Along with his work in Hootie & the Blowfish, Rucker has recorded two solo albums. The first, Back to Then, was released in 2002 on Hidden Beach Recordings. An album of country music entitled Learn to Live followed in 2008 on Capitol Records Nashville. This album also produced his first solo chart single in "Don't Think I Don't Think About It", which became the first Number One country hit by a solo African American artist since 1983. Following it was "It Won't Be Like This for Long" which became his second Number One hit in March 2009.