Hootie & The Blowfish To Release First New Album In Nearly 15 Years
A new Hootie & the Blowfish album is coming this fall. Imperfect Circle, the first new album from Hootie &…
Hootie & the Blowfish; Photo by Todd & Chris Owyoung
A new Hootie & the Blowfish album is coming this fall.
Imperfect Circle, the first new album from Hootie & the Blowfish in nearly 15 years, arrives via Capitol Nashville on November 1. The record is the follow-up to the band’s Looking For Lucky album, which was released August 9, 2005.
Lead vocalist Darius Rucker says the band plans to continue to do what they do best on the album: create music that makes people feel good.
“I think a lot of people do use our music as an escape,” Rucker, 55, tells USA Today. “We’re not preachers. We’re not gonna come out and tell you what we think is right or that the world is messed up. That’s not us. We might think about it but we’re not gonna sing about it.”
According to the publication, Imperfect Circle will feature a number of special guests, including Sheryl Crow and Lucie Silvas, as well as a writing credit from pop superstar Ed Sheeran.
The news of the album comes as Hootie & the Blowfish are in midst of their wildly popular Group Therapy Tour. The tour runs through October 16 and finds the iconic band visiting cities such as New York, Detroit and Nashville before they hop across the pond for a run of dates in Ireland, England and Scotland.
Featuring vocals from Darius Rucker and harmonies of guitarist Mark Bryan, bassist Dean Felber and drummer Jim “Soni” Sonefeld, Hootie & the Blowfish is one of the best-selling bands in history. Their 1994 debut, Cracked Rear View, is now certified 21x Platinum (equivalent to 21 million certified units sold). The band reunited earlier this year after a decade-long hiatus (with the exception of the occasional charity show) and fans have welcomed them back with open arms.
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