Hootie & the Blowfish have today (23) released a new holiday-themed track, “Won’t Be Home For Christmas,” featuring Abigail Hodges. It’s the band’s tribute to military service members and their families.
Composed by the band themselves, the track is inspired by the idea of a young daughter who is missing her father as he is deployed overseas with the holiday season approaching. The opening lyric says: “Dear Santa Claus, I write to you because I don’t want toys this year/I just want my daddy here/He’s gone to fight in the war, he’s a sergeant in the corps/My mommy says he makes the world a safer place/But I’m scared for him now ’cause he’s not coming home for Christmas/We will talk on the phone but he won’t be home for Christmas.”
“Abigail is actually the daughter of David Hodges, who’s an awesome producer here in Nashville,” says Hootie frontman Darius Rucker. “She did a great job of adding that perspective to this song and really bringing the lyrics to life.”
“A tough time for military members”
Guitarist Mark Bryan adds: “We feel very fortunate to have the freedom to enjoy the holidays with our families, however we know that isn’t the case for everyone. Whether they’re deployed overseas or stationed far away from their families, this can be a tough time for military members. We wanted to really pay tribute to that sacrifice and thank these men and women for everything they do to keep us safe.”
The release comes as Rucker, in his solo country career, makes great strides with his single “Beers and Sunshine.” The song is currently at No.20 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart and No.31 on Hot Country Songs. Rucker will be on duty at the 54th Annual CMA Awards, where he is co-hosting with Reba McEntire. The show takes place on November 11 and will air in the US from 8pm-11pmEST on ABC.