• “HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH ARE BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER” WITH IMPERFECT CIRCLE SET FOR NOVEMBER 1ST RELEASE.

    As a summer of sold-out shows celebrated by fans and critics alike nears its celebratory three-night U.S. finale in Columbia, S.C., the band Billboard praises as “back and better than ever” will continue the excitement into the fall with today’s announcement of Imperfect Circle, the first new album from Hootie & the Blowfish in nearly 15 years.

    Due out November 1st on Universal Music Group’s Capitol Nashville imprint, the album is available for pre-order today.

    “There’s something timeless about their sound,” proclaimed USA Today in a story breaking the news of the album. “From their stupendous 1994 debut Cracked Rear View, which is certified 21x Platinum (equivalent to 21 million certified units sold), to their anticipated reunion album, Imperfect Circle…Hootie & the Blowfish appear ready to pick up where they left off as a pop music phenomenon. Yet they haven’t forgotten where they began because, really, they never left that place.”

    Despite a decade-long hiatus that followed their initial wave of success punctuated only by occasional charity shows, the band’s return to the spotlight with this year’s Group Therapy Tour has brought out the “highest attendance figures of their career,” according to Billboard’s Boxscore, proving that the two-time GRAMMY Award winners have withstood the test of time.

    “Whatever the descriptive shorthand used — roots rock, alt-country, jangle-pop or country-rock — Hootie and the Blowfish’s material has aged extraordinarily well, fond remembrances aside,” noted the Dallas Observer at a recent show, proclaiming that “the honey-voiced Rucker is still, 25 years on, one of the best singers in any genre, full stop.”

    “Rucker has — no exaggeration — one of the great voices in contemporary pop music, a dynamic and sophisticated baritone that’s full of gravity,” agreed the New York Times in a June Arts & Leisure cover story after sitting in on the recording process for Imperfect Circle. “The rest of the band makes spry work of otherwise staid idioms. Bryan is a patient decorator with guitar, never overpowering an arrangement, and as a rhythm section, Felber and Sonefeld are insistent but amiable.”

    Following the nostalgic summer tour, fans now eager to hear new music by the iconic band can get early access to a first track called “Rollin’” available exclusively at www.Hootie.com, before it becomes available for purchase and streaming on September 6th.

    Remaining Group Therapy Tour Dates
    August 8           Columbia, Md. | Merriweather Post Pavilion
    August 9           Canandaigua, N.Y. | Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
    August 10         New York, N.Y. | Madison Square Garden
    August 11         New York, N.Y. | Madison Square Garden
    August 16         Detroit, Mich. | DTE Energy Music Theatre
    August 17         Noblesville, Ind. | Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
    August 18         Des Moines, Iowa | Iowa State Fair
    August 22         St. Paul, Minn. | Minnesota State Fair
    August 23         East Troy, Wis. | Alpine Valley Music Theatre
    August 24         Tinley Park, Ill. | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    August 29         Toronto, Ont. | Budweiser Stage
    August 30         Hershey, Penn. | Hersheypark Stadium
    August 31         Hartford, Conn. | XFINITY Theatre

    September 5      Charlotte, N.C. | PNC Music Pavilion
    September 6      Birmingham, Ala. | Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
    September 7      Nashville, Tenn. | Bridgestone Arena
    September 11    Columbia, S.C. | Colonial Life Arena
    September 12    Columbia, S.C. | Colonial Life Arena
    September 13    Columbia, S.C. | Colonial Life Arena

    October 4          Dublin, Ireland | 3Arena
    October 6          Bristol, England | O2 Academy
    October 7          Leeds, England | O2 Academy
    October 9          Glasgow, Scotland | Barrowland
    October 10        Glasgow, Scotland | Barrowland
    October 12        London, England | Eventim Apollo
    October 15        Manchester, England | O2 Apollo
    October 16        Birmingham, England | O2 Academy

    For more information, visit www.hootie.com or follow on Facebook @hootieandtheblowfish, Twitter @HootieTweets and Instagram @hootieofficial.

    About Hootie & the Blowfish
    With the rich, bluesy vocals of Darius Rucker and gleeful harmonies of guitarist Mark Bryan, bassist Dean Felber and drummer Jim “Soni” Sonefeld, Hootie & the Blowfish have sold over 25 million records worldwide to date after their infectious melodies hit the airwaves in 1994 with hits such as “Hold My Hand,” “Let Her Cry” and “Only Wanna Be With You.”

    The quartet met at the University of South Carolina where endless gigs at frat houses and local bars built a major local buzz. Their blend of pop, folk, blues, soul and rock made them hard to pigeonhole, but easily accessible to anyone who loved good music.

    Atlantic Records, impressed by their regional draw, signed them and released Cracked Rear View in 1994. The album had been out for six months before the band played on the Late Show with David Letterman which sent sales skyrocketing, eventually landing at No. 1 on the Billboard chart the following spring. Cracked Rear View and the band went on to win two GRAMMY Awards, an MTV Video Music Award, a Billboard Music Award, and multiple People’s Choice Awards. Cracked Rear View went on to earn the band Billboard‘s Band of the Year Award in 1996 and the RIAA’s Diamond Award for sales in excess of 10 million units. Cracked Rear View remains the 5th most certified studio album in music business history.

    The band remained a top draw nationwide and released five more albums for Atlantic: Fairweather JohnsonMusical ChairsScattered, Smothered & CoveredHootie & The Blowfish and The Best of Hootie & The Blowfish, as well as Looking For Lucky on their own Sneaky Long Records and LIVE in Charleston, The Homegrown Concert Event DVD and CD. The band took a break from full-time touring in 2007, reuniting annually for a variety of philanthropic events while also pursuing solo projects. 2019 marked the band’s first full-time touring year in over a decade as they embarked on the Group Therapy Tour ahead of Imperfect Circle, their first album in nearly 15 years due out November 1 under a new record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville.

    For audio from the band on the album title, click here.

  • HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM, “IMPERFECT CIRCLE.”

    Hootie & the Blowfish just announced the release date of their new album, Imperfect Circle. The collection will be released November 1st on Capitol Nashville. Their last studio album, Looking for Lucky, was released August 9th, 2005 with a live album, Live in Charleston, coming one year later (August 8th, 2006). The band – comprised of Darius Rucker, Mark Bryan, Dean Felber and Jim “Soni” Sonefeld – were huge fans of R.E.M, considered to be the first alternative rock band on record. Hootie & the Blowfish based the title of their new album on one of their favorite R.E.M. songs.

    “We were sitting around before going into the studio and talking about album names and stuff and of course REM came up because they’re such an important band to us,” says Darius. “‘Perfect Circle’ is an REM song that we all love a lot (“One of the best”), and I said, ‘Perfect Circle,’ and then we thought Imperfect Circle was a better name, because just looking at us, our career, it’s the 25th anniversary of Cracked Rear View, but we’ve been playing together 30-something years and for us to be here, to be doing this tour and to be making a record, it just seems like Imperfect Circle was perfect.”

    The title has some similarities to the band’s 21-times platinum debut album, Cracked Rear View. “Imperfect Circle kinda has the same ring to it as Cracked Rear View, where it’s like you’re looking back and you realize nobody’s journey is perfect, but here we are,” says Hootie member Mark Bryan. “We’re all still here, and I think a lot of people can relate to that.”

    The process of coming up with a title has always been a lot of fun for the group. “As usual, the process of finding the right names is always the most fun for us,” says Soni. “We sat around the studio – and we knew this is how it would be – for six months throwing out names that are utter, just dumb, funny, perverse or whatever, and that’s part of the fun we’ve always had is naming albums, giving album titles that really aren’t going to be the album title.”

    Hootie & the Blowfish are currently on their Group Therapy Tour with Barenaked Ladies with dates tonight (August 8th) in Columbia, Maryland, Friday (August 9th) in Canandaigua, New York and a two-night stand at Madison Square Garden Saturday (August 10th) and Sunday (August 11th) in New York City.

    Audio / Mark Bryan and Jim “Soni” Sonefeld from Hootie & the Blowfish talk about the title of their new album, Imperfect Circle.

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    Hootie & the Blowfish (Mark Soni-album title) OC: (Mark) …only chance. :52
    MARK: “Imperfect Circle kinda has the same ring to it as Cracked Rear View, where it’s like you’re looking back and you realize nobody’s journey is perfect, but here we are. We’re all still here, and I think a lot of people can relate to that.” SONI: “And as usual, the process of finding the right names is always the most fun for us. We sat around the studio – and we knew this is how it would be – for six months throwing out names that are utter, just dumb, funny, perverse or whatever, and that’s part of the fun we’ve always had is naming albums, giving album titles that really aren’t going to be the album title.” DEAN: “Never anything until the last day.” (EVERYONE LAUGHS) MARK: “Yeah. If you really want the album to be titled something, don’t tell anybody until the last day. That’s your safest bet…you wait until the last minute. That’s your only chance.”

    Audio / Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish talks about how the band came up with the album title, Imperfect Circle.

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    Hootie & the Blowfish (Darius-album title) OC: (Soni) …is perfect.
    “It seems like when it’s getting titles for our records, we are always last minute when the label’s saying if you don’t give us the title to your record, we’re not gonna put it out, so get one. (laughs) And it was true to this, and we were sitting around before going into the studio and talking about album names and stuff and of course REM came up because they’re such an important band to us. ‘Perfect Circle’ is an REM song that we all love a lot (“One of the best”), and I said, ‘Perfect Circle,’ and then we thought Imperfect Circle was a better name, because just looking at us, our career, it’s the 25th anniversary of Cracked Rear View, but we’ve been playing together 30-something years and for us to be here, to be doing this tour and to be making a record, it just seems like Imperfect Circle was perfect.” SONI: “Nice. Imperfect Circle is perfect!”

  • HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH LAUNCH HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED GROUP THERAPY TOUR WITH “CROWD-PLEASING” OPENING WEEKEND.

    Hootie & the Blowfish “clearly seemed thrilled to be back on stage with a sellout crowd in front of them,” as the Raleigh News & Observerremarked of Friday night’s concert, the second of three shows launching the Group Therapy Tour which drew over 19,000 in attendance in spite of a rain delay.

    The third night of opening weekend, Atlanta Journal Constitution proclaimed, “this is a well-produced nostalgic romp featuring a setlist stacked with singalongs, an effective stage show (sharp lighting, major video screen action) and a band that sounds record perfect,” also noting that “what this return to the road will demonstrate for those who have been out of the Hootie orbit [as the band continued to play select annual concerts] is that the hits still hold up.”

    The Gwinnett Daily Post also raved about the “crowd-pleasing” show, emphasizing that “frontman [Darius] Rucker’s raspy vocals are even more mesmerizing in person and his gaze seemed to reach back to the viewers on Lakewood’s berm. Lead guitarist [Mark] Bryan frolicked barefoot on stage with a stage presence that comes with a band rejuvenated with its first full tour in more than 10 years — 15 years since its last studio album.”

    Like fans, the band was ready to celebrate memories of their early days as both Rucker and Bryan shared nostalgic memories of their first forays into each market, with tales of coming up in the Carolinas on Friday night in Raleigh and of early gigs in Athens, Georgia the talk of Saturday night in Atlanta.

    Hootie & the Blowfish took the stage after a hit-filled opening set by special guest and fellow 90s stalwartsBarenaked Ladies, whose set included their catchy theme song for “The Big Bang Theory” as well as fan-favorites “One Week” and “If I Had $1000000” plus well-received covers of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” and “Shallow” from A Star Is Born.

    Rucker and Bryan then took the stage with bandmates Dean Felber and Jim “Soni” Sonefeld for a set list that began each night with “Hannah Jane,” track one on their 21X-Platinum debut album Cracked Rear View which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and remains one of the best-selling albums of all time. The show continued with Hootie classics such as “Let Her Cry” and “Hold My Hand,” plus covers of Rucker’s solo No. 1 “Alright” and GRAMMY-Award winning take on “Wagon Wheel,” as well as R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion,” a natural fit for the band which also shared stories of R.E.M.’s influence on them as young artists. Keeping fans on their feet until the very end, “Only Wanna Be With You” sent a satisfied crowd into the night.

    The trek continues with 44 additional U.S. & Canada dates throughout the summer, including stops at the iconic Hollywood Bowl, a two-night stand at Madison Square Garden and a three-night homecoming finale in Columbia, S.C. before the band heads overseas for a run of eight U.K. and Irelands dates in October. The tour also comes with news of a forthcoming album, expected later this year under a new record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville.

    For more information, visit www.hootie.com or follow on Facebook @hootieandtheblowfish, Twitter @hootietweetsand Instagram @hootieofficial.

    Remaining Group Therapy Tour Dates
    June 6               Orange Beach, Ala. | The Wharf
    June 8               West Palm Beach, Fla. | Coral Sky Amphitheatre
    June 9               Tampa, Fla. | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
    June 13             Austin, Texas | Austin360 Amphitheater
    June 14             Houston, Texas | The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
    June 15             Dallas, Texas | Dos Equis Pavilion
    June 19             Phoenix, Ariz. | Ak-Chin Pavilion
    June 21             Chula Vista, Calif. | North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
    June 22             Las Vegas, Nev. | T-Mobile Arena
    June 23             Irvine, Calif. | FivePoint Amphitheatre presented by Mercury Insurance
    June 25             Los Angeles, Calif. | Hollywood Bowl
    June 28             Wheatland, Calif. | Toyota Amphitheatre
    June 29             Mountain View, Calif. | Shoreline Amphitheatre

    July 11              Englewood, Colo. | Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
    July 13              Maryland Heights, Mo. | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    July 14              Rogers, Ark. | Walmart AMP
    July 19              Monticello, Iowa | Great Jones County Fair
    July 20              Cincinnati, Ohio | Riverbend Music Center
    July 21              Burgettstown, Penn. | KeyBank Pavilion
    July 26              Cleveland, Ohio | Blossom Music Center
    July 27              Bristow, Va. |  Jiffy Lube Live
    July 28              Camden, N.J. | BB&T Pavilion

    August 2           Guilford, N.H. | Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
    August 3           Mansfield, Mass. | Xfinity Center
    August 4           Saratoga Springs, N.Y. | Saratoga Performing Arts Center
    August 8           Columbia, Md. | Merriweather Post Pavilion
    August 9           Canandaigua, N.Y. | Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC
    August 10         New York, N.Y. | Madison Square Garden
    August 11         New York, N.Y. | Madison Square Garden
    August 16         Detroit, Mich. | DTE Energy Music Theatre
    August 17         Noblesville, Ind. | Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
    August 18         Des Moines, Iowa | Iowa State Fair
    August 22         St. Paul, Minn. | Minnesota State Fair
    August 23         East Troy, Wis. | Alpine Valley Music Theatre
    August 24         Tinley Park, Ill. | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    August 29         Toronto, Ont. | Budweiser Stage
    August 30         Hershey, Penn. | Hersheypark Stadium
    August 31         Hartford, Conn. | XFINITY Theatre

    September 5      Charlotte, N.C. | PNC Music Pavilion
    September 6      Birmingham, Ala. | Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
    September 7      Nashville, Tenn. | Bridgestone Arena
    September 11    Columbia, S.C. | Colonial Life Arena
    September 12    Columbia, S.C. | Colonial Life Arena
    September 13    Columbia, S.C. | Colonial Life Arena

    October 4          Dublin, Ireland | 3Arena
    October 6          Bristol, England | O2 Academy
    October 7          Leeds, England | O2 Academy
    October 9          Glasgow, Scotland | Barrowland
    October 10        Glasgow, Scotland | Barrowland
    October 12        London, England | Eventim Apollo
    October 15        Manchester, England | O2 Apollo
    October 16        Birmingham, England | O2 Academy

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Darius, Hootie & the Blowfish, Kacey, Keith, Shania, Travis

    Darius Rucker and his band Hootie & the Blowfish will perform on the season finale of NBC’s The Voice this week. The group is expected to sing “Let Her Cry,” which is featured on their multi-platinum album, Cracked Rear View, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Taylor Swift is also slated to perform during the show. The Voice will air on Tuesday (May 20th) beginning at 9pm ET on NBC.

    Kacey Musgraves will perform during the Today Show’s 2019 Citi Concert Series this summer. She’ll take the stage in Rockefeller Center July 19th. Other artists as part of the lineup include Sheryl Crow, Thomas Rhett, Jonas Brothers, The Chainsmokers, Dan + Shay, Maggie Rogers and Lizzo, among others. Additional performances will be announced throughout the season.

    Keith Urban, the reigning CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year, has been announced as headliner for this year’s Stars for Second Harvest Show (produced by songwriter Craig Wiseman), taking place June 4th at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

    Shania Twain will appear in the new film, I Still Believe, the follow-up to 2018’s I Can Only Imagine. She’ll portray Terry Camp, the mother of Jeremy Camp, a real-life Christian music star who has scored numerous No. 1 songs and several awards. Shooting begins this month in Alabama, according to Variety, and is set to open March 2020.

    Travis Denning will be heading across the pond this fall on the CMA’s Introducing Nashville Tour. The trek, which also features Chris Lane, Danielle Bradbury, Rachel Wammack and Devin Dawson, will kick off October 10th in Oslo, Norway and will wrap October 20th in Brighton, England. Stops include Stockholm, Hamburg, Berlin, Amsterdam, Manchester and Glasgow.

     

     

  • HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH KICK OFF THEIR “GROUP THERAPY TOUR” WITH A PERFORMANCE ON THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT.

    Hootie & the Blowfish kicked off their Group Therapy Tour and National Concert Week at the Ed Sullivan Theater with their classic song “Hold My Hand” on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

     

     

  • HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH ADD U.K. AND IRELAND DATES TO HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED GROUP THERAPY TOUR.

    A month ahead of the highly-anticipated Group Therapy Tour launch, Hootie & the Blowfish announced seven dates throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland this October to follow their 47-date U.S. and Canada run of shows.

    The announcement follows a wave of excitement surrounding news of the band’s first full tour in over a decade with forthcoming music under a new record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville. They will celebrate the soon-to-begin tour as part of National Concert Week with a performance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” this Wednesday, May 1.

    “I had the incredible opportunity to play the Royal Albert Hall in London last year, which was a bucket list night for me,” explained frontman Darius Rucker. “The fans there and everywhere else we played in Europe were so special. In talking with all of the guys about how special this year’s tour is going to be, we knew it wouldn’t be complete without a trip back across the pond to see our amazing fans there.”

    pre-sale for Hootie & the Blowfish email subscribers begins Wednesday, May 1 at 9:00 a.m., as does the O2 Priority pre-sale, with a C2C pre-sale to follow on Thursday, May 2 at 9:00 a.m. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, May 3 at 9:00 a.m. All times are local.

    Group Therapy Tour
    May 30             Virginia Beach, Va. | Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
    May 31             Raleigh, N.C. | Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

    June 1               Atlanta, Ga. | Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
    June 6               Orange Beach, Ala. | The Wharf
    June 8               West Palm Beach, Fla. | Coral Sky Amphitheatre
    June 9               Tampa, Fla. | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
    June 13             Austin, Texas | Austin360 Amphitheater
    June 14             Houston, Texas | Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
    June 15             Dallas, Texas | Dos Equis Pavilion
    June 19             Phoenix, Ariz. | Ak-Chin Pavilion
    June 21             Chula Vista, Calif. | North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
    June 22             Las Vegas, Nev. | T-Mobile Arena
    June 23             Irvine, Calif. | FivePoint Amphitheatre presented by Mercury Insurance
    June 25             Los Angeles, Calif. | Hollywood Bowl
    June 28             Wheatland, Calif. | Toyota Amphitheatre
    June 29             Mountain View, Calif. | Shoreline Amphitheatre

    July 11              Englewood, Colo. | Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
    July 13              Maryland Heights, Mo. | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    July 14              Rogers, Ark. | Walmart AMP
    July 19              Monticello, Iowa | Great Jones County Fair
    July 20              Cincinnati, Ohio | Riverbend Music Center
    July 21              Burgettstown, Penn. | KeyBank Pavilion
    July 26              Cleveland, Ohio | Blossom Music Center
    July 27              Bristow, Va. | Jiffy Lube Live
    July 28              Camden, N.J. | BB&T Pavilion

    August 2           Guilford, N.H. | Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
    August 3           Mansfield, Mass. | Xfinity Center
    August 4           Saratoga Springs, N.Y. | Saratoga Performing Arts Center
    August 8           Columbia, Md. | Merriweather Post Pavilion
    August 9           Canandaigua, N.Y. | Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC
    August 10         New York, N.Y. | Madison Square Garden
    August 11         New York, N.Y. | Madison Square Garden
    August 16         Detroit, Mich. | DTE Energy Music Theatre
    August 17         Noblesville, Ind. | Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
    August 18         Des Moines, Iowa | Iowa State Fair
    August 22         St. Paul, Minn. | Minnesota State Fair
    August 23         East Troy, Wis. | Alpine Valley Music Theatre
    August 24         Tinley Park, Ill. | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    August 29         Toronto, Ont. | Budweiser Stage
    August 30         Hershey, Penn. | Hersheypark Stadium
    August 31         Hartford, Conn. | XFINITY Theatre

    September 5      Charlotte, N.C. | PNC Music Pavilion
    September 6      Birmingham, Ala. | Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
    September 7      Nashville, Tenn. | Bridgestone Arena
    September 11    Columbia, S.C. | Colonial Life Arena
    September 12    Columbia, S.C. | Colonial Life Arena
    September 13    Columbia, S.C. | Colonial Life Arena

    October 4          Dublin, Ireland | 3Arena*
    October 6          Bristol, England | O2 Academy*
    October 7          Leeds, England | O2 Academy*
    October 9          Glasgow, Scotland | Barrowland*
    October 12        London, England | Eventim Apollo*
    October 15        Manchester, England | O2 Apollo*
    October 16        Birmingham, England | O2 Academy*

    *newly announced U.K. & Ireland dates

    For more information and to sign up for the Hootie & the Blowfish email list, visit www.hootie.com. Follow on Facebook @hootieandtheblowfish, Twitter @HootieTweets and Instagram @hootieofficial.

    About Hootie & the Blowfish
    With the rich, bluesy vocals of Darius Rucker and gleeful harmonies of guitarist Mark Bryan, bassist Dean Felber and drummer Jim “Soni” Sonefeld, Hootie & the Blowfish have sold over 25 million records worldwide to date after their infectious melodies hit the airwaves in 1994 with hits such as “Hold My Hand,” “Let Her Cry” and “Only Wanna Be With You.”

    The quartet met at the University of South Carolina where endless gigs at frat houses and local bars built a major local buzz. Their blend of pop, folk, blues, soul and rock made them hard to pigeonhole, but easily accessible to anyone who loved good music.

    Atlantic Records, impressed by their regional draw, signed them and released Cracked Rear View in 1994. The album had been out for six months before the band played on the Late Show with David Letterman which sent sales skyrocketing, eventually landing at No. 1 on the Billboard chart the following spring. Cracked Rear View and the band went on to win two GRAMMY Awards, an MTV Video Music Award, a Billboard Music Award, and multiple People’s Choice Awards. Cracked Rear View went on to earn the band Billboard‘s Band of the Year Award in 1996 and the RIAA’s Diamond Award for sales in excess of 10 million units. Cracked Rear View remains the 5th most certified studio album in music business history.

    The band remained a top draw nationwide and released five more albums for Atlantic: Fairweather JohnsonMusical ChairsScattered, Smothered & CoveredHootie & The Blowfish and The Best of Hootie & The Blowfish, as well as Looking For Lucky on their own Sneaky Long Records and LIVE in Charleston, The Homegrown Concert Event DVD and CD. The band took a break from full-time touring in 2007, reuniting annually for a variety of philanthropic events while also pursuing solo projects. 2019 will mark the band’s first full-time touring year in over a decade as they embark on the Group Therapy Tour in support of forthcoming new music under a new record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville.

  • HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH ADD A SECOND DATE AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND.

    Iconic pop-rockers Hootie & the Blowfish thrilled fans by announcing a return to full-time touring with the Group Therapy Tour in support of their forthcoming album under a new record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville and supporters have been quick to express their excitement through an overwhelming demand for tickets. Today, the band announced the addition of a second Madison Square Garden date on Sunday, August 11 in response to the initial Saturday, August 10 date’s sell out.

    Critics have also celebrated the band’s return to the road, with Billboard declaring “Hootie & the Blowfish are back and better than ever” and “we’re ready for it” while Esquire proclaimed “welcome back, Hootie… it is our duty as Americans to show up.” USA Today noted that “1990s nostalgia will invade North America [this] summer” while Consequence of Sound included the Group Therapy Tour in their “30 Most Anticipated Tours of 2019.”

    The additional Madison Square Garden show marks the second added date on the Live Nation-produced tour, with the band already having doubled down in Columbia, South Carolina for a homecoming finale. Several other stops on the tour are also sold out months in advance with tickets available in limited quantities for many remaining shows. Visit www.hootie.com for more information regarding specific dates.

    “Madison Square Garden, for any musician, is Mecca,” lead singer Darius Rucker recently shared with ESPN’s Paul Finebaum of the legendary venue. “When you’ve played the Garden and you’ve sold out the Garden, you know you’ve made it. You’ve done something.”

    Citi is the official pre-sale credit card for the Group Therapy Tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets to the August 11 Madison Square Garden show beginning today, February 11. For complete Citi pre-sale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Hootie & the Blowfish fan club members can also purchase pre-sale tickets today, with the Barenaked Ladies fan club presale to follow on Wednesday, February 13 and the Live Nation and venue pre-sales on Thursday February 14. All pre-sales begin at 10 a.m. ET and conclude on Thursday, February 14 at 10 p.m. ET in advance of the general public onsale this Friday, February 15 at 10 a.m. ET.
     
    Group Therapy Tour
    May 30             Virginia Beach, Va. | Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
    May 31             Raleigh, N.C. | Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
     
    June 1               Atlanta, Ga. | Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
    June 6               Orange Beach, Ala. | The Wharf
    June 7               Tampa, Fla. | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
    June 8               West Palm Beach, Fla. | Coral Sky Amphitheatre
    June 13             Austin, Texas | Austin360 Amphitheater
    June 14             Houston, Texas | Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
    June 15             Dallas, Texas | Dos Equis Pavilion
    June 19             Phoenix, Ariz. | Ak-Chin Pavilion
    June 21             Chula Vista, Calif. | North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
    June 22             Las Vegas, Nev. | T-Mobile Arena
    June 23             Irvine, Calif. | FivePoint Amphitheatre presented by Mercury Insurance
    June 25             Los Angeles, Calif. | Hollywood Bowl
    June 28             Wheatland, Calif. | Toyota Amphitheatre
    June 29             Mountain View, Calif. | Shoreline Amphitheatre
     
    July 11              Englewood, Colo. | Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
    July 13              Maryland Heights, Mo. | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    July 14              Rogers, Ark. | Walmart AMP
    July 19              Monticello, Iowa | Great Jones County Fair
    July 20              Cincinnati, Ohio | Riverbend Music Center
    July 21              Burgettstown, Penn. | KeyBank Pavilion
    July 26              Cleveland, Ohio | Blossom Music Center
    July 27              Bristow, Va. | Jiffy Lube Live
    July 28              Camden, N.J. | BB&T Pavilion
     
    August 2           Guilford, N.H. | Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
    August 3           Mansfield, Mass. | Xfinity Center
    August 4           Saratoga Springs, N.Y. | Saratoga Performing Arts Center
    August 8           Columbia, Md. | Merriweather Post Pavilion
    August 9           Canandaigua, N.Y. | Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC
    August 10         New York, N.Y. | Madison Square Garden
    August 11         New York, N.Y. | Madison Square Garden
    August 16         Detroit, Mich. | DTE Energy Music Theatre
    August 17         Noblesville, Ind. | Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
    August 18         Des Moines, Iowa | Iowa State Fair
    August 22         St. Paul, Minn. | Minnesota State Fair
    August 23         East Troy, Wis. | Alpine Valley Music Theatre
    August 24         Tinley Park, Ill. | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    August 29         Toronto, Ont. | Budweiser Stage
    August 30         Hershey, Penn. | Hersheypark Stadium
    August 31         Hartford, Conn. | XFINITY Theatre
     
    September 5      Charlotte, N.C. | PNC Music Pavilion 
    September 6      Birmingham, Ala. | Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
    September 7      Nashville, Tenn. | Bridgestone Arena
    September 12    Columbia, S.C. | Colonial Life Arena
    September 13    Columbia, S.C. | Colonial Life Arena

    For more information, visit www.hootie.com of follow on Facebook @hootieandtheblowfish, Twitter @HootieTweets and Instagram @hootieofficial.

    About Hootie & the Blowfish
    With the rich, bluesy vocals of Darius Rucker and gleeful harmonies of guitarist Mark Bryan, bassist Dean Felber and drummer Jim “Soni” Sonefeld, Hootie & the Blowfish have sold over 25 million records worldwide to date after their infectious melodies hit the airwaves in 1994 with hits such as “Hold My Hand,” “Let Her Cry” and “Only Wanna Be With You.”

    The quartet met at the University of South Carolina where endless gigs at frat houses and local bars built a major local buzz. Their blend of pop, folk, blues, soul and rock made them hard to pigeonhole, but easily accessible to anyone who loved good music.

    Atlantic Records, impressed by their regional draw, signed them and released Cracked Rear View in 1994. The album had been out for six months before the band played on the Late Show with David Letterman which sent sales skyrocketing, eventually landing at No. 1 on the Billboard chart the following spring. Cracked Rear View and the band went on to win two GRAMMY Awards, an MTV Video Music Award, a Billboard Music Award, and multiple People’s Choice Awards. Cracked Rear View went on to earn the band Billboard‘s Band of the Year Award in 1996 and the RIAA’s Diamond Award for sales in excess of 10 million units. Cracked Rear View remains the 5th most certified studio album in music business history.

    The band remained a top draw nationwide and released five more albums for Atlantic: Fairweather JohnsonMusical ChairsScattered, Smothered & CoveredHootie & The Blowfish and The Best of Hootie & The Blowfish, as well as Looking For Lucky on their own Sneaky Long Records and LIVE in Charleston, The Homegrown Concert Event DVD and CD. The band took a break from full-time touring in 2007, reuniting annually for a variety of philanthropic events while also pursuing solo projects. 2019 will mark the band’s first full-time touring year in over a decade as they embark on the Group Therapy Tour in support of forthcoming new music under a new record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville.

  • HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH ADD SECOND COLUMBIA, S.C. GROUP THERAPY TOUR DATE DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND.

     

    Hootie & the Blowfish surprised fans Monday by announcing that for the first time in over a decade they will be releasing new music and embarking on the Live Nation-produced Group Therapy Tour in 2019. Loyal fans of the band described by Rolling Stone as “mixing elements of rock, soul, folk and pop” sold out the tour’s Columbia, S.C. homecoming finale on Friday, Sept. 13 during the pre-sale and initial few moments when tickets went on sale to the general public this morning, prompting the band to add a second Colonial Life Arena show on Thursday, Sept. 12.

    The band’s announcement was met with open arms by fans and critics alike, with Billboard proclaiming “Hootie & the Blowfish are back and better than ever” and “yes, we’re ready for it” while USA Today noted “1990s nostalgia will invade North America next summer.”

    Citi is the official pre-sale credit card for the Group Therapy Tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets for the added show beginning Monday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. local time until Thursday, Dec. 13 at 10 p.m. local time through Citi’s Private Pass program. For complete pre-sale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

    Hootie & the Blowfish fan club members can also access an exclusive pre-sale Monday, Dec. 10. Barenaked Ladies fans who have purchased VIP packages in the past will receive an exclusive code to purchase tickets early on Wednesday, Dec. 12 before they go on sale to the general public Friday, Dec. 14 at www.LiveNation.com. All pre-sale and on-sale times are 10 a.m. local.

    “We always felt there would be another tour, and it was just about timing. We’re not doing this for us. We’re doing it for those people who used to plan their vacations around the Hootie & the Blowfish tour,” shares lead singer Darius Rucker. “And we can’t wait to see them again.”

    “It means the world that our fans have reacted so positively this week,” adds guitarist Mark Bryan, “especially in a city as important to us as Columbia, where we get to play for the first time in almost 20 years.”

    Tickets to all previously announced dates are available now at www.LiveNation.com.

    Group Therapy Tour
    May 30             Virginia Beach, Va. | Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
    May 31             Raleigh, N.C. | Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

    June 1               Atlanta, Ga. | Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
    June 6               Orange Beach, Ala. | The Wharf
    June 7               Tampa, Fla. | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
    June 8               West Palm Beach, Fla. | Coral Sky Amphitheatre
    June 13             Austin, Texas | Austin360 Amphitheater
    June 14             Houston, Texas | Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
    June 15             Dallas, Texas | Dos Equis Pavilion
    June 19             Phoenix, Ariz. | Ak-Chin Pavilion
    June 21             Chula Vista, Calif. | North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
    June 22             Las Vegas, Nev. | T-Mobile Arena
    June 23             Irvine, Calif. | FivePoint Amphitheatre presented by Mercury Insurance
    June 25             Los Angeles, Calif. | Hollywood Bowl
    June 28             Wheatland, Calif. | Toyota Amphitheatre
    June 29             Mountain View, Calif. | Shoreline Amphitheatre

    July 11              Englewood, Colo. | Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
    July 13              Maryland Heights, Mo. | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    July 14              Rogers, Ark. | Walmart AMP
    July 19              Monticello, Iowa | Great Jones County Fair
    July 20              Cincinnati, Ohio | Riverbend Music Center
    July 21              Burgettstown, Pa. | KeyBank Pavilion
    July 26              Cleveland, Ohio | Blossom Music Center
    July 27              Bristow, Va. | Jiffy Lube Live
    July 28              Camden, N.J. | BB&T Pavilion

    August 2           Guilford, N.H. | Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
    August 3           Mansfield, Mass. | Xfinity Center
    August 4           Saratoga Springs, N.Y. | Saratoga Performing Arts Center
    August 8           Columbia, Md. | Merriweather Post Pavilion
    August 9           Canandaigua, N.Y. | Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC
    August 10         New York, N.Y. | Madison Square Garden
    August 16         Detroit, Mich. | DTE Energy Music Theatre
    August 17         Noblesville, Ind. | Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
    August 18         Des Moines, Iowa | Iowa State Fair
    August 22         St. Paul, Minn. | Minnesota State Fair
    August 23         East Troy, Wis. | Alpine Valley Music Theatre
    August 24         Tinley Park, Ill. | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    August 29         Toronto, Ont. | Budweiser Stage
    August 30         Hershey, Pa. | Hersheypark Stadium
    August 31         Hartford, Conn. | XFINITY Theatre

    September 5      Charlotte, N.C. | PNC Music Pavilion
    September 6      Birmingham, Ala. | Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
    September 7      Nashville, Tenn. | Bridgestone Arena
    September 12    Columbia, S.C. | Colonial Life Arena
    September 13    Columbia, S.C. | Colonial Life Arena

    For more information, visit www.hootie.com or follow on Facebook @hootieandtheblowfish, Twitter @HootieTweets and Instagram @hootieofficial.

    About Hootie & the Blowfish
    With the rich, bluesy vocals of Darius Rucker and gleeful harmonies of guitarist Mark Bryan, bassist Dean Felber and drummer Jim “Soni” Sonefeld, Hootie & the Blowfish have sold over 25 million records worldwide to date after their infectious melodies hit the airwaves in 1994 with hits such as “Hold My Hand”, “Let Her Cry” and “Only Wanna Be With You.”

    The quartet met at the University of South Carolina where endless gigs at frat houses and local bars built a major local buzz. Their blend of pop, folk, blues, soul and rock made them hard to pigeonhole, but easily accessible to anyone who loved good music.

    Atlantic Records, impressed by their regional draw, signed them and released Cracked Rear View in 1994. The album had been out for six months before the band played on the Late Show with David Letterman which sent sales skyrocketing, eventually landing at No. 1 on the Billboard chart the following spring. Cracked Rear View and the band went on to win two GRAMMY Awards, an MTV Video Music Award, a Billboard Music Award, and multiple People’s Choice Awards. Cracked Rear View went on to earn the band Billboard‘s Band of the Year Award in 1996 and the RIAA’s Diamond Award for sales in excess of 10 million units. Cracked Rear View remains the 5th most certified studio album in music business history.

    The band remained a top draw nationwide and released five more albums for Atlantic: Fairweather JohnsonMusical ChairsScattered, Smothered & CoveredHootie & The Blowfish and The Best of Hootie & The Blowfish, as well as Looking For Lucky on their own Sneaky Long Records and LIVE in CharlestonThe Homegrown Concert Event DVD and CD. The band took a break from full-time touring in 2008, reuniting annually for a variety of philanthropic events while also pursuing solo projects. 2019 will mark the band’s first full-time touring year in over a decade as they embark on the Group Therapy Tour in support of forthcoming new music under a new record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville.

  • HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH ANNOUNCE ‘GROUP THERAPY TOUR’ FOR 2019; WILL RELEASE NEW ALBUM ON UMG NASHVILLE.

    Iconic pop-rock band Hootie & the Blowfish appeared on NBC’s TODAY this morning to announce a highly anticipated return to full-time touring in 2019, as the foursome sets out on the 2019 Group Therapy Tour with direct support from special guest Barenaked Ladies.

     

    The band formed by Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Darius Rucker and Jim “Soni” Sonefeld during their time as students at the University of South Carolina will visit 44 cities on the tour produced by Live Nation, kicking off Thursday, May 30th in Virginia Beach, Virginia and wrapping Friday, September 13th with a Columbia, South Carolina homecoming.

     

    Citi is the official pre-sale credit card for the Group Therapy Tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning today, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. local time until Thursday, Dec. 6 at 10 p.m. local time through Citi’s Private Pass program. For complete pre-sale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

    Hootie & the Blowfish fan club members can also access an exclusive pre-sale starting today, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. local time. Barenaked Ladies fans who have purchased VIP packages in the past will receive an exclusive code to purchase tickets early on Wednesday, Dec. 5 starting at 10 a.m. local time before they go on sale to the general public this Friday, Dec. 7 at www.LiveNation.com.

    “Once the four of us met and started playing shows, we toured for years before signing a record deal,” reflects Rucker who, in the 10+ year break since their last formal tour and nearly 15 years since their last studio album as a band, has charted nine No. 1 singles on Country radio.

    Felber notes, “Having those shows at fraternity houses, clubs and dive bars under our belt prepared us for success to a degree, and it’s something we’re proud of – that we put in the work – but what matters to me the most is that we’re still a band all these years later. We’ve never stopped being a band.”

    “We were content playing clubs and small theaters, so playing to three-, four- and five-times that size was incredible, and we’re looking forward to that feeling again on this tour,” Sonefeld echoes.

    Bryan adds, “There’s nothing like playing music live. For the first time in nearly 20 years we’ll be coming back to Columbia, South Carolina where it all began,” before Rucker interjects, “and we’re ready to rock.”

    In addition to hitting the road on the Group Therapy Tour in 2019, the band described as “beloved” by the New York Times and praised by Billboard for their “undeniable charm” will also release a forthcoming sixth studio album under new label home Universal Music Group Nashville as their debut Cracked Rear View celebrates its 25th anniversary.

    Cracked Rear View, certified by the RIAA as 21x Platinum and the fifth-most certified studio album of all time, marked the beginning of a whirlwind of success for the two-time GRAMMY winners who have gone on to sell over 25 million albums and notch 17 Billboard-charting songs to date.

    Group Therapy Tour
    May 30             Virginia Beach, Va. | Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
    May 31             Raleigh, N.C. | Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

    June 1               Atlanta, Ga. | Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
    June 6               Orange Beach, Ala. | The Wharf
    June 7               Tampa, Fla. | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
    June 8               West Palm Beach, Fla. | Coral Sky Amphitheatre
    June 13             Austin, Texas | Austin360 Amphitheater
    June 14             Houston, Texas | The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
    June 15             Dallas, Texas | Dos Equis Pavilion
    June 19             Phoenix, Ariz. | Ak-Chin Pavilion
    June 21             Chula Vista, Calif. | North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
    June 22             Las Vegas, Nev. | T-Mobile Arena
    June 23             Irvine, Calif. | FivePoint Amphitheatre presented by Mercury Insurance
    June 25             Los Angeles, Calif. | Hollywood Bowl
    June 28             Wheatland, Calif. | Toyota Amphitheatre
    June 29             Mountain View, Calif. | Shoreline Amphitheatre

    July 11              Englewood, Colo. | Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
    July 13              Maryland Heights, Mo. | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    July 14              Rogers, Ark. | Walmart AMP
    July 19              Monticello, Iowa | Great Jones County Fair
    July 20              Cincinnati, Ohio | Riverbend Music Center
    July 21              Burgettstown, Penn. | KeyBank Pavilion
    July 26              Cleveland, Ohio | Blossom Music Center
    July 27              Bristow, Va. |  Jiffy Lube Live
    July 28              Camden, N.J. | BB&T Pavilion

    August 2           Guilford, N.H. | Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
    August 3           Mansfield, Mass. | Xfinity Center
    August 4           Saratoga Springs, N.Y. | Saratoga Performing Arts Center
    August 8           Columbia, Md. | Merriweather Post Pavilion
    August 9           Canandaigua, N.Y. | Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC
    August 10         New York, N.Y. | Madison Square Garden
    August 16         Detroit, Mich. | DTE Energy Music Theatre
    August 17         Noblesville, Ind. | Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
    August 18         Des Moines, Iowa | Iowa State Fair
    August 22         St. Paul, Minn. | Minnesota State Fair
    August 23         East Troy, Wis. | Alpine Valley Music Theatre
    August 24         Tinley Park, Ill. | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    August 29         Toronto, Ont. | Budweiser Stage
    August 30         Hershey, Penn. | Hersheypark Stadium
    August 31         Hartford, Conn. | XFINITY Theatre

    September 5      Charlotte, N.C. | PNC Music Pavilion
    September 6      Birmingham, Ala. | Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
    September 7      Nashville, Tenn. | Bridgestone Arena
    September 13    Columbia, S.C. | Colonial Life Arena

    For more information, visit www.hootie.com or follow on Facebook @hootieandtheblowfish, Twitter @HootieTweets and Instagram @hootieofficial.

    About Hootie & the Blowfish
    With the rich, bluesy vocals of Darius Rucker and gleeful harmonies of guitarist Mark Bryan, bassist Dean Felber and drummer Jim “Soni” Sonefeld, Hootie & the Blowfish have sold over 25 million records worldwide to date after their infectious melodies hit the airwaves in 1994 with hits such as “Hold My Hand,” “Let Her Cry” and “Only Wanna Be With You.”

    The quartet met at the University of South Carolina where endless gigs at frat houses and local bars built a major local buzz. Their blend of pop, folk, blues, soul and rock made them hard to pigeonhole and easily accessible to anyone who loved good music.

    Atlantic Records, impressed by their regional draw, signed them and released Cracked Rear View in 1994. The album had been out for six months before the band played on the Late Show with David Letterman which sent sales skyrocketing, eventually landing at No. 1 on the Billboard chart the following spring. Cracked Rear View and the band went on to win two GRAMMY Awards, an MTV Video Music Award, a Billboard Music Award, and multiple People’s Choice Awards. Cracked Rear View earned the band Billboard‘s Band of the Year Award in 1996 and the RIAA’s Diamond Award for sales in excess of 10 million units. Cracked Rear View remains the 5th most certified studio album in music history.

    The band remained a top draw nationwide and released five more albums for Atlantic: Fairweather JohnsonMusical ChairsScattered, Smothered & CoveredHootie & The Blowfish and The Best of Hootie & The Blowfish, as well as Looking For Lucky on their own Sneaky Long Records and LIVE in Charleston, The Homegrown Concert Event DVD and CD. The band took a break from full-time touring in 2008, reuniting annually for a variety of philanthropic events while also pursuing solo projects. 2019 will mark the band’s first full-time touring year in over a decade as they embark on the Group Therapy Tour in support of forthcoming new music under a new record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville.

    About Barenaked Ladies
    Over the course of their remarkable career, Barenaked Ladies have sold over 15 million albums, written multiple Top 20 hits (including radio staples “One Week,” “Pinch Me,” “Brian Wilson,” “If I Had $1,000,000”), garnered 2 GRAMMY nominations, won 8 JUNO Awards, had Ben & Jerry’s name an ice cream after them (“If I Had 1,000,000 Flavours”), wrote and recorded the theme song to the award-winning TV series “The Big Bang Theory,” participated in the first-ever “space-to-earth musical collaboration” with astronaut Chris Hadfield and garnered an international fan base whose members number in the millions. In 2018, the band (vocalist/guitarist Ed Robertson, drummer Tyler Stewart, keyboardist Kevin Hearn and bassist Jim Creeggan) celebrated their 30th anniversary with the release of a dynamic new album, Fake Nudes, a much-deserved induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame (with Rush vocalist Geddy Lee handling the honors) and a proclamation from Toronto Mayor John Tory declaring October 1st “Barenaked Ladies Day.” The band is currently in pre-production for a new album due in 2019. For more information, visit www.barenakedladies.com.