Blues Traveler began their musical journey in the late ‘80s. In the early years, the band maintained an extensive cult following until their single “Run Around” brought worldwide focus to their music. Armed with a unique brand of harp-laden blues rock, Blues Traveler became infamous for their elaborate live jams.
Their performances on various late night talks shows were usually interrupted by the end credits. When they were not performing, the members of Blues Traveler busied themselves with organizing the epic H.O.R.D.E. Tour, which featured a seemingly endless list of like-minded musical acts. Both collectively and individually, Blues Traveler has definitely faced many obstacles. However, they still continue to bring their own brand of jam to the masses.
In 2012, Blues Traveler released their 11th studio album, “Suzie Cracks the Whip,” on the indie label 429 Records. The namesake of this album is Suzie Shinn, who is an assistant engineer at Killingsworth Studio in Valley Village, Ca. Shinn was known for her tireless work ethic while recording the album.
“Suzie Cracks the Whip” proves that Blues Traveler is still using the right ingredients in their aural recipe.
Front man John Popper’s vocals still maintain their fresh clarity, and their musical energy is undeniable with impressive rhythm breaks and flawless instrumentation.
Date: Thursday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m.
Venue: Soul Kitchen, 219 Dauphin St., www.soulkitchenmobile.com
Tickets: $25 adv./$28 day-of/$35 VIP avail. at Soul Kitchen, their website, Mellow Mushroom (MiMo/WeMo) and by calling 1-866-468-7630