Hootie and the Blowfish cover Almost Home

Austin Chronicle, vol. 15, issue 23 Feb. 1996.

Hootie and the Reivers?
You didn’t know that Hootie & the Blowfish recorded a Reivers song? Well, neither did the song’s author, John Croslin, until Spoon’s Britt Daniel happened to run Croslin’s name through an Internet search and found himself directed to the Hootie page. Daniel then called Croslin and Croslin called Bug International, his publisher, only to find them clueless as well. Bug called Hootie’s label Atlantic Records, and they said that they had just plain forgotten to pass the word along to Bug about the inclusion of “Almost Home” on the Blowfish CD single “Let Her Cry.”
Croslin says he got a call from the members of Hootie & the Blowfish about three months ago in which they complimented him and told him how much they liked the Reivers. At the time he was mystified, but now realizes “they must’ve thought I knew [they’d recorded the song]” and that they were probably equally mystified that he didn’t shoot a friendly line back about their version. He also wonders if he’d ever have found out about the year-old recording if it hadn’t been for Daniel’s fiddling at the computer. What he does know is that the single has sold around 50,000 copies (only a drop in the bucket compared to Hootie’s Cracked Rear View album), and the royalty check is, as they say, in the mail.