SC 1966?produced five No. 1 singles including “Come Back Song,” “This,” “Alright,” “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” and “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.”?Southern Style, his fourth studio country album, features his?seventh?No. 1 single “Homegrown Honey,” co-written by?Rucker, label mate Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum and Nathan Chapman.?Rucker’s last single, “If I Told You,” is?his eighth No. 1?on country radio?and the first cut from his?forthcoming fifth album for Capitol Nashville. His second single from the upcoming project, “For The First Time,” goes to country radio on July 24.

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Kiss Guitarist Tommy Thayer and Darius Rucker Release New Ernest Hummingbird Storybook App During Visit to Children’s Hospital

The KISS guitarist and country music star also announce a donation of the app to 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across North America, to help in the care of kids.

Charleston, South Carolina (PRWEB) November 15, 2016

KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer and country music star Darius Rucker on Monday announced the release of the Ernest Hummingbird storybook app and underscored their support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by donating the app to its 170 children’s hospitals.

“Ernest Hummingbird is a heartwarming children’s story of hope and inspiration,” Thayer said. “Our wish is that all children will enjoy the storybook and have fun singing-along with Ernest.”

At Medical University of South Carolina’s (MUSC) Children’s Hospital on Monday, Thayer and Rucker, who helped bring to life Ernest’s stories on the app, announced the donation of the app to the 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across North America, making it available to the more than 10 million kids treated at member hospitals across North America each year. The storybook app is now available for purchase in the iTunes store for $2.99.

Thayer and Rucker’s ongoing dedication to philanthropy and supporting children’s hospitals’ healthcare initiatives continues to be a priority for both of them. While at MUSC Children’s Hospital, they visited with patients and performed a song from the storybook app. Thayer and Rucker, along with app creator Mechem Media, also donated a select number of iPads to the hospital’s Child Life Department so that patients and future patients can enjoy and benefit from Ernest Hummingbird’s adventures.

“These amazing stories provide another resource for caregivers, such as Child Life specialists, to connect with kids. Such stories of hope and inspiration are helpful in the care of kids who are facing challenging diseases and injuries or complicated surgeries,” said Amanda Mahaffey, director of Children’s Miracle Network at MUSC Children’s Hospital. “It’s charitable support from friends like Tommy and Darius that help us provide services, such as Child Life programs, that are not covered by insurance or government programs.”

Thayer, who recently raised funds through a Charity Buzz campaign for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, is the lead guitarist of the legendary rock band KISS. Regarded as one of the most influential rock and roll bands of all-time, KISS’s career milestones are staggering including sales of over 100 million albums worldwide. In 2014, Thayer partnered with Mechem Media creating new intellectual properties for TV, film, new media and mobile. For more information visit

Rucker, who has a longtime partnership with MUSC Children’s Hospital, attained multi-platinum status in the music industry with Grammy award-winning group Hootie & the Blowfish. Since re-introducing himself to the world as a country artist, he has released four consecutive albums to top the Billboard Country albums chart and earned a whole new legion of fans. In 2014, Rucker won his third career Grammy for Best Solo Country Performance for his triple platinum selling cover of “Wagon Wheel.” Rucker is currently headlining his Good for a Good Time Tour. For more information and tour dates visit

MUSC Children’s Hospital is the largest and most comprehensive pediatric health care facility in South Carolina and one of 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across North America. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises vital funds and awareness for these hospitals, helping them to provide care for kids that are not covered by government or insurance programs.

Follow the app release on social at #ErnestForKids.

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals? raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are at and

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What if Charleston Wasn’t the #1 City?

By Mark A. Leon
By Mark A. Leon

Let us close our eyes for a moment.? Suspend our understanding of reality and imagine we are transported into another parallel universe.? The date, time and location are the same, but the city of Charleston, as we know it, no longer exists in its present state.? We were not voted the Top City in the United States or one of the top in the world.? We didn’t even make the list.

What would Charleston look like if we weren’t number one? Here is the new Charleston (Insert creepy science fiction music)

  • Due to the lost revenue we are not getting from tourism, toll booths are added to the Cooper River Bridge causing massive back ups in and out of the city (Even worse than they are now).
  • Ghost tours are down forcing all the local area ghosts to move to Boca Raton, Florida and reminding the residents there that they will be neighbors from beyond soon.? They also provide training classes for those that choose an eternal career of ghouling.
  • Ohio is now the official sister state of South Carolina with New Jersey serving as the runner up in the event that Ohio is blown away by a nuclear missile or zombie infiltration.
  • Carnival Cruises have cancelled all port stops in Charleston.? Now only pirate and Viking ships dock
    Toll booths on the Cooper River Bridge

    in our harbor.

  • Joe Riley Stadium is officially changed to Caddyshack Field.? We need all the help we can to bring in more tourists.
  • Darius Rucker in a stunning announcement on Access Hollywood announces he was really born in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • The Cooper River Run is replaced with a 10K Mud Challenge where the span of the bridge and King Street are transplanted into a sloppy muddy mess.
  • The Annual Wine and Food Festival is sponsored by McDonalds, Wendy’s and Arby’s
  • A giant 120 MPH roller coaster is built on top of the Francis Marion Hotel to bring in quirky shock value tourists and the Gaillard Auditorium is now an indoor water park called Dolphin Land.
  • Boone Hall Plantation, in an attempt to stir up a little controversy, does their annual Civil War re-enactment where the South wins the Civil War.
  • Nicholas Sparks is commissioned to write, direct and film The Notebook 2 in Charleston, SC.? In this version a cure of Alzheimer Disease is found and more stories are shared.

    Watch our Charlie, the groundhog is lurking.
  • Charleston, West Ashley, Daniel Island and parts of James Island are merged to form Charlestonia
  • A peninsula encompassing retractable dome is built from Spring Street to the Battery to solve the city flooding issues.
  • Folly Beach becomes the new official spot for the Annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest and Joey Chestnut relocates to Charleston.
  • Charleston gets its first professional team.? A new NBA franchise moves in called the Charleston Oysters
The ghosts have all gone away
The ghosts have all gone away

Welcome to the new Charleston.? Help us Conde Nast!

Annual Cooper River Bridge 10K Mud Challenge
Annual Cooper River Bridge 10K Mud Challenge


Darius born in Atlanta...
Darius born in Atlanta…


Hot Dog Eating Contest at Folly Beach
Hot Dog Eating Contest at Folly Beach

Top Ten Reasons Darius Rucker is Awesome

By Mark A. Leon
By Mark A. Leon

Tonight is a big night in Charleston with the free Darius Rucker show at the Windjammer.? It took only fifteen short minutes for the lucky fans latch on their wristband and be part of this live recorded concert event.? We wanted to say thank you for this kind gesture from one of our own sons by giving you our top ten reasons why Darius Rucker is Awesome!!!

Why we love Darius Rucker:

  • He does his own grocery shopping – That is a true down to Earth Southern gentleman and hard working man.
  • The Dolphins finally stopped making him cry after the miserable 1 – 15 season.
  • He successfully took a great pop career with the Blowfish and crossed over to become an incredibly successful country artist.
  • His devotion to charity and causes is a symbol of his incredible generosity (Watch this video and I dare you not to cry).

  • He managed to make it mandatory for every local live performer to include a version of Wagon Wheel in their set list.
  • He is claustrophobic.? Yes, the man that plays in front of thousands nightly has claustrophia.
  • He does some of the most amazing duets in the world

  • In 2009, Darius become the first African American artist to win the CMA Best New Artist Award
  • Darius Rucker has three wonderful children that find most of what his does uncool, but one of their favorite things is when he drops them off at school on his tour bus.? If he is heading out on a road tour, he will plan the departure during the time he drops off his children and they love it.
  • He reads comic books, wants to meet Denzel Washington and Paul McCartney and owns and wears Kiss pajamas.

A BIG #11

  • He does free concerts for his family and friends in Charleston.

There are so many more and for these and other reasons we will keep singing Hold My Hand, Time and Come Back Home