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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