Austin is front and center Friday night in a celebrity edition of the hit CBS show “Undercover Boss.”
In the episode, Darius Rucker, lead singer for Hootie and the Blowfish and, on his own, a country superstar, relies on heavy-duty makeup to hide his true identity as he poses as a roadie, hosts an open-mic night and tours the Sixth Street Entertainment District.
His goal? Locate undiscovered talent.
The show was taped over the course of several days during one of Rucker’s visits to Austin last year.
“I’ve been in the music business for a long time, and this is an experience I will never forget,” Rucker said in a news release promoting the episode. “Our industry is all about cultivating and sharing great music, so having the opportunity to go undercover and authentically participate in an artist’s early days was just incredible.”
It’s not the first time “Undercover Boss” has visited Austin. The show followed the owner of Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill in a controversial episode that aired in 2014.
Rucker’s episode of “Undercover Boss” airs at 7 p.m. Friday on CBS Austin.