Darius Rucker Explains How 'Straight To Hell' Came About at CMT Music Awards: Watch

Darius Rucker spoke with Billboard’s Taylor Weatherby on the red carpet at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday (June 6) in Nashville, chatting about his new song “'Straight to Hell” with Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Charles Kelley.

Speaking of the collaboration, which the four artists performed together at the awards show, Rucker said, “I’d been meaning to cut that song ever since I came to Nashville. I was putting my album together – it was one of those karma things where I was putting my album together and Charles Kelley calls me out of the blue, texts me…’I think you should cut it’ and I’m like, I’ve been thinking about cutting that song…the universe is telling me to cut it.”

“He got back to me, ‘Yeah, you should let me sing on it, too,’” Rucker added. “And so we started there, and then hanging out with Luke and Jason, the four of us are pretty good friends, and just hanging out. Knowing what it meant to all those guys, too…It’s a fun song. I’m really proud of it.”

Rucker was also asked his favorite music video of all time. The first that came to mind: “Careless Whisper” by George Michael. “I love that video! I love that song,” he exclaimed.

You can watch the full video interview with Darius Rucker above.