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We're on tour with Hootie & The Blowfish.

Captain Carney is behind the music with the country music kings and Patrick Davis.  We're always thrilled to get a call from Tour Manager Mike Kelly and were made up to be invited along for some Group Therapy with Darius Rucker, Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Jim SonefieldPeter Holsapple and Garry Murray also rocking the UK and Ireland.

Backstage before a full house at Hammersmith Apollo the guys were watching the Gamecocks v Bulldogs game.  Getting schooled in NCAA Football Carney said, "D taught me about American Football and his team won.  I think he was happy."  Gamecocks won 20-17 and the video of Darius, Dean, Jim, Mark, Patrick and the crew raising the roof has now gone viral.

NCAA Football (National Collegiate Athletic Association) is huge in the states and this was a high noon showdown between the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Georgia Bulldogs.  

Watch the videolightbox[lifestyle 320 180]Gamecocks Win::

Carney first filmed with the band in 2016 when he flew out to the US for the HomeGrown concert in Charleston, SC. Hootie And The Blowfish's annual concert raises money for local schools, as part of their foundation's work.  

The 2019 Group Therapy tour has already stopped in Dublin, Bristol, Leeds and will be rocking Glasgow tonight before bringing some country to London, Manchester and Birmingham.

Rucker and Bryan were in hall together at the University of South Carolina, where Rucker studied journalism.  The pair started a band after Bryan heard Rucker singing Billy Joel in the shower.  It was originally called The Wolf Brothers, but after a couple of beers one night Darius renamed it after friends Ervie "Hootie" Harris and Donald "Blowfish" Feaster with whom he sang in the Carolina Alive choir.

By the time they graduated, endless gigs at frat parties and local bars had built a major local buzz. “We’d started adding original material to our repertoire,” Bryan recalled. “Our songs went over well, so we decided to see if we could make a career out of it. Even if we hadn’t had a hit, I know we’d still be making music today, because it’s exactly what we want to be doing.”

Hootie & The Blowfish built a following in the early-'90 playing lots of small venues in the South Carolina area. They made enough money at shows to finance an EP called Kootchypop, which they sold in 1993. A scout for Atlantic Records named Tim Sommer came to see them perform two shows later that year, and signed them on Halloween, 1993. Their first album, Cracked Rear View, was released on July 5, 1994 and went on to become the best selling album in the history of Atlantic Records.

Hootie's new album Imperfect Circle drops on November 1st.