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Hootie and the Blowfish Get Lucky

Rock foursome soaks up the sounds of Nashville

April 7, 2005 12:00 AM ET

Hootie and the Blowfish will release their sixth studio album, Looking for Lucky, on August 9th. The forthcoming follow-up to 2003's self-titled release is the band's first for Vanguard Records. Produced by Don Gehman, who did the band's blockbuster 1994 Cracked Rear View, Lucky reflects the sounds of the city where it was recorded: Nashville. "It's not a country record," frontman Darius Rucker says, "but recording and hanging out with the people of Nashville seeps in there. We couldn't help it."

Nashville tunesmiths Matraca Berg and Radney Foster co-wrote "Killing Stone" and "Another Year's Gone By," respectively, while modern bluegrass band New Grass Revival guest on another track.

Hootie and the Blowfish return to the stage Friday night in North Carolina, before the golf enthusiasts head back to their native South Carolina this weekend to perform shows in conjunction with the Masters. Rucker already has a live pick from the new album: "'Hey Sister Pretty' -- that one I'm really looking forward to playing."

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