NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 3, 2012)--Darius Rucker's conversion from rock to country is now complete.
Rucker is joining the Grand Ole Opry.
Rucker performed on Tuesday night's Opry and received a visit from unannounced guest Brad Paisley, who surprised him with the invitation.
Rucker rose to fame as the front man for South Carolina rockers Hootie and The Blowfish, but began to pursue his lifelong passion for country music a few years ago.
He releases his third country album early next year.
Rucker, 46, is the third black performer to hold Opry membership, joining Country Music Hall of Fame members DeFord Bailey and Charley Pride.
He’ll be inducted into the Opry on Oct. 16 and the show will air live on GAC.