Darius Rucker reports he’s about to make a video to go out in conjunction with his new “Come Back Song” single – which is about a guy who is miserable since his girl left, not about Rucker’s transformation from hit-challenged Hootie and the Blowfish lead to hot country star over the past couple of years. “Everything is happening soon,” says Rucker, who is also part of the lineup for this year’s “A Capitol Fourth” celebration.
“They just called me out of the blue and I was really happy about it,” he reports, speaking of the 4th of July song and fireworks spectacular taking place on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol. He’ll be on a bill led by host Jimmy Smits and including David Archuleta, Gladys Knight and Reba McEntire. Though he doesn’t know exactly what he’ll be performing, he’s looking forward to joining his stellar colleagues onstage. “Some people are going to jam together and it’s going to be fun.”
Rucker’s touring all summer, mostly with Brad Paisley. His second country album is coming out in the fall. “It’s super busy, but the great thing about being in country music is you can tour on the weekends and be home three or four days a week.” Besides, his two daughters and his son, as well as his wife, Beth, come out to see him on tour. “They’re getting old,” he says of his offspring, who range from 15 to five. “They all say they’re going to be in music.” Time will tell.
COME AS YOU ARE: Joey Lawrence, who returns to series TV in August with “Melissa and Joey” — his ABC Family sitcom also starring Melissa Joan Hart — says he’s grown to appreciate his TV fan base more and more as years have passed. The actor who rose to fame as the teen heartthrob of “Gimme a Break!” and “Blossom” notes, “When you’re on a show like that, you’re sort of on TV forever and that’s a really cool thing. People have watched you while they’re eating breakfast in the morning, or at night with their friends or sitting in their underwear. You get such a loyal following.” Plus, one doesn’t have to be pigeon-holed. As Lawrence reminds, “Will Smith, Tom Hanks, John Travolta – they all started in TV.” Lawrence is developing features for himself under his own production banner.
HERE AND THERE: Stefanie Powers, who’ll play Norma Desmond in a stand of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard” in Maine this summer, is also taking on a role in a low-budget indie shooting in L.A., we hear. It’s called “Three Days” and it has to do with actors in a radio play. The wild animal preservationist and one-time “Hart to Hart” heroine has just wrapped up work on her forthcoming memoir for Simon & Schuster.