A New York-based blues-rock quartet formed in 1988 by singer/harmonica player
were part of a revival of the extended jamming style of '60s and '70s groups like
. Signed to A&M, they released their first album,
in September 1991.
was in a serious car accident in 1992, leaving him unable to perform for a number of months. Fortunately, he recovered, yet he still had to perform in a wheelchair for a period of time. In April 1993,
, which became the band's first to make the Top 100.
's aptly named fourth album, Four
, released in September 1994, at first looked like a sales disappointment, but it rebounded in 1995 when "Run-Around," a single taken from it, became the group's first chart hit. "Run-Around" became one of the biggest singles of 1995, spending nearly a full year on the charts and sending Four
into quintuple platinum status. As the group prepared the follow-up to Four
, Blues Traveler
released the live double album Live from the Fall
in the summer of 1996. The group returned in the summer of 1997 with its fifth studio album, Straight on Till Morning
. After completing his 1999 debut solo effort, Zygote
-- who'd been experiencing chest pains for months -- was forced to undergo an angioplasty; weeks later, tragedy struck on August 20, 1999, when Sheehan
was found dead in his New Orleans home. He was just 31 years old.
The new millennium saw a newly charged Blues Traveler
, and their sixth record, Bridge
, appeared in May 2001. The next winter, Blues Traveler
released the live What You and I Have Been Through
. The studio record Truth Be Told
followed in 2003, and another concert album, Live on the Rocks
, appeared in 2004. The group returned to the studio in 2004, releasing the Jay Bennett
in September of the following year. In 2007, Blues Traveler
released Cover Yourself
, a collection of previous hits reworked with acoustic arrangements. The David Bianco
-produced North Hollywood Shootout
appeared from Verve Forecast in 2008. In March 2012, the band released 25, a two-disc set (one disc of hits and key tracks and a second disc of B-sides, demos, and rarities) celebrating the group's 25th anniversary. It was followed in June by Suzie Cracks the Whip, the group's 11th studio album, which was produced by S*A*M & Sluggo, and featured guest spots from Ron Sexsmith, Chris Barron (Spin Doctors), and Crystal Bowersox. Three years later, Blues Traveler
returned with Blow Up the Moon, an album filled with collaborations from pop stars including Jewel, Hanson, Plain White T's, and JC Chasez.