American rockers HOOTIE + THE BLOWFISH will kickstart a 10-date US tour on Monday (03JUL06) in a bid to help stock schools with essential supplies for poor students. The LET HER CRY stars have requested fans bring along useful items to the Homegrown Concerts which begin in Nashville. Prior to the Tennessee show, the Hard Rock Cafe will donate $5,000 (GBP2,800) to local initiative LP Pencil Box. In each city the band visit, a local business or organisation will make a significant donation to help aid schools.