It is clear Charleston, SC will always hold a special place in Darius Rucker’s heart.
Nowhere was that more evident than his touching tribute to the victims of the Emanual AME shooting during a show in his hometown Saturday night.
The country artist and Hootie & The Blowfish frontman returned to Charleston this past weekend for the annual Hootie’s Homegrown concert. The two-night show at Family Circle Cup Stadium on Daniel Island not only serves as a reunion for the popular 90s band, but also raises money and school supplies for schools throughout Charleston.
On most nights the show bounces back and forth between Hootie classics and Rucker’s hit singles, but Saturday night brought something special that no one in the audience will ever forget.
On June 17, 2015, nine people were shot and killed inside Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston. The mass shooting has been labeled a hate crime by law enforcement.
Rucker honored the victims of that tragedy during Saturday’s show with the singing of “Amazing Grace.”
After belting out a couple verses, Rucker stepped away from the mic as the audience at the sold-out stadium took over.
The video above was sent to The Southern Weekend by someone at the show, and it has us covered in goosebumps!
If Darius Rucker wasn’t Charleston’s favorite son before, Saturday night had to put him over the top.
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