"You wanted to mess with our city and instead you brought us together," Rucker said at his show

By Danielle Anderson
August 27, 2015 04:20 PM
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Anyone who’s been to a Darius Rucker concert knows it’s all about having a rocking, good time – and a lot of dancing.

But Rucker slowed things down a bit Wednesday night, to honor the church shooting victims of Charleston, South Carolina at a show being taped for CMT’s Instant Jam.

Before playing an acappella version of “Amazing Grace,” the singer, a Charleston native, spoke to his hometown crowd.

“We went through a lot of crap recently. The tragedy broke my heart,” said Rucker, 49. “The greatest feeling I’ve had in a long time is when that played out and our city didn’t divide,” he said. “We said, ‘This is us.’ We said to that guy that lives in a time that doesn’t exist anymore. You wanted to mess with our city and instead you brought us together.”

It’s a sentiment close to Rucker’s heart, one that he’s been sharing throughout his Southern Style tour, which runs through November. CMT Instant Jam: Darius Rucker will air on CMT on Sept. 5 at 10pm ET/PT.

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