Hootie And The Blowfish, the multi-award winning US band, are set to get a tribute memorial in their hometown of Columbia, reports the Associated Press. A number of local businesses have joined together to fund the project in one of the city's main entertainment spots, and the permanent piece of art will be unveiled as part of the band's 25th anniversary celebrations.
The group formed back in 1985 after guitarist MARK BRYAN heard front-man Darius Rucker singing in the shower at their University dorm in South Carolina. Bass player DEAN FELBER joined soon after, and the line-up was complete when drummer JIM SONEFELD joined in 1990 after the first percussionist quit following graduation. The group enjoyed most of their success in the early-to-mid 1990's, and their debut album 'Cracked Rear View' went in at number-one on the US chart and has since gone 16-times platinum. Their follow-up record, 1996's Fairweather Johnson, also entered the charts at number-one.
The 'Hootie' sculpture has been created by Matthew Kramer and Christopher Stuyck, and it is expected that all four members of the band will return to their hometown for the public unveiling.