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After eight albums, six gold or platinum records and sales of over 10 million discs, things seem to be finally coming together for Blues Traveler - again.
Officially formed in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1987, Blues Traveler grew a passionate regional following for its sweaty, titanic live shows. High school friends, the band moved to New York City early on, where it became a mainstay on the club and bar circuit, helping ignite a new generation of jam music fans. It wasn't long before the road became their new home, and jams became their calling card. In 1990, Blues Traveler bowed on A&M Records with a self-titled release, which spawned the minor hit and fan fave "But Anyway."
In 1994, the band released Four, an album that would change its members' lives, after hitting big with the singles "Run-Around" and "Hook". Winning a Grammy for the former, the disc went multi-platinum. Suddenly, Blues Traveler's pseudo-hippie H.O.R.D.E tour was ballooning. Running for the better part of a decade, over the years the Blues Traveler-created festival featured such rock heavyweights as The Allman Brothers Band and Neil Young to such future stars as Phish, Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow and many more.
On the heels of Four, the band gave its new mainstream audience a taste of its onstage power via 1996's double live album, Live From the Fall. A year later, the gloriously hooky Straight On Till Morning followed, and the band hit the road again. After more than 15 years together, the album-tour-album-tour-do-another-tour cycle was wearing the band down. They decided to take a year off and bassist Bobby Sheehan's passing came during that break.
When the band regrouped for 2001's Bridge, it obviously had a lot of musical and emotional work to do, but the expansion of the lineup helped matters immediately. In 2003, the band returned with Truth Be Told, as well as a DVD and live album documenting its celebrated shows at the scenic Red Rocks Amphitheatre near Denver.
Only on A&E's PRIVATE SESSIONS - In an in-depth interview the dynamic John Popper, Tad Kinchla and Chan Kinchla tell all from their beginnings jamming in garages to starting the H.O.R.D.E. Festival to becoming one of the most followed jam bands around.
Blues Traveler performs an all acoustic set in the studio.