Hootie & the Blowfish released their debut, Cracked Rear View, in 1994, to critical and commercial success, going platinum almost instantly. On the strength of the hits “Hold My Hand,” Only Wanna Be With You,” Let Her Cry,” and “Time,” the album eventually went platinum sixteen times over, and earned the band a Grammy for Best New Artist. Fairweather Johnson followed in 1996, and additional studio albums followed: Musical Chairs (1998), Hootie & the Blowfish (2003), Looking for Lucky (2005), and the compilation and live albums, Scattered, Smothered and Covered (2000), The Best of Hootie & the Blowfish (2004), and Live in Charleston (2006.) Hootie & the Blowfish look forward to future album releases and tours in the coming years. In 2008, Hootie & the Blowfish went on hiatus so that Rucker could pursue a solo career in country music. While they did not disband, and maintained plans for continued albums and tours together, for the next few years Hootie & the Blowfish limited their appearances to charity performances, of which there have been many. The entire band spent October of 2005 working in New Orleans for the reconstruction efforts, building houses. They toured each year with the USO, visiting American troops overseas, and performed for the Animal Mission, raising funds for shelter animals in South Carolina.
Hootie & the Blowfish Song List
- “Only Wanna Be With You”
- “Let Her Cry”
- “Old Man & Me (When I Get To Heaven)”