BOONE — Appalachian State University’s An Appalachian Summer Festival, in partnership with App State Athletics, announces three-time Grammy Award-winning singer Darius Rucker as the festival headliner. Rucker will perform an outdoor concert at Kidd Brewer Stadium on Saturday, July 29, 2023. Tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 20, and can be purchased in person at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts box office, online at appsummer.org, or by phone at (828) 262-4046.

Rucker first achieved multi-Platinum status in the music industry as lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the Grammy Award-winning band Hootie & the Blowfish, who have sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, including their Diamond-certified debut, “Cracked Rear View,” which remains among the Top 10 best-selling studio albums of all time. Since releasing his first country album in 2008, Rucker has earned a whole new legion of fans with four No. 1 albums on the Billboard Country chart, including RIAA Platinum-certified “Learn to Live” and “True Believers,” plus 10 No. 1 singles at country radio, and 11 Gold, Platinum or multi-Platinum certified hits. Rucker was inducted as a Grand Ole Opry member in 2012, and in 2014 he won his third career Grammy for Best Solo Country Performance with his nine-time Platinum version of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel,” one of the top five best-selling country songs of all time. He co-hosted the 54th annual CMA Awards in 2020 and topped the charts at country radio once again with “Beers and Sunshine” in 2021. Follow-up single “My Masterpiece” is available everywhere now as Rucker puts the finishing touches on a forthcoming album.

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