• HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH RELEASE “TURN IT UP (WALSHY FIRE OF MAJOR LAZER REMIX),” OUT NOW.

    Diamond-selling hitmakers Hootie & the Blowfish have teamed up with GRAMMY-Award winning producer & DJ Walshy Fire to remix “Turn It Up,” featured on the re-release of their latest album Imperfect Circle, available now.

    Best known for his role as part of the EDM trio Major Lazer, Walshy Fire further highlighted the track’s inherent dancehall and reggae influences for a reimagined version of the song praised by NPR’s “Fresh Air” as a “warm contrast to the harshness of a country that’s tense and divided, alluding to the current situation in a mild protest song [which] serves as a reminder that Hootie & the Blowfish were always a little more aware of things than they were given credit for.”

    “You can hear the children crying / It’s not safe to go outside / We’re free but we gotta keep our kids alive / Oh, y’all, we can’t let ’em down / Turn it up ’cause I’ve had enough / I wanna feel the love / Ah, come on, turn it up,” lead singer Darius Rucker sings over a bed of horns and an infectious jam.

    Initially released in November 2019 following their sold-out, five-country Group Therapy Tour – the band’s first full-time return to the road in over a decade – Imperfect Circle marked the first new music in nearly 15 years from the group The New York Times celebrated as “genuinely excellent… deft, flexible and unflashily skilled” in their June 2019 cover story.

    Keen on remembering their musical origins while continuing to forge, Hootie & the Blowfish also recently released their take on the classic “Losing My Religion” by R.E.M., whom the band has credited as a major inspiration since their earliest days at the University of South Carolina.

    For more information, visit www.Hootie.com, and 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 Johnson, Musical Chairs, Scattered, Smothered & Covered, Hootie & 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 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 sold-out Group Therapy Tour in support of Imperfect Circle, released in November 2019 under a new record deal with Universal Music Group.

  • HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH’S AMAZON ORIGINAL COVER OF R.E.M.’S “LOSING MY RELIGION” OUT NOW.

    “When we were cutting our teeth as a band, almost every night fans would hear us on stage covering R.E.M.,” shares Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker. “‘Losing My Religion’ is a song that when you first listen to it, you can feel the struggle, the back-and-forth. Plus, Peter Buck wrote the song on mandolin, and being in the south, it’s a lot of fun to perform live. We’re releasing it as a cover with Amazon Music as I think it’s still as thrilling to people today as it was when it was first released.”

    Amazon Music Unlimited listeners can find the track on “Fresh Country” and Prime Music listeners can find it on “Certified Country.” Or find it on the Amazon music app and on Alexa-enabled devices by asking “Alexa play the Amazon Original by Hootie & The Blowfish.”

  • HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH HAVE A SPECIFIC SOUND THAT IS UNIQUE TO THEM.

    Hootie and the Blowfish are climbing the country charts with their single, “Hold On,” which was written by Chris Stapleton and Jim Beavers, is the from the band’s album, Imperfect Circle.

    “The one thing we figured out through the years is that the Hootie and the Blowfish sound is just what it is. We can take any song and it’s gonna sound like us, no matter what we try and do to it. I think it turns out to be a great thing for us ‘cause it doesn’t limit us to a certain category of song or genre. It just allows us to kind of pick the songs that are the best songs and not worry about anything else.”

    The band has sold over 25 million records worldwide after they hit the airwaves in 1994 with such smash hits as “Hold My Hand,” “Let Her Cry” and “Only Wanna Be With You.”

    Audio / Dean Felber of Hootie and the Blowfish talks about the band’s sound and why it works for them.

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    Hootie & the Blowfish (HB sound) OC: …anything else. :25
    “The one thing we figured out through the years is that the Hootie and the Blowfish sound is just what it is. We can take any song and it’s gonna sound like us, no matter what we try and do to it. I think it turns out to be a great thing for us ‘cause it doesn’t limit us to a certain category of song or genre. It just allows us to kind of pick the songs that are the best songs and not worry about anything else.”

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  • CHRISTMAS 2019 LINERS

    Here are holiday liners from some UMG Nashville artists, including Adam Hambrick, Alan Jackson, Billy Currington, Brandon Lay, Brothers Osborne, Clare Dunn, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Gary Allan, George Strait, Jon Pardi, Jordan Davis, Josh Turner, Kassi Ashton, Keith Urban, Kip Moore, Lauren Alaina, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Maddie & Tae, Parker McCollum, Sam Hunt, Shania Twain, Travis Denning and more!

    Audio / LINER Adam Hambrick (Christmas)

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    “Hey everybody! I’m Adam Hambrick, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

     

    Audio / LINER Adam Hambrick (Happy Holidays)

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    “Hey everybody! I’m Adam Hambrick. Happy Holidays.”

     

    Audio / LINER AJ (Christmas)

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    “Hi! This is Alan Jackson, and I’m wishing y’all a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Billy Currington (Happy Holiday Season)

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    “Hi! Billy Currington here, wishing you and your family a safe and Happy Holiday Season.”

    Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Christmas)

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    “Hey! This is T.J., and I’m John, and we are Brothers Osborne, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (Christmas)

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    “Hi! I’m Carrie Underwood, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Clare Dunn (Christmas)

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    “Hey! What’s up? This is Clare Dunn, hoping you have a Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Christmas)

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    “Hey y’all! What’s up? This is Darius Rucker, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Christmas)

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    “Hey! This is Dierks Bentley, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Eric Church (Christmas)

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    “Hey everybody! It’s Eric Church, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Gary Allan (Christmas)

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    “Hey! This is Gary Allan. Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER George Strait (Happy Holidays)

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    “Hey everybody! This is George Strait, wishing you and your family a Happy Holiday season.”



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    Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Merry Christmas)

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    “Hey! This is Jon Pardi, wishing you a Merry Christmas!”

    Audio / LINER Jordan Davis (Christmas)

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    “Hey! I’m Jordan Davis, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Josh Turner (Happy Holidays)

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    “Hey! I’m Josh Turner, wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday season.”

    Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (Christmas)

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    “Hey! This is Kacey Musgraves, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Christmas)

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    “Hi folks, this is Keith Urban, wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Holiday season)

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    “Hi everyone, this is Keith Urban, wishing you and all your family the very best this holiday season.”

    Audio / LINER Kip Moore (Christmas)

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    “Hey guys, this is Kip Moore, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Lauren Alaina (Christmas)

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    “Hey! This is Lauren Alaina, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER LBT (Christmas)

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    “Hey! We’re Little Big Town, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Christmas)

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    “Hey! It’s Luke Bryan, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Maddie & Tae (Christmas)

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    “Hi! We’re Maddie & Tae, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Mickey Guyton (Christmas)

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    “Hey! It’s Mickey Guyton, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”



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    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Christmas)

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    “Hey everybody! This is Sam Hunt, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Shania Twain (Christmas)

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    “Hi! This is Shania Twain, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

  • THANKSGIVING 2019: Liners

    Audio / LINER Adam Hambrick (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey I’m Adam Hambrick, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

     

    Audio / LINER AJ (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hi! This is Alan Jackson. I hope y’all have a very happy Thanksgiving out there.”

    Audio / LINER Billy Currington (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey Guys, I’m Billy Currington. Have a great Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Brandon Lay (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey y’all! This is Brandon Lay. Happy Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey! This is TJ, and this is John, and we’re wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!”

    Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hi! I’m Carrie Underwood, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Caylee Hammack (Thanksgiving)

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    Hey y’all This is Caylee Hammack, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Clare Dunn (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey! This is Clare Dunn, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!”

    Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey y’all! What’s up? This is Darius Rucker, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!”

    Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey! It’s Dierks Bentley! Happy Thanksgiving!”

    Audio / LINER Eric Church (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey folks! It’s Eric Church, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Gary Allan (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey guys! Gary Allan here. I just want to wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving, and have a Happy Holidays and make sure you’re safe out there. Drive safe. Party your butts off, but do it safe.”

    Audio / LINER George Strait (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hi! This is George Strait, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Hootie & the Blowfish (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey everybody, what’s up? We’re Hootie & the Blowfish, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Jon Langston (Thanksgiving)

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    Hey y’all, I’m Jon Langston, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.

    Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey! It’s Jon Pardi, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Jordan Davis (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey I’m Jordan Davis. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.”

    Audio / LINER Josh Turner (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey y’all I’m Josh Turner, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey! It’s Kacey Musgraves, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!”

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Thanksgiving)

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    “Happy Thanksgiving everybody. It’s Keith Urban here. I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all of you listening for your incredible love and support that I’ve received over the last year, and to wish you and all of your family all the very best for this holiday.”

    Audio / LINER Kip Moore (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey what’s up guys, this is Kip Moore wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Lauren Alaina (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey! This is Lauren Alaina, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!”

    Audio / LINER LBT (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey, we’re Little Big Town. Happy Thanksgiving!”

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey! It’s Luke Bryan, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!”

    Audio / LINER Maddie & Tae (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey everybody! I’m Maddie, and I’m Tae, and we’re Maddie & Tae, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Mickey Guyton (Happy Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey! It’s Mickey Guyton here, and I want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Parker McCollum (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey everybody. I’m Parker McCollum, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey everybody! This is Sam Hunt, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Travis Denning (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey y’all! It’s Travis Denning, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

     

  • HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH RETURN WITH FIRST ALBUM IN NEARLY 15 YEARS.

    Hootie & the Blowfish make a triumphant return today, Nov. 1, with the release of highly-anticipated album Imperfect Circle, their first in nearly 15 years. Named one of the “biggest albums to hear this season” by Entertainment Weekly and highlighted in The New York Times’ fall music preview, the album arrives on the heels of the band’s critically-acclaimed, sold-out Group Therapy Tour that played to nearly three-quarters of a million fans across the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Ireland this year. Stream and download the new album HERE.

    As Billboard praised in a feature chronicling the final leg of the tour in Europe, the album encourages “good times and easy-to-love music, sure, but also an incrementally more just and inclusive world for everyone — black, white and otherwise,” also noting that “Hootie now occupies an anomalous cultural space, residing on both Spotify’s Fresh Country and All Out 90s playlists as once-severe critical backlash has receded into general warm nostalgia [and] the band is seemingly at home in both realms.”

    To celebrate the album’s eagerly-awaited release, Hootie & the Blowfish stopped by “Good Morning America” earlier today, Nov. 1, for the live television debut of their current single, “Hold On.” Watch the full performance HERE and view the song’s recently released music video filmed in the band’s birthplace of South Carolina HERE.

    The band now travels to the West Coast for a series of appearances next week, beginning with a sold-out performance at L.A.’s iconic Troubadour on Monday, Nov. 4. The band will also perform on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Tuesday, Nov. 5, as well as “The Talk” on Wednesday, Nov. 6.

    For more information, visit www.Hootie.com, and 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 out now under a new record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville. The album’s lead single, “Hold On,” earned most-added distinction at Country radio upon its release and is currently climbing the charts.

    Audio / MARK BRYAN FROM HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH TALKS ABOUT THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PREVIOUS HOOTIE ALBUMS AND THEIR BRAND NEW ONE, IMPERFECT CIRCLE.

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    Hootie & the Blowfish (different from previous albums) OC: …in the songwriting. :23
    “I think one thing you might notice different is there’s 15 years since our last record, or 14 whatever it’s been, and as humans, we’ve grown to a place where our songwriting is going to be coming from a little bit different place, a little bit more experience, hopefully some more wisdom and just a place that we couldn’t have written from 15, 20 years ago. So, that might be a difference you’ll hear is just a maturity in the songwriting.”

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: Hootie, Carrie, LBT, Dierks, Maddie & Tae

    Hootie & the Blowfish are celebrating the release of Imperfect Circle, their first album in nearly 15 years, with multiple live appearances on national television. They appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday (November 1st), and they’ll head to the West Coast to perform on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday (November 5th) and The Talk on CBS on Wednesday (November 6th).

    Carrie Underwood has been tapped to co-host Live With Kelly & Ryan with her friend, Ryan Seacrest, on November 8th. The two first met during Season 4 of American Idol in 2005. Guests include Maura Tierney (The Affair, The Report) and Brian Cox (Succession, Good Omens).

    The members of Little Big Town are among the artists performing November 10th at Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium for the premiere of YouTube Originals documentary, The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to MusiCares. Midland, Cam and Devin Dawson are also scheduled to perform.

    Dierks Bentley and Darius Rucker are among the artists featured in the music video for Clint Black’s new video for “This Old House” filmed primarily at the Grand Ole Opry. Trace Adkins, Sara Evans, Michael Ray, Travis Tritt, Steve Wariner and Cody Jinks are also featured.

     

    And that’s a wrap for Carrie Underwood‘s Cry Pretty Tour 360 with Maddie & Tae and Runaway June. They wrapped the all-female tour Thursday night (October 31st) in Detroit.

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  • HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH READY NEW ALBUM, IMPERFECT CIRCLE.

    Hootie & the Blowfish are getting ready to release their new album, Imperfect Circle, on Friday (November 1st). Highlights on the album — their first in 15 years — include Lucie Silvas on “Wildfire Love,” which features Ed Sheeran as a co-writer, as well as Chris Stapleton’s penmanship on the only outside cut, “Hold On,” and Sheryl Crow on backing vocals throughout the album.

    “I think it’s cool that Imperfect Circle kind of has the same ring to it as Cracked Rear View where you’re looking back and you realize nobody’s journey is perfect, but here we are,” says guitarist Mark Bryan of the album’s name. “We’ve been playing together for thirty-something years and for us to be here and to be doing this tour, to be making a record, it just seems like Imperfect Circle was perfect,” adds Rucker.

    “There’s a lot of energy getting back in the studio to record Imperfect Circle,” says Jim “Soni” Sonefeld. “It was good to gather again, it had been some years. Just the energy felt so strong recording brand new music and we’re so proud of what we came up with.”

    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.”

    Catch the band performing on ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday (November 1st).

    Imperfect Circle Track Listing:
    1.   New Year’s Day (Hootie & the Blowfish, Tofer Brown, Eric Paslay and Jeff Trott)
    2.   Miss California* (Hootie & the Blowfish, Andrew DeRoberts and David Ryan Harris)
    3.   Wildfire Love (Featuring Lucie Silvas) (Hootie & the Blowfish, Joel Crouse, Kyle Rife and Ed Sheeran)
    4.   Hold On* (Jim Beavers and Chris Stapleton)
    5.   Turn It Up (Hootie & the Blowfish and Jeff Trott)
    6.   Not Tonight (Hootie & the Blowfish, Andrew DeRoberts and David Ryan Harris)
    7.   We Are One (Hootie & the Blowfish)
    8.   Everybody But You* (Hootie & the Blowfish and Frank Rogers)
    9.   Lonely On A Saturday Night (Hootie & the Blowfish, Eric Paslay and Jeff Trott)
    10. Why (Hootie & the Blowfish, Chris August and James Slater)
    11. Rollin’ (Hootie & the Blowfish, Adam Doleac, Zach Kale and John King)
    12. Half A Day Ahead (Hootie & the Blowfish)
    13. Change (Hootie & the Blowfish)
    Album Produced by Jeff Trott
    *Produced by Frank Rogers

    Audio / Jim "Soni" Sonefeld of Hootie & the Blowfish said the band experienced a lot of energy wen they went back into the studio together to record Imperfect Circle.

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    “There’s a lot of energy getting back in the studio to record Imperfect Circle. It was good to gather again, it had been some years. Just the energy felt so strong recording brand new music and we’re so proud of what we came up with.”

    Audio / Dean Felber of Hootie & the Blowfish says the band has a specific j sound, which is also present on their new album, Imperfect Circle.

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    Hootie & the Blowfish (HB sound) OC: …anything else. :25
    I mean the one thing we figured out through the years is that Hootie & the Blowfish sound is just what it is. We can take any song and it’s going to sound like us no matter what we try, and I think it turns out to be a great thing for us because it doesn’t limit us to a certain category of song or genre; it just allows us to kind of pick the songs that are the best songs and not worry about anything else.”

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Kacey, Little Big Town, Luke, Hootie & the Blowfish, Jon, Eric, Jordan

    Kacey Musgraves set the Guiness World Record for the world’s largest display of coloring pages on National Color Day (October 22nd) in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Mike Curb Conservatory in support of her Kacey Musgraves: All of the Colors exhibition.

    Little Big Town appear on the Kelly Clarkson Show on Monday (October 28th). Check local listings for time.

    Little Big Town unveil the video for their latest single, “Over Drinking,” on Tuesday (October 29th). The clip will star actress Michelle Monaghan (Mission Impossible, The Bourne Supremacy, True Detective).

    Luke Bryan chatted with Jimmy Fallon about being surprised with the ACM Album of the Decade Award at the Grand Ole Opry, American Idol and how his friends turned his live national anthem performance at the Super Bowl into a gambling extravaganza…AND he performed his brand new song, “What She Wants Tonight,” on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on a special football edition on Sunday (October 27th).

    Hootie & the Blowfish will perform their new single, “Hold On,” when they stop by ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday (November 1st).

    Jon Pardi has been announced as the support act for Garth Brooks’ concert at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on November 16th.

    Eric Church, Darius Rucker and Jordan Davis are among the artists scheduled for next year’s C2C: Country to Country Festival. The eighth annual festival, taking place in London, Glasgow and Dublin March 13th – 15th, will also feature performances by Old Dominion, Luke Combs, Brett Young, Charles Esten, Tanya Tucker, Eric Paslay, Runaway Jone, Tenille Townes and many more. Tickets go on sale Friday (November 1st).

     

  • HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH TO PERFORM AT L.A.’S ICONIC TROUBADOUR TO CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF IMPERFECT CIRCLE.

    Following a summer of sold-out shows at major arenas across the country, Hootie & the Blowfish will bring their new music to a much more intimate crowd at L.A.’s 500-capacity Troubadour with an exclusive show taking place Monday, November 4th.

    The show will feature music off forthcoming album Imperfect Circle, due out this Friday, November 1st, highlighted by Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times and more as one of this year’s most highly-anticipated albums.

    Tickets to the one-night-only event go on sale tomorrow (October 29th), at 10 a.m. local time at www.ticketfly.com. All tickets are WILL CALL ONLY and will be available for pickup night of show. No name changes, no transfers, no exceptions. Name on order must match the name on government-issued ID and credit card of purchase. Guest MUST go in with purchaser (NO EXCEPTIONS). There is a 2 TICKET LIMIT per customer/account/household. Any orders exceeding the stated ticket limit are subject to cancellation. Any orders placed for sole purpose of resale will be cancelled.

    The concert announcement follows the release of Hootie & the Blowfish’s first radio single in nearly 15 years, with “Hold On” climbing the charts at Country radio now and the band set to perform the song live on national television for the first time during ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Friday (November 1st).

    For more information, visit www.Hootie.com, and 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 sold-out 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. The album’s lead single, “Hold On,” earned most-added distinction at Country radio upon its release and is currently climbing the charts.