Who's excited to buy a ticket back to the 90s?
One slow summer Friday in 2014, I decided to play roulette with Ticketmaster for a sold-out Darius Rucker concert. 24-hours and a few hundred miles later on a balmy July evening, I found myself in the fourth row of a packed amphitheater. There are few things I would not do to chase a Hootie, ahem, Darius high.
Most current-day country music takes you forward — the Fridays at five, the anticipation, the beach days — Darius always takes you back. Even his new music catapults you to half-faded memories of college crushes and the slosh of dewy grass under your flip flops ("You say you never danced to a dashboard singin' R.E.M. under summer stars," to lift a line from his 2017 album, When Was the Last Time).
Well, fellow '90s enthusiasts and Rucker fans, you're in luck: Yesterday, Rucker announced that he will reunite with Hootie and the Blowfish (Yes, the very Blowfish that wrote your 1994 soundtrack with "Hold My Hand" and "Only Wanna Be With You") this summer on Jason Aldean's tour stop in Atlanta at the Atlanta Braves' SunTrust Park. Taking place on July 21st, the reunion is slated for one night only, so you best start making plans.
In addition to Aldean's and Hootie's sets, Lauren Alaina and Luke Combs will also perform. “This is a huge honor for me, I grew up in Macon...I've been a Braves fan my whole life,” Aldean said during a press conference on Wednesday. “[This will be] a career-defining type of show."
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Now, we can't help but wonder: Does our Hootie fantasy setlist league still exist? Time to dig up that crumpled lineup the soundboard guy gave us at Farm Aid 1996.