Rucker has been one of the most successful country artists who started their lives as pure pop artists. Hootie & the Blowfish was ubiquitious in the mid-1990s and their hits ("Only Wanna Be With You," "Hold My Hand") are still staples on adult pop stations. But lead singer and South Carolinian Rucker decided to go country in 2008 and wrangled a string of hits with his distinctive, emotive bass voice.
In five years, he's compiled nine top 40 country songs, including six No. 1's: "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," "It Won't Be Like This For Long," "Alright," "Come Back Song," "This" and his recent hit "Wagon Wheel."
(Personally, I prefer his country stuff to his Hootie stuff.)