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Hits include:

  • I Go Blind
  • Only Wanna Be With You
  • Time
  • Hold My Hand
  • I Will Wait
  • Let Her Cry
  • Old Man and Me (When I Get To Heaven)
  • One Love
  • Tucker’s Town
  • Hey Hey What Can I Do
  • Get Out of My Mind
  • Drowning
  • Goodbye Girl
  • Innocence
  • Only Lonely
  • Sad Caper

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Roster: Pop/Soft Rock

Roster: A-List Pop/Soft Rock

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Roster: Grammy winners

Darius Rucker, Dean Felber, Jim Sonefeld, Mark Bryan

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GRAMMY award-winning Hootie & the Blowfish is an American rock band formed in Columbia, South Carolina in 1986.The band, has won two Grammy Awards, sixteen singles on various Billboard charts, and released six 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. The band is known for its three Top 10 singles: “Hold My Hand” (1994), “Let Her Cry” (1994), and “Only Wanna Be with You” (1995).

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The band’s history dates back to their early years in Columbia, South Carolina, when they met in the mid-1980s. They later collaborated with bassist Dean Felber and drummer Brantley Smith, adopting the name Hootie & the Blowfish. The band’s lineup has remained consistent ever since.

In 1993, they released a self-released EP, Kootchypop, and signed to Atlantic Records in August 1993.

The band’s mainstream debut album, Cracked Rear View, was certified platinum in the United States in January 1995 and rose to 12× platinum by January 1996, 16× platinum by March 1999, and 21× platinum in May 2019.

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The album featured four hits, including “Hold My Hand,” “Let Her Cry,” “Only Wanna Be with You,” and “Time.” However, the album’s last single, “Drowning,” was not as successful as its predecessors.

In the mid-1990s, the band performed for North Carolina Army National Guard Soldiers and their family members during the NCARNG Welcome Home Celebration Day.

The group covered the 1968 Orpheus hit “Can’t Find the Time” for the soundtrack of the Jim Carrey movie Me, Myself & Irene (2000).

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The band released a B-sides and rarities compilation titled Scattered, Smothered and Covered (2000), in tribute to Waffle House, a popular Southern chain of all-night diners. In 2003, the band released a self-titled album and Looking for Lucky in 2005.

In 2008, Darius Rucker announced that the band would go on hiatus for several years to pursue a solo career as a country music performer.

In 2009, the band performed live in a ballet chronicling their rise and success in the 1990s. Rucker went on to record solo albums Learn to Live, Charleston, SC 1966, True Believers, Home for the Holidays, and Southern Style.

In 2019, the band announced the 44-city Group Therapy Tour with Barenaked Ladies to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the release of, Cracked Rear View. They signed a new record deal with UMG Nashville.

Also in 2019, the band’s sixth studio album, Hootie and the Blowfish, was released.

Similar artists you might consider for booking include Better Than Ezra, Blues Traveler, Counting Crows, Natalie Merchant, Sheryl Crow, Dispatch, Barenaked Ladies, Gin Blossoms and Pearl Jam.


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