For the past few years, Darius Rucker has been tearing up the country music charts as a solo artist, but his band Hootie & the Blowfishnever really broke up. And one day, says Darius, they do plan to return.
Darius tells Billboard, “There’s one more Hootie record and tour that we’re going to do.” Unfortunately, he adds, “I don’t know when, because country music is my day job — it’s what I want to do.”
Hootie does continue to perform several dates each year, though — they have some dates booked in August, for example. Darius says, “We’ll probably always be a band…We’ll do another album and tour for a year, then I’ll be right back to [country] music.”
In fact, Darius says that if Hootie & the Blowfish were just beginning today, “We’d have to be a country band.” He explains, “I thought 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.”
Meanwhile, says Darius, he’s continually surprised to hear that Hootie’s music has made a huge impact on some of the younger artists he hangs out with. He notes that when he first met Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, “He sent me a video of him at thirteen with his brother Josh and one of their friends, and they’re playing ‘Hold My Hand’…it’s amazing to me.”
For now, Darius is gearing up to release a new country single called “True Believers.” It’s the lead release from his upcoming third country album, due out in the coming months.
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