Southern Style

Album: Southern Style (2015)
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  • This is the title track of Darius Rucker's fourth country album. The record isn't a party record, per se, but it is an exuberant listen. "We wanted to have a little more fun with this record," Rucker told Radio.com before adding about this Tim James and Rivers Rutherford penned song. "The opening line is 'Big blond hair too much makeup, high heel boots that lace-up, got two first names that came from her grandmas on both sides.' It's one of those country songs that I love."
  • The song features former Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson.
  • Rucker explained why he titled the album after this track. "When I started listening back and realizing the songs we have on there, it just seemed like a lot of the songs were just about that lifestyle, that laid-back 'let's live life and live and let die' as The Beatles said," he said. "And I just thought Southern Style was a great name for the record, because all the songs are kind of pretty in that southern style, so I just thought it was a perfect name for the record."
  • Darius Rucker sees the track as a nod to every woman the world. "That song, every time [I hear it], I see a video in my head, and every woman that's ever meant anything to me just flashes through - from my mom and my aunts to my sisters and cousins and friends from high school," he told The Boot. "That's what that song's all about to me: It's trying to describe a little bit of everybody, a little bit of every woman in the world."
  • The song's co-writer Rivers Rutherford says that his personal inspiration for the song is his wife, Ali, who told him about her first day at the University of Mississippi, known as "Ole Miss."

    "She walked out of her dorm, looked around at all the pretty Ole Miss girls and said to herself, I'm gonna need to get a sense of humor in a hurry!," said Rutherford. "She is a beautiful woman with a beautiful heart and she truly doesn't 'believe in strangers/only sinners with a Savior.'"

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