Evoking images of roving pirates and vagabond thieves, Blues Traveler
recently emerged on the pop scene with the top 10 single "Run-Around". A
sweet, catchy tune about a runaway love, "Run-Around" has taken Blues
Traveler from cult status to mega-band with a hit single and video.
Success has not come easy for the group; rather, it has come as a result
of hard work.
The Princeton, NJ-bred quartet started out seven years ago simply known as
the "Blues Band." Vocalist and harmonica player John Popper,
drummer Brendon Hill, bassist Bobby Sheehan, and guitarist Chan Kinchla
played every night they could in New York City clubs when they moved there
shortly after high school. Gaining fans and record company attention, they
soon had a contract with A&M and hit the road at a furious pace, armed
with their eponymous release. Their signature free-form jams and
high-energy live shows helped them build a strong fan base among mostly
college-age music lovers.
Blues Traveler had their first taste of success after Popper helped found
what is known as the H.O.R.D.E. tour in 1992. Called the "alternative
to the alternative" - referring to Lollapalooza - H.O.R.D.E. had
its best year in 1995.
With the release of their fourth album for A&M, appropriately titled
four, Blues Traveler was soon to become a multi-platinum selling
band. "Run-Around" has enabled them to break into the pop
mainstream. Blues Traveler is all about musicianship, energy and passion.
With Popper's consistent songwriting and the band's continued growth as
serious musicians, expect to hear and see much more of them.