Hootie Joins March Against Confederate Flag

Hootie And The Blowfish have joined the "Get In Step With The People Of South Carolina" protest against the state's continued practice of flying the Confederate flag over the South Carolina Capitol building in Columbia.

The band has joined the last leg of a five-day, 120-mile "Get In Step" march that began on April 2 in Charleston and concludes on Thursday with a public demonstration in front of the Capitol calling for the removal of the Confederate flag.

Members of Hootie And The Blowfish are the latest musicians to be pulled into the outcry over the state's use of the Confederate emblem, as Wyclef Jean pulled out of a show at the College Of Charleston on March 24 in support of the NAACP's call for an economic boycott against the state (see "Wyclef Cancels South Carolina Show Over Flag").

In related Hootie news, the band is scheduled to head into a studio this fall to start work on its fourth album. Before

that, frontman Darius Rucker and drummer Jim Sonefeld plan to continue working on their own respective solo projects, although neither currently have a firm release date.

In March, Hootie And The Blowfish guitarist Mark Bryan issued his first solo album, "30 On The Rail," via the band's label, Atlantic Records.