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Play Madden NFL '09 with Darius Rucker

December 11, 2008

Play Madden NFL '09 with Darius Rucker

Microsoft has announced their latest Game with Fame session on Xbox LIVE. On Tuesday December 16, gamers will have the opportunity to play Madden NFL 09 against recording artist Darius Rucker. Login between 2 PM and 4PM (ET) and look for the Gamertag Darius GWF for your opportunity to play against Rucker in Madden NFL 09.

Some fans may initially think of Darius Rucker as the front man for the phenomenally popular group Hootie & the Blowfish, but you're going to have to start thinking of him as a bona fide country music star. Rucker's first country album, Learn to Live on Capitol Records Nashville, is pure country all the way, and the hit single "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," rocketed to the top of the country charts earlier this year.

"This CD is a journey," Rucker says. "I realized I'm 42. I'm not going to write many songs about drinking, chasing girls or booty calls. I was going to write songs about having kids and stuff, songs about life. So many people in pop try to write all these psychedelic crazy lyrics, and I'm sure I've been part of that, but that's something you don't find in country music. The thing I like most about country songs is that they keep it simple. I love that, and I love the melodies."

Rucker worked with some of the best songwriters in the business for this album, including Rivers Rutherford, Frank Rogers, and Clay Mills, who co-wrote Rucker's huge hit "Don't Think I Don't Think About It." And country stars Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, and Alison Krauss all make appearances on the release. Country music has rolled out the welcome mat for Rucker. "The reception has been unbelievable," he says. "People listen to country music because they know it's where you can find songs." Darius Rucker is committed to making great country music. And that's exactly what you'll find on Darius Rucker's Learn to Live, great, meaningful songs. Be sure to look out for Darius Rucker videos on Xbox LIVE Marketplace!

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