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Hootie & The Blowfish to Release First Album in 15 Years, ‘Imperfect Circle’

Get your first taste of new Hootie music when you pre-order the album now!

Written by Lauren Laffer
Hootie & The Blowfish to Release First Album in 15 Years, ‘Imperfect Circle’
Hootie & The Blowfish; Photo Credit: Todd & Chris Owyoung

Hootie & The Blowfish will release a new album of music, marking their first original project in nearly 15 years. Dubbed Imperfect Circle, the record is set for release on November 1 via Universal Music Group Nashville.

“Finding the right name is always the most fun for us,” explained Jim Sonefeld in a video about the album. “We sat around the studio for six months throwing out names that are just dumb, funny, perverse or whatever, and that’s part of the fun we’ve always had is giving album titles that aren’t really going to be the album titles.”

Added Darius Rucker, “‘Perfect Circle’ is an R.E.M. song that we all love a lot. I said ‘Perfect Circle’ and we all thought that was a great name, but then we thought ‘Imperfect Circle’ was a better name.”

The group, comprised of Rucker, Mark Bryan, Dean Felber and Sonefeld, reunited in late 2018, sharing plans for new music and a nationwide tour.

“We were content playing clubs and small theaters, so playing to three-, four- and five-times that size was incredible, and we’re looking forward to that feeling again on this tour,” Sonefeld shared with TODAY at the time.

Hootie & The Blowfish ‘Imperfect Circle’ Cover art; Courtesy of

Added Bryan, “There’s nothing like playing music live. For the first time in nearly 20 years we’ll be coming back to Columbia, South Carolina where it all began,” with Rucker adding, “And we’re ready to rock.”

In celebration of their Group Therapy Tour and new record, fans can get an instant download of “Rollin’,” when they pre-order Imperfect Circle.

Imperfect Circle is available for pre-order now.

Remaining Group Therapy Tour Dates:
August 8           Columbia, Md. | Merriweather Post Pavilion
August 9           Canandaigua, N.Y. | Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
August 10         New York, N.Y. | Madison Square Garden
August 11         New York, N.Y. | Madison Square Garden
August 16         Detroit, Mich. | DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 17         Noblesville, Ind. | Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
August 18         Des Moines, Iowa | Iowa State Fair
August 22         St. Paul, Minn. | Minnesota State Fair
August 23         East Troy, Wis. | Alpine Valley Music Theatre
August 24         Tinley Park, Ill. | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
August 29         Toronto, Ont. | Budweiser Stage
August 30         Hershey, Penn. | Hersheypark Stadium
August 31         Hartford, Conn. | XFINITY Theatre
September 5      Charlotte, N.C. | PNC Music Pavilion
September 6      Birmingham, Ala. | Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
September 7      Nashville, Tenn. | Bridgestone Arena
September 11    Columbia, S.C. | Colonial Life Arena
September 12    Columbia, S.C. | Colonial Life Arena
September 13    Columbia, S.C. | Colonial Life Arena
October 4          Dublin, Ireland | 3Arena
October 6          Bristol, England | O2 Academy
October 7          Leeds, England | O2 Academy
October 9          Glasgow, Scotland | Barrowland
October 10        Glasgow, Scotland | Barrowland
October 12        London, England | Eventim Apollo
October 15        Manchester, England | O2 Apollo
October 16        Birmingham, England | O2 Academy