Hootie & The Blowfish are back!!!! This summer the band will join forces with Barenaked Ladies for the sprawling 44-date North American "Group Therapy" tour, and have announced a new band record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville. The band's upcoming sixth album will be the followup to 2005's Looking For Lucky, and coincides with the 25th anniversary of their debut album, Cracked Rear View. The trek kicks off on May 30th in Virginia Beach, Virginia at Veterans United Amphitheater and winds down on September 13th with a homecoming gig at Columbia, South Carolina's Colonial Life Arena.

Hootie & The Blowfish's debut album Cracked Rear View, which was released on July 5th, 1994, was certified by the RIAA as 21-times Platinum and is the fifth-most certified studio album of all time. The band is a two-time Grammy winner who have gone on to sell over 25 million albums and score a whopping 17 Billboard-charting songs to date.

Frontman Darius Rucker who in the decade-plus year break since their last formal tour has reacked up nine chart-topping solo singles on country radio. A while back, Rucker recalled to us that after hearing the single "Hold My Hand" in 1994, David Letterman immediately called his talent booker to schedule the then-unknown Hootie & The Blowfish on his show: "He was the catalyst of our career. He was the guy who made us a household name. Now seeing how all that works with the booking agents and all that stuff, it's amazing that our fortunes happened that he just happened to hear us on the drive home. 'Cause I'm sure David Letterman never says to his booking agent, 'I want this band or that band.' Never. I'm sure it's just not what he's worried about. He's worrying about being funny that night. And for him to have heard it and called and say, 'I want them Friday,' is just unbelievable." :

May 30 - Virginia Beach, VA - Veterans United Amphitheater
May 31 - Raleigh, NC - Coastal Credit Amphitheater
June 1 - Atlanta, GA - Cellairis Amphitheater
June 6 - Orange Beach, AL - The Wharf
June 7 - Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 8 - West Palm Beach, FL - Coral Sky Amphitheatre
June 13 - Austin, TX - Austin360 Amphitheater
June 14 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Pavilion
June 15 - Dallas, TX - Dos Equis Pavilion
June 19 - Phoenix, AZ - AK-Chin Pavilion
June 21 - Chula Vista, CA - Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
June 22 - Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Arena
June 23 - Irvine, CA - Five Points Amphitheater
June 25 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
June 28 - Wheatland, CA - Toyota Amphitheatre
June 29 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 11 - Englewood, CO - Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
July 13 - Maryland Heights, MO - Hollywood Casino
July 14 - Rogers, AR - Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion
July 19 - Monticello, IA - Great Jones County Fair
July 20 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
July 21 - Burgettstown, PA - KeyBank Pavilion
July 26 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center
July 27 - Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
July 28 - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion
August 2 - Guilford, NH - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
August 3 - Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center
August 4 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August 8 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
August 9 - Canandaigua, NY - Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands PAC
August 10 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
August 16 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 17 - Noblesville, IN - Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
August 18 - Des Moines, IA - Iowa State Fair
August 22 - St. Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair
August 23 - East Troy, WI - Alpine Valley Music Theatre
August 24 - Tinley Park, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
August 29 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage
August 30 - Hershey, PA - Hersheypark Stadium
August 31 - Hartford, CT - XFINITY Theatre
September 5 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion
September 6 - Birmingham, AL - Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
September 7 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
September 13 - Columbia, SC - Colonial Life Arena

AUDIO: HOOTIE'S DEAN ON BAND'S HIATUS
AUDIO: DARIUS RUCKER ON HOOTIE PLAYING LETTERMAN FOR FIRST TIME