Tuesday, August 2, 2005

Country Music Rooted In Hootie

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It’s been 10 years since Hootie And The Blowfish blew onto the music scene and now the group is hooking country music fans as much as rockers.

That’s what Darius Rucker discovered while working on Looking For Lucky, the band’s first album in two years.

Band members decided to work with outside songwriters for the first time in their career, including a lot of Nashville’s best and brightest tunesmiths.

Rucker was surprised by how many country musicians considered him an influence but figures it’s because his songs, like country music, deal with real life.

As he puts it, “If you put a steel guitar on them, they sound like country songs.”

Looking For Lucky hits stores next Tuesday (Aug. 9), and while Rucker says it’s one of the best Blowfish albums ever, he has no illusions about selling 11 million records like their debut, Cracked Rear View.

In his words, “That will never happen again. These days, we just make records so we can tour.”

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