Man I’m not gonna lie… one of my first musical memories pops up in one Hootie and the Blowfish cassette from broken rear view, I’ll take this toy guitar and pretend I’m a rock star in my bedroom.
I must have been about five years old, Hootie & the Blowfish was at the top of their game and MTV and VH1 were still playing music videos… what a time to be alive.
Darius Rücker, The Hootie frontman eventually went on to have a successful solo career as a country artist, but was quoted as saying “Let Her Cry” was probably the first country song he ever wrote.
Released in December 1994 as the second single from the band’s debut album, Cracked rear view, the song was a huge hit around the world, reaching the top 5 in countries like Australia, Canada, Iceland and the United States. The song also won a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group in 1996.
And yes, it’s a damn good country song when you think about it.
But just wait until you hear the bluegrass version…
In the early ’90s, when Hootie was topping the charts, the band happened to stop at this little grill joint near Houston, Texas called Hickory Hollow, where a bluegrass band was on stage. And for some reason the band felt like Darius and company were playing in a band, so Tootsie (the lead singer) invited them on stage.
Having no idea who they were, they handed their instruments over to two guys from what was then one of the biggest bands in the world.
According to the man who took the video, the whole thing was completely off the cuff:
“1994-95 Hootie & the Blowfish was booked at Fitzgerald’s in Houston. Earlier that night the members were eating and enjoying some live bluegrass when a lady on stage noticed them and called them out.
She had no idea who they were (almost nobody in town knew), but somehow she sensed they were musicians. This was at a time when you couldn’t turn on the radio or walk through a mall without hearing them.
She invited them on stage and that’s what happened.”
Speaking of hooties…
This is how every Darius Rucker concert should be…
love me something Key & Peele.
The Comedy Central show starring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele has featured more than a few sketch comedy classics, but this one always made me laugh.
Originally released in 2012, right at the height of his solo fame, the premise is really simple…is Darius Rucker Hootie or not?
https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2022/08/01/old-90s-footage-surfaces-of-darius-rucker-jumping-on-stage-at-texas-bbq-joint-for-a-bluegrass-performance-of-let-her-cry/ Old ’90s Footage Surfaces Of Darius Rucker Jumping On Stage At Texas BBQ Joint For A Bluegrass Performance Of “Let Her Cry”