Hootie & the Blowfish have shared the track ‘Rollin” from their upcoming reunion album Imperfect Circle, due on 1 November via Capitol Nashville. UK release will be on Snakefarm Records.
The album will feature the multi-million-selling band’s new co-writes with Ed Sheeran and Chris Stapleton. The preview track arrives as Hootie & the Blowfish complete their Group Therapy tour with Barenaked Ladies, which concludes on 13 September before Hootie cross the Atlantic for a UK and Irish tour.
Frontman Darius Rucker, who has thus returned to the group fold following a decade of massive success in country music, tells Billboard: “We still like to make records. We’re stoked to write songs together. If we’re gonna get together and do it for a year and go out and tour and do all that stuff, then let’s make a record. Let’s do it now and have fun doing it and do it the right way. That was always part of it.”
Imperfect Circle is produced by Rucker’s longtime collaborator Frank Rogers and by Jeff Trott, who co-wrote three songs on it with the band. After the new album and completion of Hootie’s live dates, Rucker is planning a return to his country career, which has yielded five albums since 2008’s Learn To Live and brought him countless hits and Grammy and CMA Awards. His most recent set, 2017’s When Was The Last Time, contained the No. 1 airplay hits ‘If I Told You’ and ‘For The First Time.’
In an earlier statement about the band’s return to live action, Rucker said: “We always felt there would be another tour, and it was just about timing. We’re not doing this for us. We’re doing it for those people who used to plan their vacations around the Hootie & the Blowfish tour. And we can’t wait to see them again.”