New York, USA blues-rock quartet Blues Traveler are led by singer and harmonica player John Popper (29 March 1967, Cleveland, Ohio, USA). Some of the interest in the band in the mid-90s arose from the fact that Popper was a close friend of Eric Schenkman and Chris Barron, putting the pair (who subsequently formed the Spin Doctors) in contact with each other. Like the latter band and another set of friends, Phish, Blues Traveler share an appetite for extended jams, and at their best, the spontaneous musicianship that flows through their live sets can be inspired.
Popper first sought to play harmonica after being inspired by the movie The Blues Brothers, while at school in Connecticut. He initially intended to become a comedian; his physical appearance has prompted comparisons with actor John Belushi. When Popper moved to Princeton, New Jersey, to attend high school, he met drummer Brendan Hill (b. 27 March 1970), the duo calling themselves...
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