HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH
JUNE 27TH | BETHEL WOODS CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Few bands loom larger in the collective memory of the ’90s than Hootie & the Blowfish, the unforgettably-named roots rockers behind decade classics like “Only Wanna Be with You” and “Time.” Combining heartland rock and pop sensibility, the band’s 1994 debut album Cracked Rear View went 16 times platinum, landing five singles on the charts and becoming the top-selling album of 1995. In 2014, the band will reunite on stage to celebrate 20 years since their landmark debut, treating fans at select tour dates to their greatest hits as well as new material from their highly anticipated reunion album.
Formed by four University of South Carolina freshmen in 1986, Hootie & the Blowfish released several demo EPs before launching to superstardom with their chart-topping 1994 debut Cracked Rear View. Singer Darius Rucker’s iconic baritone became an ubiquitous presence on ’90s airwaves as songs like “Let Her Cry” and “Hold My Hand” climbed the charts, eventually making the debut the top-selling album of 1995. After picking up Best New Artist at the 1996 Grammys, the quartet once again landed at No. 1 with sophomore album Fairweather Johnson, appearing on MTV Unplugged in support of the album’s release. Following the 2005 release of Looking for Lucky, the group disbanded, announcing reunion shows in 2014 to the delight of fans around the world.