Hootie and the Blowfish became a South Carolina legend, with the band achieving success on a level most musicians dream about. The band gave way to lead vocalist Darius Rucker’s solo career for awhile. Now they’re back with a second act and their forthcoming album “Imperfect Circle.”
Years ago, Jennifer was invited to one of the Monday After the Masters (MAM) golf tournaments the band founded. Jenn got a t-shirt and the band members signed it. She was thrilled and still is. My whole family loves this band’s music and Rucker’s solo work too. When we lived in Carolina, it wasn’t unusual to see one of the band members shopping in our community. That made their fans adore them even more, that they seemed to still have a sense of normality instead of becoming egotistical and untouchable like so many celebs do. MAM raises money for worthy causes.
The band’s Group Therapy Tour kicked off this spring, and by all accounts, it is very well received.
The new album, Imperfect Circle, comes out Nov. 1, and it’s available for preorder now.
The tour is still ongoing, and I’d be willing to bet that both performances in the city where the band formed at the University of South Carolina will be sold out. They’ll end up in the United Kingdom in October.
The band’s songs, and those of Rucker, are many, but one song Rucker made part of his trademark, ‘Wagon Wheel’, is wildly popular. When my daughters perform, someone always requests that song. Yes, I’m tired of it, but most aren’t. After all, I don’t just hear the girls’ performances, I hear them practice too. The song has an interesting backstory:
“Hootie and the Blowfish also performed “Wagon Wheel,” Rucker’s biggest-selling single to date. The song’s got an interesting back story, too. Ketch Secor of the Americana string band Old Crow Medicine Show took a half-written Bob Dylan song from 1973 he’d heard on a bootleg and finished the track some 25 years later. Dylan gave permission to the band to release it and it became their signature tune. Rucker is just one of several artists who’ve since covered it.”
You can follow news about the band on the Hootie and the Blowfish page on Facebook, and you’ll also find news about the work of their foundation there.
When I say the band was wildly popular in Carolina, I’m not exaggerating. Jenn had schoolmates ask to wear the t-shirt she got signed, and one of my all-time favorite neighbors even named her dog Hootie.
Ever wondered which band member is the real Hootie? According to press accounts, none are. All the band is Hootie.
(Kay B. Day/Aug. 23, 2019)
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