SOUTHERN EXPOSURE

DARING TO CROSS ROCK'S COLOR LINE, CAROLINA-BASED ROCKERS HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH BREAK THROUGH TO BIG-TIME SUCCESS

Every now and again someone will call the lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish a nigger. The rock band from Columbia, South Carolina, is made up of three white instrumentalists and a black vocalist. Such interracial camaraderie should be inspiring: ebony and ivory, the universal language of music, and all that. The reality is that there have been few truly successful mixed-race rock bands in America, and when some people, particularly in the South, see Hootie entertaining concert audiences with its mix of Southern rock and soulful blues, they have a problem with it. "We were in this bar in...

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