How Darius Rucker Felt About “Hold My Hand”

Back in 1994 and Again in 2017

When the Country Music Association called Darius Rucker and asked if he’d help open the Nov. 8 Awards show with his 1994 hit song “Hold My Hand,” he said he was shocked.

“For the song that (Hootie & the Blowfish) played in clubs for years and years to be opening the CMAs — with a who’s who of country music 25 years later — I was really flattered,” Rucker told me on Wednesday night (Nov. 15) before his performance at the CBS Radio Stars & Strings show in Chicago.

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And I asked him to take me back to the time when he and his bandmates Mark Bryan, Dean Felber and Soni Sonefeld wrote the iconic tune when they were living and gigging in South Carolina.

“That’s a great story,” he said. “Our drummer had left the band, and we were auditioning drummers one day at my apartment in Columbia. We were playing way too loud for an apartment complex. So we had about six or seven drummers come through that day.

“And so Soni comes in and plays, and we liked him a lot. We sat around talking, and he told us, ’I like playing, but I really want to write songs.’ And I said, ’So do we. That’s the plan.'”

Then Sonefeld just casually told Rucker that he had an idea for a song, and it turned out to be “Hold My Hand.”

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