Darius Rucker rose to fame as the lead singer of the rock band Hootie & the Blowfish.

Now he’s a country music star, and his cover of “Wagon Wheel” is burning up the charts.

Fans were disappointed to learn that Rucker didn’t receive an invitation to CMA Fest, a big country music festival that takes place in Nashville in a few weeks.

About three weeks ago, Rucker’s website posted an item about a contest to “Meet Darius At CMA Music Fest!”

Why would Rucker (or his staff) post that if Rucker hadn’t been invited?

It’s all very odd.