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Darius Rucker at Houston Rodeo
Throughout the set, Darius Rucker was chock full of between song banter that showed everyone that he’s the guy in this year’s lineup that it would be most fun to grab a beer with. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Darius Rucker at Houston Rodeo
Friday evening’s set at RodeoHouston was a grab bag of both ends of Rucker's career and then some.  © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Darius Rucker at Houston Rodeo
"It doesn't matter what genre of music you're talking about, a great song is a great song,” Rucker proclaimed after a joyous crowd helped him sing every word of “Only Wanna Be With You." © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Darius Rucker at Houston Rodeo
Rucker went on to play a set heavy on singles from his country career, like the fantastic Old Crow Medicine Show cover “Wagon Wheel” and the honky tonk ready “Good For A Good Time."  Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Darius Rucker at Houston Rodeo
Hootie songs like “Time,” “Let Her Cry,” “Hold My Hand, ” and of course “Only Wanna Be With You” easily garnered the loudest audience responses of the night. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group