Darius Rucker's working on new album 'Charleston, SC 1966' (update x2: album hits shelves today)

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Update October 12:

The Post and Courier has a song by song critique of the new album; read it here.

Update October 12:

Today is the official release date for Darius Rucker's second country music album, Charleston, SC 1966.

Offering up 13 tracks of pop-country, Rucker, the 2009 CMA New Artist of the Year, is back and giving the fans exactly what they want.

Reviews will start to pour in today, but you can see what listeners are saying on the comments section of Amazon.com's page.

Update July 28, late afternoon: Live 5 News captured some raw video of Rucker singing; watch it here.

Update July 28: Darius Rucker has been spotted in downtown Charleston recording for his new album off Gillon Street.

The Charleston City Paper has a nice roundup of reports coming via The Post and Courier contributors; read it here.

How's that for some meta reporting?

First reporting July 19: Hootie and the Blowfish frontman turned country star, Darius Rucker, has a new country album coming out on October 12th and it's title pays homage to his hometown, Charleston, South Carolina.

The title of the new album, "Charleston, SC 1966" is a reference to his hometown, the year of his birth and a tribute to Radney Foster's first solo album, "Del Rio, TX 1959." Rucker credits Foster's music as his inspiration for crossing over into the country music scene.

Of the 77 tracks Rucker recorded for the new album, 12 have made the final cut. Word is that "Charleston, SC 1966" is have a similar sound to his country breakthrough album "Learn to Live" which has sold 1.4 million copies to date.

Read the entire wire release here.