It's not every band that's still staking out new musical territory and embracing fresh challenges more than 20 years into their career, but that's the case with Blues Traveler. Having long ago graduated from the jam-band underground to mainstream stardom, the iconoclastic combo has consistently stuck to its guns and played by its own rules.
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Blues Traveler is a 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. 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.
Lead singer John Popper almost had no choice but to embark upon a music career after his parents had enrolled him in music lessons for one instrument after another, including cello, piano, and guitar. He hated to practice, and preferred to play by ear rather than learn to read music, though, and that frustrated his instructors. John ultimately made his mark with the harmonica, for which his parents could find no instructor. He and fellow Blues Brothers enthusiasts Brendan Hill (drummer), Chan Kinchla (guitarist), and Bobby Sheehan (bassist) went to high school together in Princeton, New Jersey, and went on to college in New York City. The were more successful in booking gigs than hitting the books, though, so left to pursue their music career. Their early albums received little airplay and sold relatively few copies, but they built a following through frequent touring. Fans bought up copies of their fourth album four (1994) and their popularity continues to grow through releases of new albums Live From the Fall (1996) and Straight On Till Morning (1997), and appearances on Late Night with David Letterman and in Blues Brothers 2000 (1998). Bassist Sheehan died of a drug overdose in 1999.
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