Beers and Sunshine


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Kristin Smith

Album Review

Are you ready to tune out the chaos of 2020? Hootie and the Blowfish’s former lead singer, Darius Rucker, certainly is.

Rucker’s first single since 2018, “Beers and Sunshine,” is a country-pop tune that asserts the best way to move forward for this year is to shut off the TV, go outside and enjoy living in the moment with those you love.

Nothing on the Agenda

Darius has no plans except to unwind: “Well, I ain’t gotta work today/Just wanna sit around and play/Gonna hit balls off the dock/Kick back in my flip-flops.”

And what’s the best way to chill-out? Well, first, intentionally blocking out the noise of the media (“Turn on the good times, turn off the TV/Yeah, the only B.S. I need is beer and sunshine”).

Then, relaxing (“Beers and sunshine/Bonfires and summertime/Back porch nights in South Carolina”) with close friends and family (“I’m gonna call my girl and say/Let’s get our friends and hit the lake/Grab a boat and get to floatin’”).

As for the substances Rucker plans on consuming, it seems they include both the aforementioned beer and perhaps smoking some marijuana, too. He plans on getting “a little buzzed and a little toasted.”

What Really Matters

In a press release, Rucker said that what he’s trying to do in his latest track is to turn down all the negativity in the news and focus on what matters most in life:

“It’s certainly been a hard year so far with a lot of heaviness around us constantly. … Like it says in the song, I don’t know how we fix any of these big, real issues that we’re facing, but while we work through this time, I think it’s important that we find the silver lining where we can really enjoy the little moments and the simple joys of time spent together with friends and family.”

I think we can all agree with Rucker’s core sentiments here as they relate to investing in our closest relationships. As for the song’s references to beer, weed and an abbreviated profanity, well, those moments aren’t quite as sunny.   

Kristin Smith

Kristin Smith joined the Plugged In team in 2017. Formerly a Spanish and English teacher, Kristin loves reading literature and eating authentic Mexican tacos. She and her husband, Eddy, love raising their children Judah and Selah. Kristin also has a deep affection for coffee, music, her dog (Cali) and cat (Aslan).

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