Darius Rucker recently sat down for an hour-long, in-depth interview with veteran journalist Dan Rather, and readers of The Boot are getting an exclusive early look at the conversation.

The Grammy-winning singer spoke to Rather as part of the newsman's new AXS TV show, 'The Big Interview,' which features wide-ranging interviews with celebrities from across the entertainment field. The episode is set to air on Monday (April 21).

Their candid discussion includes Rucker's thoughts on his critical success and popularity in the country music community, views on the state of country music today, and the importance of family themes to his music.

The former Hootie & the Blowfish front man further discusses his transition from rock to country, as well as his childhood growing up in Charleston, S.C. Rucker also touches on his extensive philanthropic efforts with the Musicians on Call program and his Monday After the Masters celebrity pro-am golf tournament, supporting the Hootie and the Blowfish Foundation.

Country legend Dolly Parton was a recent guest on 'The Big Interview,' and R&B icon Aaron Neville is set to appear with Rather on April 28.

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