Hootie & The Blowfish To Record Together Again
Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.27.2012
They still play together...
Billboard reports that while Darius Rucker has been recording as a country musician for the past four years, he says that he plans for Hootie & The Blowfish to get back together.
He said: "There's one more Hootie record and tour that we're going to do. I don't know when, because country music is my day job -- it's what I want to do. We'll probably always be a band. We've got two shows in August, we do about four or five dates a year. We'll do another album and tour for a year, then I'll be right back to this music."
He says it's interesting when his friends and touring partners (like Lady Antebellum, who he toured with in 2012) talk about Hootie's impact. He added: "It's amazing to me. When Charles Kelley and I first met, he sent me a video of him at thirteen with his brother Josh and one of their friends, and they're playing 'Hold My Hand.' The first thing that Ketch Secor from Old Crow Medicine Show told me when we met was 'I told my sister you were doing my song ("Wagon Wheel"), and she said 'no way,' because that record was so big in our house. She just didn't believe it."
He said things would be different if they made their debut now. He said: "I think if we came out today, we would have to change the instrumentation on a few songs and rewrite a few songs. We'd have to be a country band today. I thought we were as close to country music as you could be then. That's why I thought when I started doing my country records that I wasn't doing anything different."
Finally, he said that he believes many of his current fans probably have Hootie's breakthrough album Cracked Rear View in their collections. He concluded: "I think a lot of people who have listened to Hootie & The Blowfish back in the '90s have migrated to country music now, so that doesn't surprise me at all."