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MEMBERS: John Popper ~ Chan Kinchla ~ Brendan Hill ~ Bobby Sheehan (June 12, 1968 - August 20, 1999) ~ Tad Kinchla (1999-present) ~ Ben Wilson (2000-present)
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BIRTHDAYS: John Popper (March 29, 1967) ~ Brendan Hill (March 27, 1970) ~ Chad Kinchla (May 29, 1969) ~ Ben Wilson (November 17, 1967)
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "Run-Around" (1995)
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BIGGEST LP: Four (1994)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 1

 
TIMELINE

Blues Travelerbutton.gif (123 bytes) Blues Traveler originated in 1987 with lead singer and harmonica player, John Popper, guitarist Chan Kinchla, bassist Bobby Sheehan, and drummer Brendan Hill. The band caught the attention of record executive from A&M Records while playing at numerous clubs throughout New York.

1990...

button.gif (123 bytes) Blues Traveler released their debut LP - Blues Traveler.

1991...

September
Blues Traveler - Travelers & Thievesbutton.gif (123 bytes) Blues Traveler released Travelers & Thieves.

1992...

button.gif (123 bytes) The group released a limited-edition live LP - On Tour Forever.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Popper was injured in a motorcycle accident that left him in a wheelchair for most of the following year, but he continued to perform with the group.

1993...

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Blues Traveler released Save His Soul.

1994...

button.gif (123 bytes) Later in the summer Blues Traveler performed at Woodstock '94.

September
Blues Traveler - Fourbutton.gif (123 bytes) Blues Traveler released Four.

1995... # 25 Singles Artist of the Year

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Blues Traveler hit the Top 40 with "Run-Around."
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Four was certified gold.

June
Blues Traveler - "Run-Around" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Blues Traveler hit the Top 10 with "Run-Around."
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Blues Traveler was certified gold and Four was certified platinum.

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Blues Traveler began touring with the 'HORDE' package tour.
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Four was certified 2x platinum.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Blues Traveler performed on Saturday Night Live.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Blues Traveler hit the Top 40 with "Hook."
button.gif (123 bytes) Blues Traveler could be heard on the soundtrack to Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls with the song, "Secret Agent Man."

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Four was certified 3x platinum.

1996... # 37 Singles Artist of the Year

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Blues Traveler were nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist.
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Four was certified 4x platinum.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) "Run-Around" became Billboard's longest-charting single to date with 49 weeks on the Hot 100 Singles chart.
button.gif (123 bytes) Blues Traveler won a
Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal ("Run-Around").

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Four was certified 5x platinum.

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Save His Soul and Travelers & Thieves were certified gold.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Blues Traveler began touring again with the 'HORDE' package tour.

June
Blues Traveler - Live From The Fallbutton.gif (123 bytes) Blues Traveler released the live LP - Live From The Fall.

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Blues Traveler hit the Top 40 with "But Anyway."

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Live From The Fall was certified gold.

1997...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Four was certified 6x platinum and Live From The Fall was certified platinum.

June
Blues Traveler - Straight Out Till Morningbutton.gif (123 bytes) Blues Traveler released Straight On Till Morning.
button.gif (123 bytes) Blues Traveler began touring again with the 'HORDE' package tour.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Sheehan was arrested for possession of cocaine. Two grams of the substance was found with Sheehan at the Winnipeg Airport in Canada where the band arrived to open for the Rolling Stones.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Straight On Till Morning was certified gold.

1998...

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Blues Traveler began touring again with the 'HORDE' package tour.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Straight On Till Morning was certified platinum.

1999...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Sheehan was sentenced to probation (2 years) for cocaine possession. He pleaded guilty to the charges which stem from his arrest in last year.

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Bobby Sheehan died of unknown causes in New Orleans at the age of 31.

September
John Popper - Zygotebutton.gif (123 bytes) John Popper temporarily took a break from Blues Traveler to record a solo LP, Zygote. Popper was also seen in the film For The Time Being. Pepper celebrated the release of his debut solo LP, Zygote, and talked about the loss of Sheehan to MTV: "I think the way that I mourn or deal with really bad news is I try to figure out what to do about it, finding stuff to do to make sure these people know, talk to these people about what happened. I mean we're a very tight-knit group. It destroyed all of us, you know? I'm still not over it, but I just kind of feel dried out." Popper also planned to tour solo in the fall.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Popper decided to cancel part of his solo tour due to poor ticket sales, and instead hopes to use the time to focus on his health.
button.gif (123 bytes) The band announced that they will remain a group despite the recent death of their bassist. The band's label stated that the decision to stay together was unanimous among the remaining band members: "We thought it would be useless to compound the tragedy by letting something we all, including Bobby, worked so hard for to fall apart."
button.gif (123 bytes) Coroner findings ruled the death Sheehan as an overdose of various drugs (including cocaine, Valium, and heroin) and was classified as accidental.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Tad Kinchla (brother of Chan) was hired as the band's new bassist to replace Bobby Sheehan.

2001...

May
Blues Traveler - Bridgebutton.gif (123 bytes) Blues Traveler released Bridge.

2002...

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Blues Traveler released the live LP - What You And I Have Been Through.

November
Blues Traveler - Truth Be Toldbutton.gif (123 bytes) Travelogue: Blues Traveler Classics was released.

2003...

August
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Truth Be Told.

button.gif (123 bytes) # 344 on the Top Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years chart.

2005...

September
Blues Traveler - Bastardosbutton.gif (123 bytes) Blues Traveler released Bastardos.

2007..

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Popper was arrested for pot possesion and reckless friving in California.

December
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VH1: 100 Greatest Songs of the 90's included "Run-Around" at # 76.

2008..

August
Blues Traveler - North Hollywood Shootoutbutton.gif (123 bytes) The Blues Travelers released North Hollywood Shootout.









LPs
Blues Traveler - Blues Traveler LP Blues Traveler
Released: 1990
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 136
Tracks: "But Anyway" - "Gina" - "Mulling It Over" - "100 Years" - "Dropping Some NYC" - "Crystal Flame" - "Slow Change" - "Warmer Days" - "Gotta Get Mean" - "Alone" - "Sweet Talking Hippie"
Blues Traveler - Travelers & Thieves Travelers & Thieves
Released: September, 1991
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 125
Tracks: "The Tiding" - "Onslaught" - "Ivory Tusk" - "What's For Breakfast" - "I Have My Moments" - "Optimistic Thoughts" - "The Best Part" - "Sweet Pain" - "All In The Groove" - "Support Your Local Emperor" - "Bagheera" - "Mountain Cry"
Blues Traveler - Save His Soul Save His Soul
Released: April, 1993
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 72
Tracks: "Trina Magna" - "Love & Greed" - "Letter From A Friend" - "Believe Me" - "Go Outside And Drive" - "Defense & Desire" - "Whoops" - "Manhattan Bridge" - "Love Of My Life" - "NY Prophesie" - "Save His Soul" - "Bullsh_tter's Lament" - "Conquer Me" - "Fledgling"
Blues Traveler - Four Four
Released: September, 1994
US: 6x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 8
Tracks: "Run-Around" - "Stand" - "Look Around" - "Fallible" - "The Mountains Win Again" - "Freedom" - "Crash Burn" - "Price To Pay" - "Hook" - "The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly" - "Just Wait" - "Brother John"
Blues Traveler - Live From The Fall Live From The Fall
Released: July, 1996
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 46
Rolling Stone review: 3 and 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone
Live Tracks: "Love And Greed" - "Mulling It Over" - "Closing Down The Park" - "Regarding Steven" - "New York Prophesie" - "100 Years" - "Crash Burn" - "Gina" - "But Anyway" - "Mountain Cry" - "Alone" - "Freedom" - "Mountains Win" - "Breakfast" - "Go" - "Low" - "Run" - "Hippie/Imagine"
Blues Traveler - Straight Out Till Morning Straight On Till Morning
Released: July, 1997
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 11
Rolling Stone review: 3 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Carolina Blues" - "Felicia" - "Justify The Thrill" - "Canadian Rose" - "Business As Usual" - "Yours" - "Psycho Joe" - "Great Big World" - "Battle Of Someone" - "Most Precarious" - "The Gunfighter" - "Last Night I Dreamed" - "Make My Way"
John Popper - Zygote John Popper: Zygote
Released: September, 1999
Billboard peak: # 105
Rolling Stone review: 3 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Miserable Bastard" - "Once You Wake Up" - "Growing In Dirt" - "Tip The Domino" - "His Own Ideas" - "Home" - "Love For Free" - "How About Now" - "Evil In My Chair" - "Lunatic" - "Open Letter" - "Fledgling"
Blues Traveler - Bridge Bridge
Released: May, 2001
Billboard peak: # 91
Rolling Stone review: 3 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Back In The Day" - "Girl Inside My Head" - "Rage" - "Just For Me" - "You Reach Me" - "All Hands" - "Pretty Angry" - "The Way" - "You Lost Me There" - "Sadly A Fiction" - "You're Burning Me" - "Decision Of The Skies"
Blues Traveler - What You And I Have Been Through What You And I Have Been Through
Released: October, 2002
Live Tracks: "Star Spangled Banner" - "Slow Change" - "Reach Me" - "Sadly A Fiction" - "Carolina Blues" - "Pattern" - "Back In The Day" - "Rage" - "Lost Me There" - "All Hands" - "The Path"
Blues Traveler - Travelogue: Blues Traveler Classics Travelogue: Blues Traveler Classics
Released: November, 2002
Tracks: "But Anyway" - "Gina" - "Mulling It Over" - "100 Years" - "Optimistic Thought" - "Sweet Pain" - "Mountain Cry" - "Love & Greed" - "Conquer Me" - "Run-Around" - "Regarding Steven" - "The Mountains Win Again" - "Crash Burn" - "Hook" - "Carolina Blues" - "Canadian Rose" - "Just For Me"
Blues Traveler - Truth Be Told Truth Be Told
Released: August, 2003
Billboard peak: # 147
Tracks: "Unable To Get Free" - "Eventually (I'll Come Around)" - "Sweet & Broken" - "My Blessed Pain" - "Let Her And Let Go" - "Thinnest Of Air" - "Can't See Why" - "Stumble & Fall" - "This Ache" - "Mount Normal" - "The One"
Blues Traveler - Bastardos Bastardos
Released: September, 2005
Rolling Stone: 2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "You Can't Stop Thinking About Me" - "Amber Awaits" - "After What" - "Money Back Guarantee" - "Can't Win True Love" - "Nail" - "Leaning In" - "She And I" - "Rubberneck" - "Nerfertiti" - "What Could Possibly Go Wrong" - "That Which Doesn't Kill You" - "She Isn't Mine" - "The Children Of The Night"
Blues Traveler - North Hollywood Shootout North Hollywood Shootout
Released: August, 2008
Tracks: "Forever Owed" - 'You, Me And Everything" - "Love Does" - "Borrowed Time" - "The Beacons" - "Orange In The Sun" - "What Remains" - "How You Remember It" - "The Queen Of Sarajevo" - "Free Willis"
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