Hootie & The Blowfish: Darius Rucker (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Mark Bryan (acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, background vocals); Jim "Soni" Sonefeld (acoustic guitar, drums, percussion, loops); Dean Felber (bass, background vocals).
Additional personnel includes: Don Was (trumpet, Fender Rhodes piano);
Susan Cowsill, Vicki Peterson background vocals).
Recorded at Beacon Street, Venice, California and Bogart Studios, Miami, Florida.
Personnel: Hootie & the Blowfish (background vocals); Darius Rucker (vocals, harmonica); Mark Bryan (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, background vocals); Jim Sonefeld (acoustic guitar, drums, percussion, loops, background vocals); Don Was (saxophone, trumpet); John Nau (piano, organ); Dean Felber, Susan Cowsill, Vicki Peterson (background vocals).
For their first album since 1998's MUSICAL CHAIRS, Hootie and the Blowfish enlisted the aid of production doctor Don Was in an effort to get back on track after a four-year layoff that found Darius Rucker and Mark Bryan releasing their own solo efforts. Sounding refreshed and recharged, this roots-rock quartet hit the ground running, mixing in the twangy country-rock of "Little Darlin'," soaring "When She's Gone" (featuring background vocals by Indigo Girl Emily Saliers), and catchy mid-tempo rocker "Space." Rucker's exploration of R&B roots on his solo outing BACK TO THEN made for a ripple effect that can be heard on songs like the pleading power ballad "I'll Come Runnin'" and soulful "Little Brother," with its hearty harmonies and Was's snappy organ contributions. The boys even manage to sneak in a sweet cover of the Continental Drifters' "The Rain Song" complete with harmonies by Drifters Vicki Peterson and Susan Cowsill, that serves as the bow on this package of solid roots-rock.