Country music is reserved for white folks? Former Hootie & The Blowfish singer Darius Rucker was harassed with a racist tweet after he performed a country song at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
Rucker, a musician who also happens to be black, had the audacity to tackle a classic Bob Dylan song at the famous country music venue in Tennessee. The song, “Wagon Wheel,” was re-popularized a few years ago by the new grass band Old Crow Medicine Show which apparently made it off limits for Rucker.
The singer did receive plenty of compliments for tackling the Dylan tune but he also received a racist tweet.
Twitter user pqkullman wrote: “Daris Rucker leave country to the white folk.”
Of course, that didn’t sit well with Hootie. Rucker responded to the racist tweet writing “Wow… is this 2013 or 1913.”
The singer also added that he was welcomed with open arms by the Grand Old Opry in Nashville saying that they didn’t have any problem giving him a membership to the famous venue.
He added, “Ill take my grand ole Opry membership and leave your racism. Wow.”
Here’s Darius Rucker’s version of “Wagon Wheel.”
Are you surprised that Darius Rucker received a racist tweet after covering the country song?