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 multi-platinum 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 thirteenth 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]. Rollings' intense attention to detail unlocked a rich sonic spectrum as he challenged and pushed each member to excel without compromising or taking "no" for an answer. After five weeks, they came home with the 12 tracks comprising Hurry Up & Wait Around.
"It's our truth," Popper explains. "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.