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River Roots Live: Seeing God for a Minute – Blues Traveler, August 20, 9:30 p.m.
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2011-08-03 14:40:03

(Other coverage of River Roots Live 2011 can be found here.)

Blues Traveler

Blues Traveler guitarist and songwriter Chan Kinchla calls the band’s 2005 album ¡Bastardos! “our transitional record,” and he admitted it has been a long transition.

Following three gold albums, the group – fronted by vocalist, harmonica player, and songwriter John Popper – had a top-10 hit in the mid-1990s with Four’s “Run-Around,” and the record itself went platinum six times, no small feat for a jam band. Straight on Till Morning (from 1997) also went platinum, but the death in 1999 of bassist Bobby Sheehan spurred a process of reinvention that might finally be over.

Blues Traveler will be headlining River Roots Live on Saturday, August 20, and as the band prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary next year, it’s planning big things. A retrospective package – including B sides and live material – is slated for March release, Kinchla said in a phone interview last week. (“The B sides have turned into almost a pretty good album all by themselves.”) And a new record is in the works for the summer. That, he said, will be Blues Traveler’s attempt at a great album.

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