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.