Just over a quarter-century ago, the four original members of Blues Traveler, who had known each other since their early teens — John Popper, Chandler Kinchla, the late Bobby Sheehan and Brendan Hill — gathered in the basement of their drummer’s parents’ Princeton, NJ, home. And so was born a band that has released a total of twelve studio albums, four of which have gone gold, three platinum and one six-times platinum. Over the course of an illustrious career, Blues Traveler has sold more than 10 million combined units worldwide and played over 2,000 live shows in front of more than 30 million people.
Their hit “Run-Around” is the longest-charting radio single in Billboard history, and earned them a Grammy® for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Their movie credits include Blues Brothers 2000, Kingpin, Wildflowers and others. A television favorite, they have been featured on Saturday Night Live, Austin City Limits, VH1’s Behind the Music and they hold the record for most appearances of any artist on The Late Show with David Letterman.
Their two-CD retrospective, 25 (Hip-O Select/UMe), offers an impressive overview of that career, with one disc featuring “greatest hits” like “Run-Around,” “Hook,” “But Anyway,” “Carolina Blues,” and a cover of Sublime’s “What I Got.” The second disc includes B-sides, unreleased demos and rarities— among them a remix of “Run-Around” by acclaimed electronic producers Gunslinger, and excerpts from the band’s online concept album, Decision of the Skies: A Traveler Tale of Sun and Storm.