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Hootie & The Blowfish Reunite for Universal Music Group Nashville's CRS Showcase: Watch

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Hootie & the Blowfish pose for a portrait at the University of South Carolina on Nov. 16, 2018 in Columbia, S.C. 

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Hootie & The Blowfish gave both a glimpse into the future and a look backward at Universal Music Group Nashville’s 10th annual Team UMG at the Ryman luncheon during Nashville’s Country Radio Seminar Feb. 14. 

While Hootie frontman Darius Rucker, a Capitol Nashville Records artist, was listed to play the concert, which featured performances from more than a dozen UMGN acts, the reunion with his former bandmates was a surprise to the radio programmers who filled the pews at country’s Mother Church.

The group, which also includes original members Mark Bryan, Jim “Soni” Sonefeld and Dean Felber, performed “Only Wanna Be With You,” and “Hold My Hand.” Both songs were featured on the band’s 1994 debut, Cracked Rear View, which has sold more than 10 million copies in the U.S. alone, according to the Recording Industry Assn. of America.

While Rucker has enjoyed a long and prosperous career as a country artist since Hootie & The Blowfish went on hiatus in 2007, the band appearance served as a preview of what’s to come on the Group Therapy tour, the group’s first full tour in more than a decade. Hootie & The Blowfish are also making a new album for UMGN.

The event provided plenty of other striking moments, including show opener Little Big Town’s debut of “For the Daughters,” a beautiful, yet pointed, song about the role that society puts many young women in as compliant “good girls.” It included the lyrics “Say what you mean just as long as you nod your head with your lipstick on / And pose like a trophy on a shelf and dream for everyone but not yourself / I've heard of God the son and God the father / I'm just looking for a God for the daughters.”

The female theme continued with Kassi Ashton. Instead of singing “Violins,” whose video was released yesterday, Ashton performed new song “Pretty Shiny Things, a biting anthem that included the lyrics "Put your makeup on, girl / stand up straight / your face will take you farther than your brain / you oughta know by now that beauty is pain.”

Other performers appearing at the showcase included Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton, Jordan Davis, Travis Denning, Adam Hambrick, Caylee Hammack, Brandon Lay and Maddie & Tay.

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