After a long break from touring, two alumni of Seneca Valley High School, Mark Bryan and Dean Felber will return to the stage in 2019, to tour with their bandmates as Hootie & the Blowfish next year.
According to Rolling Stone, the Multi-platinum band will return to touring next year, embarking on their first full-scale tour in more than a decade and releasing a studio album for the first time in nearly 15 years. Named the Group Therapy Tour, the band will visit 44 North American cities with fellow Nineties stars Barenaked Ladies as special guests, kicking off May 30 in Virginia Beach, wrapping up September 1 in Columbia, S. Carolina — with a local stop at Meriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland on August 8 and Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va. on July 27.
Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, Dec. 7, with pre-sales beginning today. In addition, the Grammy-winning group also plans to release an album through a new record label deal with Universal Music Group Nashville, the same label group where singer Darius Rucker is currently signed as a solo performer. Hootie & The Blowfish has charted sixteen singles on various Billboard singles charts. The band’s 1994 debut album, Cracked Rear View, is the 16th-best-selling album of all time in the US, having been certified platinum 16 times, selling more the 21 million copies.
In 2008 the band took a break from regular touring so Rucker could pursue a solo career in country music, a venture which has so far resulted in five albums, eight Number One singles and a Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance for “Wagon Wheel” in 2013.
In 2015, Mark Bryan returned to Germantown to be the commencement speaker at Seneca Valley High School’s graduation. In his speech, Bryan told the graduates of the class of 2015 to cultivate their character.
“I have performed before two U.S. presidents and I have also spent the night in jail. I have met Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan, Bruce Springsteen, and Tiger Woods and I also know the homeless guy on my street named Cooley that constantly begs for money. I have dated beautiful models, cheerleaders, and pop singers and I have also been through a divorce with three children. I have played the Kennedy Center, Madison Square Garden, Red Rocks but I can’t get booked in the Bottle and Cork in Dewey Beach. I have been trying for three summers.”
“Choose the high road of forgiveness and love instead of the made up of the pain of bitterness and hatred,” said Bryan. “Watch it brighten your world. It is a choice you can make every day, it is just not the easy choice. And if you think life is supposed to be easy you are wrong. It is a life of service and as soon as you think you are worthy — you are not. Always want to be the humble underdog and not the overrated jerk.”
Earlier in this year, the band returned to the stage to play a supporting role at Jason Aldean’s High Noon Neon Tour stop at SunTrust Park in Atlanta.
Photos courtesy Hootie & the Blowfish.