Album: Imperfect Circle (2019)
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  • This Chris Stapleton and Jim Beavers-penned song finds Darius Rucker singing of lifting each other up and looking out for one another.

    We gotta hold on, we gotta hold on
    There ain't nothing that a little love can't get us through
    We gotta hold on, when it feels like hope is gone
    There is a remedy for you and me
  • "Hold On" was the last track Hootie & the Blowfish recorded for Imperfect Circle and is the only outside cut. Bassist Dean Felber recalled how the band felt compelled to record the uplifting song as the perfect message for today's society. "I remember listening to it in the back of the bus and it was just perfect, what it meant to me and what it would mean in today's world," he said.
  • Lead guitarist Mark Bryan explained that after the band decided to record the Stapleton and Beavers-penned song, their producer, Frank Rogers, took the guitar lick and pepped it up. In doing so, Bryan said, he "kind of Hootie-ized it."
  • The song was released as the lead single from Imperfect Circle on October 18, 2019, making it Hootie & the Blowfish's first new tune in nearly 15 years. Their previous single was "Get Out of My Mind" from the band's 2005 album Looking for Lucky, after which they went on hiatus while Darius Rucker pursued a solo career.
  • Rucker has been a country format staple since his 2008 solo debut; however, Hootie had never set foot on any country chart until this song debuted on the Country Airplay survey dated October 26, 2019.

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  • Jeff from DallasSong was written by Chris Stapleton and Jim Beavers.
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