For the dedicated fans of Hootie & the Blowfish, they know the group has been on fire lately. Their latest album, Looking for Lucky, was a superb way of bringing their unique sound back. Along with the new album comes a tour, and Hootie is rarely more alive than in their hometown in South Carolina.
That's all the reasoning you'll need to snap up their latest DVD, a fantastic live performance in front of an energetic crowd. With 20 songs, there's plenty of room for old favorites and soon to be favorites. Lively takes on Hold My Hand along with first runs for their latest hits like One Love and catchy Get Out of My Mind keep the show moving briskly.
Editing is superb here, at times moving with the music to add to the experience. The number of cameras used to film the event were numerous, bringing some variety to the video. At around 90 minutes, you'll rarely be bored.
Sadly, unlike their previous concert release, Summer Camp With Trucks, Live in Charleston stays completely on stage. The only time the band is featured not performing is in the opening minute and a brief clip backstage during the breather before the encore. Trucks was a fun personal trip that brought fans close to the band. This latest disc ignores that part entirely.
Regardless, the show is enough to carry the disc for the targeted fan base. The song list is roughly the same as it was throughout the recent tour, but the available audio-only downloads from their website cut covers like Tom Waits' I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love With You. They're included here in their entirety. That's worth the cover price alone.