Last night at Musikfest, the city of Bethlehem got another double dose of country as Darius Rucker took the Sands Steel Stage with very special guest Cassadee Pope. Rucker, who played a sold-out show at the ‘Fest back in 2013, returned this year and achieved the same feat. This time with Cassadee Pope along for the ride, the two country stars rocked the wagon wheels off South Side Bethlehem.
Cassadee Pope’s performance featured tracks like “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart,” “Champagne,” Everybody Sings,” “Edge of a Thunderstorm,” “This Car,” “Good Times,” and more. Pope also performed her brand new single “I Am Invincible,” which dropped just over 2 weeks ago. She closed out her nearly hour-long set with her Top 10 smash hit “Wasting All These Tears.” With her sophomore effort in the works, Pope is still touring off her successful debut LP Frame by Frame. The disc debuted at #9 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart back in 2013.
Darius Rucker took the stage just after dusk, opening with “Lighter Up” from his latest offering Southern Style. From there, Rucker proceeded to play a strong 22-song set that featured six #1 country hits and more. Highlights included “Good for a Good Time,” “Alright,” “Radio,” “Come Back Song,” and more. The set also featured a fantastic cover of Tim McGraw’s “Back When” and a fun version of Blackstreet’s hip-hop classic “No Diggity.” Rucker didn’t forget his roots, however, adding some twang to classic Hootie and The Blowfish tracks like “Time,” “Let Her Cry,” and “I Only Want To Be With You.” Rucker gave Musikfest it’s only sellout this year, and proved why on stage with a tremendous performance.
Over the past six years, Darius Rucker has released three chart-topping country albums, as well as an acclaimed holiday album featuring Christmas classics and some original songs. His 2013 release, True Believers, featured the No. 1 smash “Wagon Wheel,” which went on to earn Rucker a Grammy Award for “Best Country Solo Performance.” Among his other popular hits are “Come Back Song,” “This,” “Alright,” “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” and “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.”
This past fall, Rucker also released his first Christmas album, Home for the Holidays, featuring the original tunes “Candy Cane Christmas” and “What God Wants For Christmas,” as well as classics such as “Winter Wonderland,” “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” the latter featuring Sheryl Crow. Rucker’s most recent country single is “Homegrown Honey,” the Top 20 hit released last summer.
A native of South Carolina, Rucker first rose to fame as the lead singer for the multi-platinum-selling, GRAMMY-winning Hootie & the Blowfish. The group’s debut, 1994’s Cracked Rear View, sold more than 16 million copies in the U.S. alone and featured the hits “Hold My Hand,” “Let Her Cry” and “Only Wanna Be With You.” Over the past two decades, the band has sold more than 25 million records around the world.