Darius Rucker, first known as the frontman of Hootie & the Blowfish, has established himself as one of the top country music acts over the past for years, but he says that his first band hasn’t broken up, and they will record and tour again, though he didn’t give a specific timeline.
“There’s one more Hootie record and tour that we’re going to do,” he tells Billboard magazine, though he adds that, “I don’t know when, because country music is my day job – it’s what I want to do.”
He says that the band has two shows scheduled for August, and that the band still plays together.
“We’ll probably always be a band,” he said. “We’ve got two shows in August, and we do about four or five dates a year. We’ll do another album and tour for a year, then I’ll be right back to this music.”
And though Hootie & the Blowfish was known as a rock band, Rucker says that if they had formed today, they would have more of a country sound.
“I think if we came out today, we would have to change the instrumentation on a few songs and rewrite a few songs,” he said. “We’d have to be a country band today. I though we were as close to country music as you could be then. That’s why I thought when I started doing my country records that I wasn’t’ doing anything different.
In fact, Rucker says that many fans of his country music probably enjoyed his band’s biggest hit, Cracked Rear View, which is one of the best selling albums of all time.
“I think a lot of people who have listened to Hootie & the Blowfish back in the ‘90s have migrated to country music now, so that doesn’t surprise me at all.”