Darius Rucker and His 2015 Southern Style Tour Openers Perform ‘Hold My Hand’ [WATCH]
Darius Rucker helped make "Hold My Hand" popular in July of 1994 with his band Hootie & the Blowfish. Now, he's bringing it back, this time with his fellow country artists, on his 2015 Southern Style Tour.
The hit tune was written by all four of the Hootie band members back in 1989, and though it was first released on a cassette EP the following year, it wasn't on anyone's radar until its release again several years later. Rucker brought out his tour openers -- Brett Eldredge, the Brothers Osbourne and A Thousand Horses -- to help him perform the song during their concert on May 30 at the Susquehanna Bank Center in New Jersey, and boy, did fans respond.
"Hold My Hand" got a country makeover, and all hands were on deck: Rucker sang the first verse, before passing it off to his peers, who enthusiastically helped drive the song. Eldredge rocked the next lines, everyone sang together on the chorus, and then T.J. and John Osborne did their part in singing and guitar soloing, respectively. Michael Hobby, frontman of A Thousand Horses, sang to end the tune.
"Hold My Hand" is a sing-a-long song at its finest, much like Rucker's rendition of "Wagon Wheel," which he recently played at the 2015 iHeartRadio Country Festival.
Rucker is now revving up for his sixth annual Darius Rucker and Friends benefit concert, to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. It's set to take place on June 8 in Nashville, featuring Little Big Town, Eldredge, the Brothers Osborne, A Thousand Horses and Steve Wariner. Rucker also has a surprise guest on the roster.
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