John Popper would be recognizable by his glossy tenor voice
alone, but the harmonica virtuoso can always be picked out of a song when he
puts that blues harp to his lips. The leader of jam-band Blues Traveler has
performed with Chan Kinchla and Brendan Hill for more than two decades since
they started out as a garage band in Princeton, N.J. Chan’s brother Tad Kinchla
and Ben Wilson joined the fray back in 1999.
Blues Traveler released a self-titled
debut in 1990, and the single “But Anyway” garnered airplay on college radio.
The group’s big breakthrough came with the release of their fourth album, aptly
titled Four, in 1994. That record’s single “Run-Around” was a huge hit
and won a Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance, and follow-up “Hook”
continued the band’s success.
Blues Traveler has since released six more
albums, opened for the Rolling Stones, and continue to jam around the world.
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