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Tribute to Mac Davis: Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker Records ‘In the Ghetto’


The CMA Awards event co-hosted by Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker was indisputably a success. The way they were paired up and how they highlighted and brought to life the show’s special points are one of the most challenging parts of their hosting roles.

Nonetheless, when it comes to performance, there will be always that extra pedigree of skills and talent. And when Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker performed ‘In The Ghetto,’ not only were they a perfect match, the music, itself, fully synched in with them.

Remembering the Man

“‘In The Ghetto’ was too special to record with Darius Rucker, “said Reba. It was a tribute to her personal friend, the legendary singer-songwriter Mac Davis.

For a quick run-down, Davis was a big deal of an artist as many of the songs he’d written have long lived the times for all types of listeners. For instance, ‘In the Ghetto’ was recorded by Elvis Presley in 1969 which paved the way for him to become a big hit. Now, everyone knows that Mac Davis penned “In the Ghetto.”

Davis was able to work with several artists, gained a lot of friends, and had fame over the years. But all good things must come to an end when he recently passed away in September.

Canceling Poverty

Aside from the tribute, McEntire and Rucker chose”In the Ghetto” for its relatable story. It talks about a baby born in Chicago’s ghetto who grew up only knowing the life of crimes that led to his death. It was, somehow, a cycle. More babies are born and the song’s narrator predicts the same outcome. Due to some systematic issues, these juveniles will be in the dire strait of poverty and violence. The song was emotionally charged, but Davis added balance by suggesting ways to break such horrible cycles.

Reba McEntire and Darius’s performance was a blockbuster, so the two legends released a recorded version of “In the Ghetto.” The record, of course, was highly anticipated by fans. As for McEntire, their cover of “In the Ghetto” is just one way to remind us of the outstanding contributions of Mac Davis in the music industry.

“In the Ghetto” is now available for streaming in several music platforms.


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