Special guests Thompson Square, nominated for two CMA Awards for New Artist of the Year and Vocal Duo of the Year, and Justin Moore also will take the Convo stage at the 7:30 p.m. concert. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, and are priced from $29 to $49. Tickets are available at the NIU Convocation Center box office, Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000.
Rucker is riding high with the release of his sophomore country album, “Charleston, SC 1966,” on Capitol Records Nashville.
“Rucker has made a fine-sounding country album, full of singable choruses, bittersweet fiddle and steel, and guitars with bottomless twang,” USA Today raved. Rolling Stone said: “On his Nashville debut, Rucker’s rich baritone, sentimental ballads and bright hooks made him the most successful African-American country singer since Charley Pride. Rucker amps up that formula on album number two.”
The debut in referral is his chart-topping 2008 release, “Learn To Live” – an album that produced three consecutive No. 1 singles with “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” and “Alright,” along with the Top 5 smash, “History In The Making.”
Rucker’s success in the country music format was recently recognized at the 43rd annual CMA Awards, when he received the Top New Artist title and again with an ACM Award nomination in the Top Male Vocalist of the Year category. “Charleston, SC 1966” – a title which pays tribute to one of Rucker’s biggest influences, Radney Foster – includes the current multiple-week No. 1 hit single, “Come Back Song” and his new single, “This.”
For more information, call (815) 752-6800.