Rucker - vocals / acoustic guitars.
Mark Bryan - guitars.
Dean Felder - bassist.
Jim "Soni" Sonefeld - drums.
Hootie and the Blowfish formed at the University of South
Carolina in the late 1980s and slowly built up a following
in the Southeast through numerous bar and college
appearances. With a mellow pop-rock sound -- inspired
mainly by R.E.M. and the Steve Miller Band -- designed to
appeal to the masses, Hootie was picked up by Atlantic
Records in 1993, before they had even released a
full-length album. Hootie and the Blowfish are one of the
most commercially successful adult contemporary groups to
emerge from the mid-'90s. Millions of fans throughout the
world purchased Hootie's major-label debut, Cracked
Rear View, and its 1996 follow-up, Fairweather
by Don Gehman, Hootie's 1994 major-label debut Cracked
Rear View took the music world by storm, reaching No.
1 and selling 15 million copies in the U.S. The album
spawned the international hits "Hold My Hand,"
"Let Her Cry" and "Only Wanna Be With
You." After touring extensively, the quartet returned
to the studio and recorded 1996's Fairweather Johnson,
which sold a relatively mere two million copies.
latest album, Musical Chairs, was released on
Atlantic in the fall of '98.