More About Hootie & The Blowfish

Hootie & the Blowfish is an American rock band that was formed in Columbia, South Carolina in 1986. The band’s lineup for most of its existence has been the quartet of Darius Rucker, Mark Bryan, Dean Felber and Jim Sonefeld. The band has been on a break since around 2008 but announced plans for a full reunion tour in 2019.

As of July 2010, the band had charted sixteen singles on various Billboard singles charts and recorded five studio albums. Their debut album, Cracked Rear View (1994), is the 19th-best-selling album of all time in the United States, and was certified platinum 21 times. They have sold over 21 million copies of their albums in the United States. The group was also popular in Canada, having three number-one singles in the country.

On December 3, 2018, the band announced the 44-city Group Therapy Tour with Barenaked Ladies in 2019 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the release of Cracked Rear View. The tour is slated to begin on May 30, 2019 in Virginia Beach and end on September 13 in their hometown of Columbia, South Carolina. They have also signed a new record deal with UMG Nashville and will release a single in the spring of 2019 followed by a new studio album in the summer. Two songs have been referenced to be the lead-off single as of May, 2019 “Tiebreaker”and “Worn Out Shoes (Brand New Soul)”.

Contrasting with the sound of their grunge contemporaries, the band’s music was described as “a mainstream pop variation of blues-rock” with “equal parts of jam band grooves and MOR pop.” The band’s sound was also described as heartland rock, roots rock and jangle pop.

Hootie & The Blowfish 2019 Tour Dates

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
Aug. 2 — Guilford, N.H. @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Aug. 3 — Mansfield, Mass. @ Xfinity Center
Aug. 4 — Saratoga Springs, N.Y. @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug. 8 — Columbia, Md. @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
Aug. 9 — Canandaigua, N.Y. @ Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC
Aug. 10 — New York, N.Y. @ Madison Square Garden
Aug. 16 — Detroit, Mich. @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 17 — Noblesville, Ind. @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Aug. 18 — Des Moines, Iowa @ Iowa State Fair
Aug. 22 — St. Paul, Minn. @ Minnesota State Fair
Aug. 23 — East Troy, Wis. @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Aug. 24 — Tinley Park, Ill. @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug. 29 — Toronto, Ont. @ Budweiser Stage
Aug. 30 — Hershey, Pa. @ Hersheypark Stadium
Aug. 31 — Hartford, Conn.@ Xfinity Theatre
Sept. 5 — Charlotte, N.C. @ PNC Music Pavilion
Sept. 6 — Birmingham, Ala. @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Sept. 7 — Nashville, Tenn. @ Bridgestone Arena
Sept. 13 — Columbia, S.C. @ Colonial Life Arena