Hootie & the Blowfish is getting ready to drop their first album in almost 15 years, Imperfect Circle, on November 1st and they have just given fans another taste of the upcoming release with their new song "Hold On."
"Hold On" was co-written by Chris Stapleton and Jim Beavers, and sends a message to the world to "Hold On" through turbulent times. In the chorus, Darius Rucker sings, "We gotta hold on/We gotta hold on/ There ain't nothing that a little love can't get us through/ We gotta hold on/ When it feels like hope is gone/ There is a remedy for you and me/ We gotta hold on to each other."
Imperfect Circle is Hootie & the Blowfish's sixth full-length studio album and the followup to 2005's Looking for Lucky. The band's new album showcases 13 new songs, some of which were co-written by artists including Ed Sheeran ("Wild Fire Love"), Chris Stapleton ("Hold On"), Eric Paslay ("New Year's Day" & "Lonely on a Saturday Night) and more. Fans were first introduced to Imperfect Circle via "Rollin'," followed by other previously released songs "Lonely on a Saturday Night" and "Miss California." Sheryl Crow also provides backing vocals on songs throughout the album.
In a statement, Rucker says of the meaning behind Imperfect Circle, "We've been playing together for thirty-something years and for us to be here and to be doing this tour, to be making a record, it just seems like Imperfect Circle was perfect."
And during an interview with Billboard, Hootie drummer Jim "Soni" Sonefeld said of the diverse nature of the album and what fans can expect, "I think Hootie fans are gonna feel like we're still living in that sweet spot of where (1994's multi-platinum) Cracked Rear View was born, and I think there's some fresh stuff in there, too. It's diverse. We just decided we're gonna make this the best one yet, and I think we put the greatest effort into making a record that we're very proud of."
Listen to Hootie & the Blowfish's new song "Hold On" above.