Just because Darius Rucker is closing in on his fourth consecutive No. 1 country single with 'History in the Making' from the platinum-selling 'Learn to Live' album, don't think he's fully realized his dream of being an accomplished country singer just yet.

"I didn't fulfill that dream. We've started it," he tells The Boot. "We've started what I want to do."

Darius says he'll know when that time has come, but he also acknowledges that he has a lot of work to do before getting there.

"[I'll have fulfilled that dream] when I get a lifetime achievement award from the CMA's or the ACM's," says the singer.

"I want to have that kind of career. I want to make records that people want to listen to. In 10 or 15 years from now, when I don't want to do this anymore, I want that to be important to the world of country music."

In the meantime, Darius has started laying the groundwork for his sophomore country album which he's anxious for his fans to hear.

"I'm very excited with the songs [on this album]," Darius says. "I think this last record ended up being about where I am today. This next record may be a lot more about what it took to get there. We're writing some songs, and I'm going to cut a Radney Foster track for this record. I'm just really excited again."

As for the release date of his yet-to-be-titled album, Darius says it will all happen when it happens.

"We're going to play it by ear," he notes. "When I leave the studio, and when I put it on in my car and can listen to it over and over, then I'm happy."