When Darius Rucker was approached about the possible return to his roots, he didn’t blow off the question.
The rock artist turned country music sensation was originally the front man for Grammy Award winning Hootie & The Blowfish. Hootie formed in 1986 on the campus of The University of South Carolina at Columbia, where Rucker, Mark Bryan, Dean Felber and Jim Sonefeld attended. It was in 1994 that they came into popularity with the release of Cracked Rear View. The album charted four, Top 20 hits in the United States, ultimately going platinum 16 times, ultimately earning the distinction of best-selling album of 1995. It is considered one of the best selling debut albums of all time.
Rucker announced the launch of his solo career in 2008 and has since achieved accolades from Nashville as a country music artist. His second solo album Learn to Live reached platinum in 2009.
Hootie & The Blowfish never broke-up. In fact, the band still performs together at least four times a year for their charity endeavors. Rucker told Contactmusic.com in 2008 that he would consider bringing Hootie and the Blowfish back to the studio after he has recorded, “three or four country records.”
Rucker’s 2013 release True Believers is his fourth country music album.