Darius Rucker is a superstar in the world of country music these days, but this weekend, he’ll reunite with the band that first brought him fame: Hootie and the Blowfish. The band’s annual reunion for charity is a treat for fans, but even though Darius hasn’t ruled out something more permanent, there’s no timetable for it right now.
“We play two shows in August every year,” Darius tells ABC Radio about Hootie. “And it sells out in minutes every time we do it, because it’s the only real time you can see us that’s a public appearance. Our other stuff we do is charity stuff.”
“It’s always fun,” he says of the reunion with his longtime friends and bandmates. “I mean, we always pick up right where we left off. The four of us are brothers, so that’s always pretty easy to do.”
The Friday and Saturday concerts at Volvo Car Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina will, as usual, whet fans’ appetites for a full-fledged Hootie and the Blowfish reunion.
“There’s that small loud contingent that’s asking…when we’re gonna do it again,” Darius laughs. “You know, someday. Someday, when we all know it’s right, we’ll do it again.”
But it sounds like Darius doesn’t necessarily mean anytime soon.
“You know, life’s going pretty good for everybody right now, so we’re not really dying to get back together and do a tour or anything like that,” he says frankly. “But, you know, someday.” (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)
The two concerts this weekend raise money for Hootie’s Homegrown Roundup, which helps prepare children in the Charleston area for another school year.
Meanwhile, Darius’ new country album When Was the Last Time is due October 20.