New album celebrates Blues Traveler’s 30th annniversary
Songs that last tell stories. Real magic happens when a cranked guitar chord, wailing harmonica, saucy beat, and soulful vocal conjure up a psychedelic scene, a warm family memory, or a romance-gone-wrong (or -right, for that matter)… Since 1987, Grammy Award-winning multiplatinum rock mavericks Blues Traveler — John Popper (vocals, harmonica), Chan Kinchla (guitar), Tad Kinchla (bass), Ben Wilson (keyboards), and Brendan Hill (drums) — have spun such tales.
Moreover, they proudly continue this tradition on their 13th full-length album, Hurry Up & Hang Around. Unsurprisingly, there’s a hell of a story behind Hurry Up & Hang Around. As it goes, 2017 rolled around and marked the boys’ 30th anniversary. What better way to celebrate than to return with an all new body of work? Re-energized and focused, they hit the road for a month, joined forces with Cast Management, and returned to Nashville in order to work with Grammy Award-winning producer Matt Rollings (Willie Nelson).
After five weeks, they came home with the 12 tracks comprising Hurry Up & Wait Around. “It’s our truth,” Popper leaves off. “When you hear this, I hope the songs matter to you. I want to get into your heart. If you enjoy what we’re doing in any way, our mission is accomplished. We’re a family. You’re a part of that.” This story is really getting good now on Hurry Up & Hang Around.
Blues Traveler – ‘Accelerated Nation’ Lyric Video
Blues Traveler – Hurry Up And Hang Around
Release date: 12 October 2018
1. Accelerated Nation
2. She Becomes My Way
3. The Touch She Has
4. When You Fall Down
5. The Wolf Is Bumpin’
6. Daddy Went A Giggin
7. Tangle Of Our Dreaming
8. More Than Truth
9. Prayer Upon The Wind
10. Miss Olympus
11. Phone Call From Leavenworth
12. Ode From The Aspect