'90s hitmakers Hootie and the Blowfish are back

Jon Bream, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on

Published in Entertainment News

In 2019, where does Hootie's new music fit in?

"I have no idea," he said. "When you hear it, you tell me, man. We're a rock band."

Maybe so, but the group is signed to UMG Nashville, a country label.

That Hootie and the Blowfish is making a big comeback in 2019, the same year another '90s icon, Tiger Woods, rebounded to win the Masters Tournament, is not lost on Rucker, a close friend of Woods.

"It's felt like 1997," Rucker said, referring to the year of Woods' first Masters championship.

Rucker sounds happy -- for himself, his bandmates and their fans.

Who needs this tour more -- the band or the fans?


"Wow! Good question," he said. "I think we needed it for us. Because we've gone through ups and downs. I don't know if needed is the word. We wanted it. The fans who have been coming to see us have been crazy.

"Yeah," he said with a pause, "we needed it."

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