Blues Traveler

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Blues Traveler is an American rock band, formed in Princeton, New Jersey in 1987. The band's music covers a variety of genres, including blues rock, psychedelic rock, folk rock, soul, and Southern rock. They are known for extensive use of segues in their live performances, and were considered a key part of the re-emerging jam band scene of the 1990s, spearheading the H.O.R.D.E. touring music festival.

Currently, the group comprises singer and harmonica player John Popper, guitarist Chan Kinchla, drummer Brendan Hill, bassist Tad Kinchla, and keyboardist Ben Wilson. Tad Kinchla and Ben Wilson joined the band following the death of original bassist Bobby Sheehan in 1999.

While Blues Traveler is best known among fans for their improvisational live shows, the general public is most familiar with the group from their Top 40 singles "Run-Around" and "Hook". They gained mainstream popularity after their fourth studio album four, released in 1994. Sheehan's death and Popper's struggle with obesity put a damper on the group's success, and A&M dropped the band in 2002. However, the band took this transition period as an opportunity to start in new directions musically, going largely independent and releasing on smaller experimental labels.

In March 2012, Blues Traveler released a double-disc compilation entitled 25 on Hip-O Records; the album commemorates the band's silver anniversary and includes their hit singles, new covers, and previously unreleased b-side material. Blues Traveler's most recent studio album Blow Up the Moon, is the twelfth studio album and was released on April 7, 2015. As part of the Blow Up the Moon album, Blues Traveler released a music video using Rockstar editor in Grand Theft Auto V on September 14, 2015. The music video features JC Chasez and 3OH!3.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1990 Blues Traveler 4 1
1991 Travelers & Thieves 4 1
1993 Save His Soul 2
1994 four 4 6
1997 Straight on Till Morning 2
2001 Bridge 1
2003 Truth Be Told 1
2005 ¡Bastardos! 1
2006 North Hollywood Shootout 2
2007 Cover Yourself 1
2012 Suzie Cracks the Whip 3
2015 Blow Up the Moon 2 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2002 Travelogue: Blues Traveler Classics 1
2010 25 1
Icon 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1996 Live From the Fall 3
2002 Live: What You and I Have Been Through 1
2004 On the Rocks (live) 1
2008 2008-07-28: Turfway Park, Florence, KY 1
1993-04-22: Schmidt Fieldhouse, Xavier University 1
Live - Thinnest of Air 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1994 Run-Around 1
Canadian Rose 1
Hook 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2000 Decisions of the Sky 1

EP + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2006 2006-08-06: Live at Lollapalooza 1

Unspecified type

Year Title RatingReleases
1,000,000 People Can't Be Wrong 1


Year Title RatingReleases
On Tour Forever 1

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