Hootie & The Blowfish Sign Worldwide Publishing Admin Deal With Big Deal Music Group

(L-R): Back row: Jim “Soni” Sonefeld, drums; Chris Parr, Manager; Richard “Gus” Gusler, Attorney; Jamie Ceretta, Big Deal Music Group. Front row: Rick Krim; Mark Bryan, guitar; Darius Rucker, vocals; Dean Felber, bass. Photo: courtesy Big Deal Music Group

Hootie & The Blowfish have signed a worldwide publishing administration deal with Big Deal Music Group, in a venture with music industry veteran Rick Krim. The deal encompasses the band’s new album, Imperfect Circle, which is scheduled for release on Nov. 1 by UMG Nashville, as well as their 2005 album Looking For Lucky.

“Hootie & The Blowfish are one of the most successful American bands in history,” said Big Deal co-president Jamie Cerreta. “We are very honored to be working with them, as well as Rick, and are excited for their fans all over the world to hear this amazing new album.”

Founded in 1989 by Mark BryanDean FelberDarius Rucker and Jim “Soni” Sonefeld, Hootie & The Blowfish have sold more than 25 million records worldwide, generating hit singles including “Hold My Hand,” “Let Her Cry” and “Only Wanna Be With You,” all three of which were included on the group’s breakthrough debut album, 1994’s Cracked Rear View. After a successful U.S. tour this summer, the band continued its Group Therapy Tour throughout the U.K. and Ireland this Fall.

“It’s always great to be working closely with friends, and so to be working with Jamie, Kenny and everyone at Big Deal, as well as our longtime ally Rick, is the perfect situation for the band,” said Hootie co-manager Chris Parr. “We are excited to get started.”

After wrapping a summer tour in 2008, the band’s members released a string of solo projects, while the group reunited for annual charity gigs. Sonefeld has released four albums including a trilogy called Found (2012), In (2014) and Love (2015). Bryan has released three albums, with his most recent release, Songs of the Fortnight, in Summer 2017. Rucker has released five country albums spawning nine No. 1 songs, including his most recent, When Was The Last Time, in Fall 2017.

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