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Pair of Ironstone shows bring high-profile acts


Courtesy photo The Goo Goo Dolls feature vocalist-guitarist John Rzeznik and bassist Robby Takac.

Darius Rucker brings his “Good for a Good Time Tour” to Ironstone Amphitheatre in Murphys tonight.

The three-time Grammy Award winner will be joined by rising country stars Dan and Shay and Michael Ray.

Rucker is a favorite on the concert circuit. Last year’s “Southern Style Tour” drew more than 400,000 fans to shows across America.

Rucker — who first gained fame as frontman of the mega-successful band Hootie and the Blowfish — has earned several hit songs and albums as a solo country singer.

He recently released a new single, the catchy “If I Told You,” which is the first cut from his fifth major label country album for Capitol Records Nashville.

“I always tell people, the first time I heard (The Black Crowes’) ‘She Talks To Angels,’ those lyrics did something to me. I probably requested that song eight times at different bars in Columbia, South Carolina, before going home, putting on Bonnie Raitt’s ‘Home Plate,’ and trying to write ‘She Talks To Angels’ for Bonnie Raitt. ‘Let Her Cry’ just poured out,” Rucker said in a statement. “For me, ‘If I Told You,’ inspired me like ‘Angels’ as it’s not a song I wrote, but as a songwriter I would not change a line as it moves me to want to not only sing along but also as a songwriter it inspires a new perspective.”

Rucker’s catalog of hits include “Wagon Wheel,” “This,” “Alright” and “Come Back Song.”

“What I love about each album is the opportunity to expand on what we’ve done in the past — to push myself and the band creatively, vocally and lyrically,” Rucker added. “At the end of the day, I’m a fan of great stories and great songs. With ‘Wagon Wheel’ I loved the visual it painted and it’s a song I can truly say I look forward to performing every night. With ‘If I Told You,’ I can’t wait to share in that vulnerability with the fans from the stage night-after-night.”

Rucker has once again partnered with Project Rebuild for his current tour. The campaign assists in rebuilding the lives of wounded veterans by helping place them in mortgage-free homes to help ease the transition back to civilian life.

Opening for Rucker is country duo Dan and Shay, who are enjoying the success of their latest album, “Obsessed,” which contains the hit “From The Ground Up.”

That album is the follow-up to 2014’s “Where It All Began,” which features the No. 1 single, “Nothin’ Like You.”

Meanwhile, fellow opener Michael Ray was the only solo male country music newcomer to hit No. 1 last year, reaching the top spot with “Kiss You in the Morning.”

His self-titled debut album also includes the songs “Drivin’ All Night,” “Run Away With You” and “Real Men Love Jesus.”

Goo Goo Dolls, Collective Soul hit Ironstone stage Friday

Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated band Goo Goo Dolls will play Ironstone Amphitheatre in Murphys on Friday with Collective Soul and Tribe Society opening the show.

Goo Goo Dolls — made up of vocalist-guitarist John Rzeznik and bassist Robby Takac — are touring in support of their new album, “Boxes,” which was released in May by Warner Bros. Records. The 11-track album opens with the rocker “Over and Over.”

The Goo Goo Dolls have sold more than 10 million albums since 1986. They have scored 14 Top 10 radio hits (more than any other artist in the history of the Hot Adult Contemporary format), including “Name,” “Slide,” and “Iris,” the latter spending nearly a year on the Billboard charts and holding the No. 1 position for 17 consecutive weeks.

The band has toured the globe multiple times, performed in front of millions of fans and have received numerous accolades, including four Grammy Award nominations.

The band has released 11 studio albums, including 2013’s “Magnetic,” which debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, propelled by singles “Rebel Beat” and “Come To Me.”

Rzeznik has also been honored with the Songwriters Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award.

Collective Soul was born during the rise of grunge and alternative rock, and broke into mainstream popularity when they rose to international fame in 1993 with the rock anthem “Shine.”

The multi-platinum quintet has been making music for more than two decades since then and has a catalog of hits under their belts.

The band’s music has often been covered by well-known artists. In 2001, Dolly Parton won a Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance with her cover version of “Shine.”

Additionally, Collective Soul was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2009. As the principal songwriter for the group, EdRolandwas individually inducted as a songwriter in 2014.

The band’s latest album, “See What You Started by Continuing,” was released last fall.

The band that helped sonically define alternative rock says they’re more focused and energized than ever. As Roland puts it, fans can continue to expect “lots of guitars and a fun attitude from the southern gentlemen of rock and roll.”

Meanwhile, Tribe Society cite an eclectic mix of influences, from hip-hop and psych-rock to icy electronica and industrial pop. They dropped a mixtape called “Delirium Sonata” last year before releasing their debut EP, “Lucid Dreams,” featuring the hit “Kings.”

• What: Darius Rucker with Dan and Shay and Michael Ray.

• When: Thursday, 7 p.m.

• Where: Ironstone Amphitheatre, 1894 Six Mile Rd., Murphys.

• Tickets: $50 to $230.

Info: ironstoneamphitheatre.net

• What: Goo Goo Dolls with Collective Soul and Tribe Society.

• When: Friday, 7 p.m.

• Where: Ironstone Amphitheatre, 1894 Six Mile Rd., Murphys.

• Tickets: $50 to $215.

Info: ironstoneamphitheatre.net