Over the past few years, a number of rock bands that have thrived on radio despite garnering little critical success have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Some examples include Bon Jovi, Journey and Def Leppard.
Hootie and The Blowfish’s debut album – Cracked Rear View – was released in 1994, and has sold over 20 million units. An artist needs to have released their first song or album 25 years ago to be eligible for the Rock Hall, so the band could now appear on the ballot. But singer Darius Rucker isn’t so sure he and his band have a chance.
He told us, “Never going to happen. It’s never gonna happen. When CNN does a show on the music of the ’90s and don’t even mention Hootie the Blowfish, for us to think that we were gonna get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is pretty crazy.”
Rucker adds, “We’ve got no shot. We don’t have the kind of respect you need to get in there. Do I think we deserve to be in there? Absolutely. We changed music. We saved music, we changed radio. But, you know, that’s not enough for them. I’d be really happy with it, but I ain’t gonna hold my breath.”
As a solo country star, Darius just released a new song called “Beer and Sunshine.”