Blues Traveler Tour News and Updates
2014 Under the Sun Tour
Blues Traveler started as a high school rock band, formed in Princeton, New Jersey during the 1980s. The four members: John Popper, Brendan Hill, Chan Kinchla and Bobby Sheehan (replaced by Tad Kinchla after death), were college students playing gigs in and around New York City. Eventually, their blues-rock sound, inspired by the likes of the Grateful Dead and Led Zeppelin, was discovered and Blues Traveler was quickly signed by A&M Records. Blues Traveler spearheaded, and helped generate the re-emergence of the jam band genre along with Phish
and Spin Doctors in the 1990s.
The band released an eponymous debut album in 1990, and rapidly joined the repertoire of must-see live bands. They have played with numerous legends like Santana and the Rolling Stones, and Popper is widely known for his skill on the harmonica. Their mainstream popularity exploded when David Letterman introduced the group as his "favorite band" on the Tonight Show. Blues Traveler's biggest songs "Hook" and "Run Around" won them multiple Grammy Awards, and smashed a Billboard record for charting multiple weeks. The group has released 11 albums, with numerous gold and platinum certifications.
As founders of the 1990s jam-band scene, Blues Traveler is a regular at music festivals and a fan-favorite. They'll be hitting the road again this year on the Under the Sun Tour, an annual traveling festival that celebrates the "golden age on alt pop rock" and will include Sugar Ray, Uncle Kracker, Gin Blossoms, Sister Hazel and Smash Mouth. The band even allows fans to record their live sets, which are always unique and different from night-to-night, making Blues Traveler tickets a no-brainer every time!