Darius Ruckerhas had a lot of firsts over his illustrious career, but he has consistently reinvented himselfandhis music in numerous ways. So, when he came upon the phrase, “when was the last timeIdid something for the first time?,’ he was inspired to write his new single with co-writers Derek George and Travis Hill.

“As a songwriter, sometimes the smallest idea can elicit a feeling and then you have this daunting task of trying to relay that emotion and energy into a three-minute song,” says Darius. “When we wrote ‘For The First Time,’ we each had to dig deep for that moment – for me it was ‘you say you’ve never danced to a dashboard singin’ REM under summer stars.’ After that it was all over.”

“For The First Time” is the follow-up to his most recent No. 1 single, “If I Told You,” the first from his his long-awaited as-yet-untitled fifth Capitol Records Nashville album, slated for release later this year with Producer Ross Copperman at the helm. It will be yet another signature moment in the multiplatinum career of one of music’s most beloved figures. Rucker has never been busier while working on his new album with a slate of television appearances this spring and summer including a CMT Crossroads episode with John Mellencamp, an appearance in Adam Sandler’s Netflix original, Sandy Wexler, and his own episode of Celebrity Undercover Boss on CBS.

For more information about new music, appearances and tour dates, please visitwww.dariusrucker.com.

“For the First Time” impacts country radio July 24th.