About Hootie & The Blowfish
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If there are four better friends in the music business than the four members of Hootie and the Blowfish, we don’t know about them. The four members, Darius Rucker, Dean Felber, Jim Sonefeld, and Mark Bryan, are one of the most impressive and long-lasting groups of musical friends there is today.
Not only are they great friends, but they’re great at making music, and always have been. They have an ear for talent and a knack for knowing exactly what kind of songs their audience wants to hear. That’s not an unfounded claim – the group has sold over 25 million records worldwide, something not very many people can claim.
The University of South Carolina: Hootie’s Birthplace
When we said they have an ear for talent we were explicitly talking about guitarist Mark Bryan. He’s the one that heard Darius Rucker (who also has a successful individual career) singing in the shower and invited him to sing with him, once he was clothed, of course.
The duo initially called themselves “The Wolf” but changed to Hootie and the Blowfish once they added Dean and Jim to the band. That was 1989 – years before they would get their big break and wrongly be deemed an “overnight” success.
From Frat Parties to Sold Out Stages
Once the band consisted of all four men and they had some original songs down, they started performing at local events. Frat parties, open mics, birthday parties, if there was a microphone, they’d be there. It was that dedication and practice that allowed them to put out their debut album “Cracked Rear View” in 1994.
That album, alone, made up 16 million of their 25 million album sales. It is their most successful singular album to date. That’s not to say that it’s their own album or their only good one! You can hear selections from their whole discography by seeing them in person.
What is Hootie and the Blowfish’s music style?
This band mainly makes music in the rock genre, they have been known to try out different branches of rock such as folk and pop-rock.
What are Hootie and the Blowfish’s greatest hits?
With such an incredible career it's not easy to pick Hootie and the Blowfish’s greatest hits. We've listed just 10 of their absolute greatest hits - is your favorite here?
- Hannah Jane
- State Your Peace
- I Go Blind
- Not Even the Trees
- Hold My Hand
- I Will Wait
- Let Her Cry
- Will the Circle Be Unbroken? / Desert Mountain Showdown
- Running From an Angel
Has Hootie and the Blowfish won any music awards?
From the AMA’s to the Grammy’s, and even the MTV Music Awards, Hootie and the Blowfish have been nominated and won a number of awards over the years. To name a few, they won the AMA’s Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist, Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, and Best New Artist.
What has influenced Hootie and the Blowfish’s music?
Their wide range of taste in music influences them when creating their own music.
Does Hootie and the Blowfish write their own songs?
Yes, they do! They are credited in writing most of their songs.