Robertson Tracks a Tribute to Hootie

Hold My Hand Single

Timothy Michael Robertson headed back to the studio last Saturday to finish vocals on a track for his upcoming gospel album due out this summer. However, the inspiration behind this tune isn’t from the southern gospel community but from his days at the University of South Carolina.

Engineer Steven Estrada is currently putting the finishing touches on a re-mix of “Hold My Hand,” which was released in July 1994 by Hootie & the Blowfish and charted at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Everyone who knows me knows I’m a big Darius Rucker fan,” says Robertson. “I love those early Hootie albums and really wanted to find a way to include their influence on this record.”

Darius Rucker gained fame as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the Grammy Award-winning rock band Hootie & the Blowfish, which he founded in 1986 at the University of South Carolina along with Mark Bryan, Jim “Soni” Sonefeld and Dean Felber. The band has released five studio albums with him as a member, and charted six top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

When asked about the arrangement, Robertson added it was to be more of a jam session than a fully produced single. “I wanted it to sound a bit more raw than the rest of the tracks,” he added. “It’s more up-tempo, which allowed us to really rip into it and have fun.”