The band's music spans a variety of genres, including blues rockpsychedelic rockfolk rocksouland Southern rock. They are known for extensive Lovesong - Various - So Fresh: 2003 Volume 1 (DVD) of segues in live performances, and were considered a key part of the re-emerging jam band scene of the s, spearheading the H.
Tad Kinchla and Ben Wilson joined the band following the death of original bassist Bobby Sheehan in 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 ", " Hook ", and "But Anyway". They gained mainstream popularity after their fourth studio album, fourreleased in and became a sleeper hit almost a year later. In the years following, the band has bounced around through a succession of independent labels and record producers, and gotten increasingly experimental with their recorded output.
The genesis of Blues Traveler was as a high school garage band formed in Princeton, New Jersey in the mids. Harmonicist, singer and guitarist John Popper and drummer Brendan Hill formed a group they called The Establishment later renamed Blues Band with Hill's brother on bass and a rotating roster of guitarists.
The band produced a few cassette tape demos. In addition to some original songs, their repertoire included upbeat covers of " Gloria " and " The Battle Hymn of the Republic ". The group added guitarist and football player Chan Kinchla. Although he was a promising athlete, Kinchla decided to commit to playing music instead after a knee injury. Popper met bassist Bobby Sheehan and the two became good friends, with Sheehan becoming the new bass player for Blues Band in The quartet held a basement jam session later christened The Black Cat Jam which spawned the core grooves for several songs on their first album.
A black cat happened to be nearby, and the group took this as a sign and adopted the Black Cat as their mascot figure. The group changed their name to Blues Traveler, taking the latter part from the name of the primary demon in the film GhostbustersGozer the Traveler. After much encouragement by friend David Gonzales, Blues Traveler began playing gigs Its Allright, I Feel It!
(Roni Size Remix) - Various - Jungle Jazz Vol. 3 the New York-area club circuit, sometimes nightly;  the most prominent contract was playing Wednesday nights at a club called the Wetlands. During this time, Blues Traveler acquired a devout follower, Gina-Z subject of the band's song "Gina" who first became an unofficial "band mom" and later a tour manager, and is involved with the group's business to the present Gina - Blues Traveler - Blues Traveler.
By all members Gina - Blues Traveler - Blues Traveler dropped out of college classes. Blues Traveler then started a relentless touring schedule, expanding their reach up and March Majestic - Prof. John W. (Knocky) Parker* - Scott Joplins Original Ragtime Compositions the east coast.
Blues Traveler released their self-titled debut album in with the song "But Anyway" getting airplay on college radio stations. The album included Joan Osborne on backing vocals on two tracks. A second album, Travelers and Thievesfollowed in Around this time, the mainstream national audience was exposed to Gina - Blues Traveler - Blues Traveler Traveler by television host David Letterman who has introduced them as "[his] favorite band".
The band has since In The Sweet Bye And Bye - Magnolia Jazzband - In That Sweet Old Garden Of Eden more appearances on The Late Show than any musical artist. Letterman's band leader Paul Shaffer has played on a number of Blues Traveler recordings. Inthe group founded the H.
Blues Traveler began recording their third album, Save His Soul. Recording was temporarily interrupted by John Popper's motorcycle accident, although the band resumed touring shortly thereafter Gina - Blues Traveler - Blues Traveler Popper in a wheelchair.
The band's fourth album, titled fourwas produced by the team of Michael Barbiero and Steve Thompson and released in late The upbeat pop single " Run-Around " became the group's first chart hit followed by the catchy " Hook ". The band played on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live as a last-minute replacement for Prince. They were featured in an episode of the sitcom Roseanneand later recorded the show's theme song for George Jones - A Little LP final season.
The comedy film Kingpin featured the group playing their song "But Anyway" during the closing credits. The band also appeared in the film Blues Brothers and on its soundtrack, playing "Maybe I'm Wrong", an original composition with Gina - Blues Traveler - Blues Traveler classic blues-rock sound.
The double live album, Live from the Fallwas released in It featured recordings from the band's autumn concerts and showcased the strength of the band's live performances. It achieved platinum statusreaching number 11 on the Billboard albums chart, but did not perform as well as four.
By the end ofthe band had prepared a concept album called The Sun, The Storm and The Travelerbased on Aesop's fable of The North Wind and the Sunand they planned to record it after a recess in the fall of That summer, John Popper had emergency heart surgery due to artery blockage, forcing the band to cancel Gina - Blues Traveler - Blues Traveler annual July 4th Red Rocks shows at the last minute.
During the hiatus, Popper released a solo album with a backing band consisting of Dave Matthews Band drummer Carter Beauford and members of the Gina - Blues Traveler - Blues Traveler Cycomotogoat. The band made an appearance performing as themselves in the movie Blues Brothers and the independent film Wildflowerswhich had been filmed a couple of years earlier. On August 20,Bobby Sheehan was found dead in his New Orleans, Louisiana home, where he had been recording music with some friends the night before.
Sheehan's death was ruled an Im Paradisum - Magenta - Songs For The Dead drug overdosewith cocaineValiumand heroin found in his system.
The remaining members of Blues Traveler convened and agreed that Sheehan would have wanted them to continue as a band. Auditions for a new bassist were held in concert, and included Chan Kinchla's younger brother Tad, who was unanimously determined to be the best choice for the role.
Additionally, an open call was sent for a permanent keyboard player, a role of which Sheehan had often been a proponent. The band discarded their concept album material, instead releasing a smaller online EP, Decisions of the Sky: A Traveler's Tale of Sun and Stormand went to work collectively composing a new set of songs with the new lineup. The resulting album was Bridgewhich had the working title Bridge Outta Brooklyn as a tribute to Sheehan with both the acronym B.
The songs "Girl Inside My Head" and "Just for Me" received airplay, but the album's sales fell somewhat short of expectations. The album charted at 49 on the Independent Albums Gina - Blues Traveler - Blues Travelerand a live EP of songs from the album was released to independent record stores.
The group recorded the title track to the Sandra Boynton children's album Dog Trainwhich was also used as the promotional music for the American Kennel Club 's National Championship event. The songs "Business as Usual" and "Money Back Guarantee" are used as transitional music on the public radio finance program Marketplace and its sister show Marketplace Money.
InBlues Traveler released the album Cover Yourselfa "best-of" album of previously released songs re-recorded and reinterpreted with acoustic instrumentation. Blues Traveler appeared at the Lollapalooza festival. At their June shows, the band debuted new songs off their new album North Hollywood Shootout album. The album, which features a guest appearance by Bruce Willisreleased in August In MarchBlues Traveler released a double-disc compilation titled 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.
It peaked at No. InBlues Traveler made a cameo appearance in the film The Meddler. In April the band announced a five-week U. Blues Traveler allows and encourages fans to record and trade live performances,  provided that no money changes hands and no profit is made. The band has also given permission for live fan-made recordings to be hosted on websites such as Live Music Archive and eTree. Recordings available there span from through the present day.
On more recent tours, they sell recordings of that very night's performance. Attendees can pre-purchase a copy of the show until 30 minutes into the performance and then pick up the CD after the show. The band usually plays two consecutive nights, starting on July 3.
The next year, the band booked the HORDE festival to play there on Independence Day, and in the current tradition began in earnest. These shows attract fans from all over the United States. The band frequently debuts new songs and brings back older songs, fallen out of rotation. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Blues Traveler. Main article: Blues Traveler discography. September 8, The Denver Post.
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