Darius Rucker on ‘Carolyn’s Boy’: “It’s probably the most personal record I’ve ever written”

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Ask Darius Rucker to pick his most personal album, and he might just choose his latest effort.

Out now, Carolyn’s Boy was very much inspired by Darius’ real-life experiences from the past few years.

“Oh, it’s probably the most personal record I’ve ever written,” he notes. “So many things [have] been going on in the world and in my life in the last six years that I just kept writing songs about what was going on.”

“Once I decided to name it Carolyn’s Boy, the personal songs seemed to rise to the top of the heap,” shares Darius. “So it’s a pretty personal record. But, I love that. I love to tell the truth.”

The “Wagon Wheel” hitmaker also recounts the moment that serendipitously led him to title the album after his beloved mom.

“I was just having a bad day, a bad mental health day. And I sat down at one point I just said to myself that really, at the end of the day, I’m just my mama’s boy,” he recalls. “That was the day [and] that’s when I decided to name it Carolyn’s Boy. That was an epiphany for me and that helped a lot.”

Coming up, you can catch Darius perform “Have a Good Time” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday, October 12, at 11:35 p.m. ET.

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