Hootie & the Blowfish on a Group Therapy Tour
If you’re a fan of the 1990s, Hootie & the Blowfish reached their peak during this decade with hits like “Hold My Hand,” “Let Her Cry” and “Only Wanna Be With You.” These songs sold millions of records and launched an illustrious career; however, it took them nearly a decade before they came together again as one cohesive unit.
The four-time Grammy-winning band is currently on a group therapy tour across North America to support their 25th anniversary album Cracked Rear View, with special guests Barenaked Ladies joining them as special guests.
On Saturday night, they performed to a sold-out audience at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville – taking fans down memory lane with songs that have been beloved of fans for decades. Throughout the performance, there was also an expansive screen showing vintage images from their time together as well as photos of them as young members.
On this evening’s set list were many of the band’s biggest hits, such as “Hold My Hand” and “Let Her Cry.” Plus, they included some brand-new songs from their 2019 album for added audience participation.
Throughout the night, there were plenty of smiles from the audience as they appreciated both bands and their music. Everyone was thoroughly enjoying themselves, singing along to every lyric with enthusiasm.
Darius Rucker, Mark Bryan, Dean Felber and Jim Sonefeld worked well together onstage. Their harmonies were a huge draw for the crowd, with their tightness evident on each song.
Their musical talent and mastery of multiple instruments – bass guitar, keyboard, drums and banjo – were on full display as they seamlessly transitioned between styles. Their enthusiasm was contagious, with a medley featuring Lady Gaga, Led Zeppelin, Little Nas X and Queen being one of the highlights of the evening.
They had the crowd jumping from their seats to the floor in excitement during “Hold My Hand.” Everyone was on their feet from the moment they began playing. This medley served as the perfect way to cap off an incredible show that left everyone feeling nostalgic for the past and eager for what’s to come from the band in the future.
As Rucker strumming through the opening notes of “Hold My Hand,” he couldn’t help but smile and the audience joined in, singing along loudly and swaying to the tune. It was truly one of Rucker’s life’s greatest moments; a moment to cherish for evermore.
Darius Rucker and the band returned to concert after an era of uncertainty; this tour offered them a chance to reconnect with fans and prove they still have some fire in them after all these years. While it’s difficult to predict where their careers will take them, this tour served as an opportunity for them to reconnect with old fans while demonstrating they still have some spark inside them after all these years.