Hootie & The Blowfish

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With Looking for Lucky, their first new studio album in two years, Hootie & the Blowfish are ready to begin a brand new chapter in their already illustrious history. After spending most of the last year on the road supporting their Best of Hootie & the Blowfish: 1993 - 2003 compilation, the band was ready for some new challenges. "In the past, when we wrote a record, the usual method was to get together, throw all our ideas in a pile and pick out the best songs," explained Mark Bryan, the band's lead guitarist. "We usually start with 20 or 30 tunes, and after 20 years we pretty much work with one mind. We wondered what would happen if we brought in a few friends to do some writing and playing. We wanted to see if we could push things in a new direction."

To that end the group - Mark Bryan, guitars, mandolin, background vocals; Dean Felber, bass guitar, background vocals; Darius Rucker, lead vocals, guitar and Jim "Soni" Sonefeld, drums, percussion, background vocals - chose to record in Nashville. With the help of producer and old friend Don Gehman who also helmed Cracked Rear View, Fairweather Johnson and Musical Chairs not to mention his work with R.E.M. and John Mellencamp, they started work on their new studio set by inviting some of Nashville's A-list songwriters and session players, as well as friends from the Carolinas, New Orleans and New York, along for the ride. The collaborative songwriting that ensued moved Hootie and the Blowfish in several new directions, without diluting their signature good time sound.

Collaborators on Looking for Lucky include songwriters Matraca Berg ("Strawberry Wine," "Wild Angels"), Keith Burns (from Trick Pony), Radney Foster ("Just Call Me Lonesome"), Hank Futch (from South Carolina's roots rock band Blue Dogs), Derek George, Walter Salas Humara (from New York City's Silos), Phillip Lammonds (ex-Blue Dog and current singer/songwriter), Paul Sanchez (from Cowboy Mouth) and old recording friend Nick "the X factor" Brophy, who also added drum loops and guitar effects that helped shape the album's overall sound

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