Darius Rucker is hoping his hot streak continues with the release of his new single, “Straight to Hell.” The tune follows back-to-back No. 1 singles, “If I Told You” and “For the First Time,” from his 2017 album, When Was the Last Time.
Darius enlisted the help of a few of his A-list friends—Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley—to provide vocals on “Straight to Hell,” a Drivin’ N Cryin’ cover from the late ’80s.
“‘Straight to Hell’ was huge in my day—when it was played in the bar, every single person in the bar was singing and hugging their best friend,” says Darius to Nash Country Daily. “I’ve wanted to cut that song since I came to Nashville, and I kept saying I was going to cut it someday. For this record, I was thinking about cutting it. Then Charles Kelley called me out of the blue and says, ‘Man, I was just listening to Drivin’ N Cryin’s “Straight to Hell” and I think you should cut it, and you should let me sing on it.’ I took that as the universe telling me it was time to cut the song, and I cut it. Jason [Aldean] and Luke [Bryan] and Charles and I are good buddies, so getting them to come sing on it made it something special.”
For the new video, Darius, Jason, Luke and Charles engage in a little speakeasy debauchery, including drinking, cheating at cards and robbing the till.
Watch the new video below.
photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com