Hootie Receives "Inspirational" Award

Hootie and the Blowfish, who are currently in a Los Angeles studio recording the follow-up to 1996's "Fairweather Johnson," will take time out from the new album to be honored at a June 2 benefit for the American Society of Young Musicians to be held at L.A.'s House of Blues.

The band, which is being cited for its "inspirational" qualities for aspiring musicians and for having mentored other artists, is scheduled to appear at the benefit along with John Mellencamp and Quincy Jones.

Hailing from Columbia, South Carolina, members of Hootie and the Blowfish have been in the news recently, speaking out against several southern Indigo Girls shows being canceled, as we previously reported (see "Principal Pulls Plug On Another Indigo Girls Show").

According to a spokesman for the group, Hootie hopes to have its new album out by the end of the year.