Country Hootie Leaves Blowfish Behind

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(Aug. 28) - Hootie has flown the coop -- at least for now -- according to Hootie & the Blowfish lead singer Darius Rucker.
"Hootie played our last show last night for years," Rucker told PopEater on Wednesday during a taping for AOL Music Sessions. The final concert took place at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, Calif. "We have four charity gigs that we do every year and will still do every year. But we will not do a record or tour for five or six years ... until I do three or four country records."
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    WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 2: Lead singer Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish arrives at the 30th Annual Kennedy Center Honors December 2, 2007 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Nancy Ostertag/Getty Images)

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    WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 2: Members of Hootie & the Blowfish (L-R) Darius Rucker, Dean Felber and Mark Bryan arrive at the 30th Annual Kennedy Center Honors December 2, 2007 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Nancy Ostertag/Getty Images)

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    President and CEO of Capitol Records Nashville Mike Dungan and singer/musician Darius Rucker attend Capitol Records Nashville CMA Awards post show celebration at Lay'la Lounge on November 11, 2007 in Nashville, TN..Capitol Records Nashville 2007 CMA Awards Post Show Celebration.Layla's Ultra Lounge.Nashville, TN United States.November 7, 2007.Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage.com..To license this image (15111180), contact WireImage:.U.S. +1-212-686-8900 / U.K. +44-207-868-8940 / Australia +61-2-8262-9222 / Germany +49-40-320-05521 / Japan: +81-3-5464-7020.+1 212-686-8901 (fax).info@wireimage.com (e-mail).www.wireimage.com (web site)

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    (LtoR) Musicians Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelly of Lady Antebellum singers Darius Rucker and Emily West at the Capitol Records Nashville CMA Awards post show celebration at Lay'la Lounge on November 11, 2007 in Nashville, TN..Capitol Records Nashville 2007 CMA Awards Post Show Celebration.Layla's Ultra Lounge.Nashville, TN United States.November 7, 2007.Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage.com..To license this image (15111003), contact WireImage:.U.S. +1-212-686-8900 / U.K. +44-207-868-8940 / Australia +61-2-8262-9222 / Germany +49-40-320-05521 / Japan: +81-3-5464-7020.+1 212-686-8901 (fax).info@wireimage.com (e-mail).www.wireimage.com (web site)

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    (LtoR) Musicians Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelly of Lady Antebellum singers Darius Rucker and Emily West at the Capitol Records Nashville CMA Awards post show celebration at Lay'la Lounge on November 11, 2007 in Nashville, TN..Capitol Records Nashville 2007 CMA Awards Post Show Celebration.Layla's Ultra Lounge.Nashville, TN United States.November 7, 2007.Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage.com..To license this image (15111002), contact WireImage:.U.S. +1-212-686-8900 / U.K. +44-207-868-8940 / Australia +61-2-8262-9222 / Germany +49-40-320-05521 / Japan: +81-3-5464-7020.+1 212-686-8901 (fax).info@wireimage.com (e-mail).www.wireimage.com (web site)

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    (LtoR) Musicians Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelly of Lady Antebellum singers Darius Rucker and Emily West at the Capitol Records Nashville CMA Awards post show celebration at Lay'la Lounge on November 11, 2007 in Nashville, TN..Capitol Records Nashville 2007 CMA Awards Post Show Celebration.Layla's Ultra Lounge.Nashville, TN United States.November 7, 2007.Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage.com..To license this image (15111001), contact WireImage:.U.S. +1-212-686-8900 / U.K. +44-207-868-8940 / Australia +61-2-8262-9222 / Germany +49-40-320-05521 / Japan: +81-3-5464-7020.+1 212-686-8901 (fax).info@wireimage.com (e-mail).www.wireimage.com (web site)

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    (LtoR) Singer/songwriters Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, President and CEO of Capitol Records Nashville Mike Dungan, singer Darius Rucker and COO of Capitol Records Nashville Tom Becci attend Capitol Records Nashville CMA Awards post show celebration at Lay'la Lounge on November 11, 2007 in Nashville, TN..Capitol Records Nashville 2007 CMA Awards Post Show Celebration.Layla's Ultra Lounge.Nashville, TN United States.November 7, 2007.Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage.com..To license this image (15110995), contact WireImage:.U.S. +1-212-686-8900 / U.K. +44-207-868-8940 / Australia +61-2-8262-9222 / Germany +49-40-320-05521 / Japan: +81-3-5464-7020.+1 212-686-8901 (fax).info@wireimage.com (e-mail).www.wireimage.com (web site)

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    (LtoR) Singer/songwriters Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, President and CEO of Capitol Records Nashville Mike Dungan, singer Darius Rucker and COO of Capitol Records Nashville Tom Becci attend Capitol Records Nashville CMA Awards post show celebration at Lay'la Lounge on November 11, 2007 in Nashville, TN..Capitol Records Nashville 2007 CMA Awards Post Show Celebration.Layla's Ultra Lounge.Nashville, TN United States.November 7, 2007.Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage.com..To license this image (15110994), contact WireImage:.U.S. +1-212-686-8900 / U.K. +44-207-868-8940 / Australia +61-2-8262-9222 / Germany +49-40-320-05521 / Japan: +81-3-5464-7020.+1 212-686-8901 (fax).info@wireimage.com (e-mail).www.wireimage.com (web site)

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    (LtoR) Singer/songwriters Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, President and CEO of Capitol Records Nashville Mike Dungan, singer Darius Rucker and COO of Capitol Records Nashville Tom Becci attend Capitol Records Nashville CMA Awards post show celebration at Lay'la Lounge on November 11, 2007 in Nashville, TN..Capitol Records Nashville 2007 CMA Awards Post Show Celebration.Layla's Ultra Lounge.Nashville, TN United States.November 7, 2007.Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage.com..To license this image (15110993), contact WireImage:.U.S. +1-212-686-8900 / U.K. +44-207-868-8940 / Australia +61-2-8262-9222 / Germany +49-40-320-05521 / Japan: +81-3-5464-7020.+1 212-686-8901 (fax).info@wireimage.com (e-mail).www.wireimage.com (web site)

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    (LtoR) Musicians Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelly of Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker Capitol Records Nashville CMA Awards post show celebration at Lay'la Lounge on November 11, 2007 in Nashville, TN..Capitol Records Nashville 2007 CMA Awards Post Show Celebration.Layla's Ultra Lounge.Nashville, TN United States.November 7, 2007.Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage.com..To license this image (15110973), contact WireImage:.U.S. +1-212-686-8900 / U.K. +44-207-868-8940 / Australia +61-2-8262-9222 / Germany +49-40-320-05521 / Japan: +81-3-5464-7020.+1 212-686-8901 (fax).info@wireimage.com (e-mail).www.wireimage.com (web site)

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Rucker is an out-of-the-box success at country radio. His first single, the bittersweet "Don?t Think I Don?t Think About It" is No. 5 at country radio this week. His country debut CD, "Learn to Live," comes out Sept. 16 on Capitol Nashville.
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As he starts over as a country artist, Rucker says it?s the nascent days with his Blowfish band mates that he misses when he looks back at the group?s tremendous success. "I miss when the four of us were riding in the van and we were the four best friends in the world," he says. "We were inseparable ? We grew up and grew apart and got married and had kids. Even when we play now, we?re not as close as we were. I don?t miss the getting big or all that stuff, I miss when we were real close?The struggle was the fun part."
And if fans still want to call Rucker "Hootie," that?s fine by him. "After being in the limelight for 15 years, you're just glad that people still know who you are ... especially since I've lost weight and I'm not a fat hippie anymore. [laughs] So if people still know who I am, that's a good thing!"
Look for the AOL Music Sessions on Sept. 16.
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