Hootie & The Blowfish Give Back With Three-Night Homecoming U.S. Finale In Columbia, S.C.
Hootie & the Blowfish has partnered with Central Carolina Community Foundation for an initiative that’s being called “HootieGives.”
The South Carolina band will wrap up the North American leg of their highly-successful Group Therapy Tour in their hometown of Columbia, using the three-night stand for charity. Each concert night in Columbia will have a special theme and beneficiary charities.
- Wednesday, September 11th will benefit military personnel and first responders via the 9/11 Remembrance Foundation of South Carolina.
- Thursday, September 12th will be a school supply drive to aid Richland County Public Education Partners and SC Ed.
- Friday, September 13th will be a food drive supporting the Harvest Hope Food Bank.
Fans attending Thursday night will be encouraged to bring school supplies to “fill the bus” at the front doors. Then, on Friday, nonperishable food items will be collected. Monetary donations will be accepted at all arena entry points on all three nights.
Those interested can also donate online at hootiegives.org, by texting SCHEROES, SCSCHOOLS or HARVEST or by mailing a check to Central Carolina Community Foundation, 2142 Boyce Street, Suite 402, Columbia, SC 29201.
The members of Hootie & the Blowfish are known for giving back through their charity foundation. The band typically hosts an annual Charleston “Homegrown concert” in tandem with a school supply drive. This time around, they’ll be matching all monetary donations made through Friday, September 20th up to $20,000 per beneficiary.
The band takes their show to the U.K. & Ireland next month. The trek coincides with the 25th anniversary of the band’s breakthrough album, Cracked Rear View, now certified 21-times Platinum.
Hootie & The Blowfish took a break from full-time touring in 2007, reuniting annually for a variety of philanthropic events while also pursuing solo projects. 2019 marked the band’s first full-time touring year in over a decade as they embarked on the Group Therapy Tour ahead of Imperfect Circle, their first album in nearly 15 years due out November 1st under a new record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville.
The band’s Mark Bryan explains that things have changed since their earlier albums – including “some maturity” in their songwriting:
“I think one thing you might notice different is there’s 15 years since our last record, or 14 years or whatever it’s been. And as humans we’ve grown to a place where our songwriting is going to come from a little bit different place, a little more experience, hopefully a little more wisdom, and I don’t know, a place that we couldn’t have written from 15, 20 years ago. So, that might be a difference that you’ll hear is just some maturity in the songwriting.” (OC: …the songwriting) [:23]
Hootie & the Blowfish have shared the first taste of Imperfect Circle with the single “Rollin’,” now available at all digital retailers and streaming platforms. The song was written by Hootie & the Blowfish together with Adam Doleac, Zach Kale and John King.
Imperfect Circle’s tracklisting also features highlights including a Lucie Silvas feature on “Wildfire Love,” which features Ed Sheeran as a co-writer, as well as Chris Stapleton’s penmanship on “Hold On,” and Sheryl Crow on backing vocals throughout the album.
Hootie & the Blowfish were founded in the late 80s by Darius Rucker, guitarist Mark Bryan, bassist Dean Felber and drummer Jim “Soni” Sonefeld while the four were students at the University of South Carolina.