Darius Rucker to join Grand Ole Opry

NASHVILLE, TN (WCSC) - It is safe to say Darius Rocker's conversion to country is complete now that he is joining the Grand Ole Opry.

The Lowcountry native performed Tuesday at the famous venue in Nashville, TN, and he even got a surprise visit from country star Brad Paisley, who invited him into the club.

Rucker rose to fame years ago as the front-man for Hootie & The Blowfish, but he recently began pursuing his lifelong passion for country music in the early-to-mid 2000s.

The 46-year-old is the third African-American performer to hold Opry membership, joining Country Music Hall of Fame members Deford Bailey and Charley Pride.

Rucker will be inducted into the Opry on Oct. 16.

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