Remember John Popper and Blues Traveler?
Comin' at you from the 1990s, just one of those fat people doing cool things posts...
For some reason, Blues Traveler popped into my head today and felt inspired to find out what happened to them and their very talented band leader and frontman, John Popper.
Remember Blues Travelers' Run Around video, where the real band was hidden behind a curtain while conventionally cool-looking people lip synched and pretended to play instruments out front? That song was number 8 on the US charts and the album it was from, Hook, was 6x Platinum in the US. If you were alive and in America and owned a radio in the 1990s, then you almost certainly know at least a couple of their songs.
Depressingly, John Popper developed diabetes and heart disease in his twenties and had an angioplasty and weight loss surgery sometime around the turn of the 21st century. But at least he's still alive and kicking, 10+ years later. Sadly, his bandmate Bobby Sheehan (bass) died of a drug overdose at around the same time. The band lost their major label support, but has stayed together.
Now, John Hopper has formed a new group (a side project) called John Popper and the Duskray Troubadours. It looks like they're based in Austin, TX and are doing a lot of local shows at the moment. Here's a live performance from earlier this year:
I hope John Popper sticks around for many decades to come. He's a fantastic live performer with a distinctive vocal style, and he's possibly the best harmonica player I've ever heard.