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Darius Rucker Reflects On 20th Anniversary Of Hootie and the Blowfish's Cracked Rear View
Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.03.2014

In an interview with Billboard, Hootie and the Blowfish singer Darius Rucker commented on the 20th anniversary of their debut album Cracked Rear View. The album officially turns twenty on Saturday. It was their biggest release and contains some of their best known songs, including "Hold My Hand" and "Only Wanna Be With You". Here are highlights:

On going against the mainstream when they debuted: "Garth Brooks was king, and we were anything but grunge, so we didn't know what was going to happen. We thought with the fan base we had developed on the east coast over the years of playing, we just wanted to sell enough and make enough noise that we could do another one. But, it did a little more than that."

On winning Best New Artist at the Grammys: "It had been an amazing two years at that time, and we told the American Music Awards that we had played so many award shows that we weren't going to play that show. We didn't know if it was political, but Garth said it best. The retailers told him that we had helped keep the doors open. We were selling records, and bringing people in to buy other records, and that he thought we deserved us. That was an amazing moment for us that someone that big and legendary would see what we were doing as that cool and wouldn't accept that award because he thought we deserved it. That was one of the biggest moments in our career."

On the future of the band: "We'll always be a band. We just did a show together last weekend, and we were talking about doing something really cool when the time was right – a record, a year long tour where we go out and see all the people that supported us all these years. We'll do it, I'm sure – but when the time is right. We don't want to do it just to do it, we want to do it when it can be big and when the time is right."


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