In 1987, Blues Traveler formed in Princeton, N.J. The band's music spans many different genres and includes folk rock, soul, Southern rock and blues rock. The band was also key in reviving the jam band scene of the '90s. Blues Traveler was front and center in creating the H.O.R.D.E. music festival as well. The band's latest album, Hurry Up and Hang Around, was released in 2018.
Jammin' With Blues Traveler
Blues Traveler started out as a high school garage band in the mid-'80s. Vocalist and guitarist John Popper and drummer Brendan Hill originally called the band The Establishment. During this time, the band recorded a few demos on cassette tapes and also added Chris Kinchla (guitarist) and Bobby Sheehan (bass) to the lineup. The basement jam session inspired the many grooves for the band's debut album. Once graduating high school, the band members moved to New York City. The band began to play gigs throughout the city and caught the attention of talent scouts from A&M Records. By 1990, the band was signed and on its way to recording its first major album. Blues Traveler was the band's debut, and it spawned the hit song called "But Anyway." The band would release Travelers and Thieves and On Tour Forever before it hit the mainstream. In 1994, Blues Traveler released Four, and it quickly became a hit on radio stations. "Hook" and "Run-Around" topped the Billboard charts during that year.
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Who are the current members of Blues Traveler?
The original lineup of the band included John Popper (lead vocals and harmonica), Chad Kinchla (guitar), Brendan Hill (drums) and Bobby Sheehan (bass). In 1999, Sheehan was replaced by Tad Kinchla on bass, and the band added Ben Wilson on the keyboards. This is the current lineup for the group.
How many Grammy Awards has Blues Traveler won?
Blues Traveler was nominated in 1996 in the Best Rock Performance by A Duo Or Group with Vocal category for "Run-Around." The band did win the award for that performance, and that is currently the band's only Grammy win.
What are some popular Blues Traveler songs?
"Run-Around" and "Hook" became the band's biggest breakout hits. "Run-Around" charted at the No. 8 position on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1994. Some of the band's other hits include "The Mountains Win Again," "Carolina Blues," "Sweet Pain" and "Conquer Me.
What are some albums by Blues Traveler?
Blues Traveler has released several albums throughout the years. The band has 13 studio albums, five live albums and three compilation albums. Some of the most popular albums include Blues Traveler, Travelers and Thieves, Save His Soul, Four and Straight on to Morning. All those albums were certified gold or higher by the RIAA.
What bands have toured with Blues Traveler?
Blues Traveler was one of the founding members of the H.O.R.D.E. music festival. This concert tour was created as an alternative to the rival Lollapalooza music fest. Along with the festival, Blues Traveler has toured with the Spin Doctors, The Rolling Stones and Phish.
Is Blues Traveler playing near me?
Since 1994, Blues Traveler plays an annual show at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado for Independence Day. The band did not play in 1999 due to a motorcycle accident involving John Popper. The band makes frequent stops throughout North America during the summer. You can catch the band at various US cities, including Boston, Mass. and Indianapolis, Ind.Back to Top
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