Suzie Cracks the Whip Blues Traveler

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Label: Round Hill Records

Genre: Blues

Subgenre: Blues Rock

Artist: Blues Traveler

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  • 1You Don't Have to Love Me03:42
  • 2Recognize My Friend03:48
  • 3Devil in the Details03:34
  • 4All Things Are Possible03:33
  • 5Things Are Looking Up04:24
  • 6Love is Everything (That I Describe)02:20
  • 7I Don't Wanna Go03:51
  • 8Nobody Fall in Love with Me03:10
  • 9Cover Me03:27
  • 10Saving Grace03:41
  • 11Big City Girls03:26
  • 12Cara Let the Moon03:25
  • Total Runtime42:21

Info for Suzie Cracks the Whip

BLUES TRAVELER are one of the oldest blues groups still performing with almost the original line-up. According to legend, the band formed in 1997 in a garage in their hometown of Princeton, New Jersey (also the home of Bruce Springsteen, Danzig, Ill Nino and many others) and has played a wonderful mix of sweet soul, blues-eyed (white boy) blues with fine southern rock elements since the beginning. Band founders John Popper (vocals, harmonica) and Brendan Hill (drums) are still an important part of the group sound today.

"Suzie Cracks The Whip" is the group's eleventh studio album with 12 new songs (there are also three "Live" and two "Best Of" albums in the discography). When the boss blows his first passionate harmonica solo into the microphone in the first track "You Don't Have To Love Me", you can't help but "sway" along enthusiastically. Chan Kinchla's guitar sound is also fantastic, and right from the start he shows what he can do - from ultra-fast "alternate picking" to warm tube-distorted three-part high-pitched sides.

And whenever the blues wanderers unleash a new album on the world, the music fan can be sure to get an eclectic masterpiece for his record shelf. "Recognize My Friend" is a wonderful country-blues-pop piece with earworm character that will please all music lovers who once enjoyed the dull songs of "Huey Lewis & The News". It's a pity that songs like this don't get airplay because of the stupid programming policy of the radio stations! They really need a halfway good programme designer! Unfortunately, I don't know of any in Germany!

Also first class: "Devil In The Details" with a strong git solo that would also fit well into Carlos Santana's portfolio. A piece with which any cover band could score 100% with the audience. Do you like the band "UB40"? Haven't heard anything from them for a long time? "All Things Are Possible" could also be on one of Robin Campbell & Co's earlier records. A bluesy reggae for all fans of David Lindley or Jackson Browne.

The first blues rocker is "Things Are Looking Up", the country-folk soul is served with the relaxed "Love Is Everything (That I Describe)" and "I Don't Wanna Go" is a phat Southern roots-rock board with guest singer Crystal Bowersox (that's right - the singer who came second in the American casting show "American Idol" in 2010). The snappy honkytonk-rockabilly mix "Nobody Fall In Love With Me" develops into a rousing body-twister when John Popper gets going with his solo!

John Popper, vocals, harmonica
Chan Kinchla, guitar
Brendan Hill, drums
Tad Kinchla, bass
Ben Wilson, keyboards

Blues Traveler
is a rock band, formed in Princeton, New Jersey in 1987. The band's music covers a variety of genres, including blues rock, psychedelic rock, folk rock, soul, and Southern rock. Currently, the group comprises singer and harmonica player John Popper, guitarist Chan Kinchla, drummer Brendan Hill, bassist Tad Kinchla and keyboardist Ben Wilson.

Tad Kinchla and Ben Wilson joined the band following the death of original bassist Bobby Sheehan in 1999. While Blues Traveler is best known among fans for their improvisational live shows, the general public is most familiar with the group from their Top 40 singles "Run-Around" and "Hook".

They gained mainstream popularity after their fourth studio album four, released in 1994. Sheehan's death and Popper's struggle with obesity put a damper on the group's success, and A&M dropped the band in 2002.

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.

“To me, the album is about the same thing we’ve always been about for three decades: telling true stories,” affirms Popper. “Over the years, we’ve realized our truth consists of love for music, love for the life we’re living, love for each other, and love for the audience. When you’re honest, it resonates in other people. That’s the whole point of anything artistic.”

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?

So, for the first time, the musicians decided to rent a house in Nashville and write and record in “Music City.” By the time they settled in during the spring, that undertaking was far easier said than done…

“We were going through some changes as far as our infrastructure goes,” admits Popper. “We parted ways with two different managers. No preparations had really been made, and it seemed like it might be too late to make new music. Between taking meetings, we were by ourselves writing in the garage every day of this Nashville house. That was pretty cool, because we felt like a garage band again. There was a spirit of survival. We had something to celebrate, so we really came together as a band.”

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.

“Matt put it all on turbo boost, because he’s one of the finest producers we’ve ever worked with, period,” adds Popper. “He can bring out any sound he wants. He got takes out of me that I couldn’t ever get out of myself, and I’ve tried. However, he also let me be me. It’s one of the best production experiences we’ve ever had. It was an unexpected musical education.”

Punctuated by the cry of a wah-wah solo, the album opening Led Zeppelin-esque blues rock stomp of “Accelerated Nation” exposes how, “we’re all trapped and liberated at the same time by our automobiles.”

Blues Traveler fittingly introduced the record to audiences with the simmering groove of the first single “When You Fall Down.” Hinging on boisterous guitars and an Animal House-worthy hook (“The party starts when you fall down”), it captures the fire at the album’s heart. “There’s a carefree innocence to ‘When You Fall Down’,” the frontman elaborates. “You’re throwing off your cares in a party scenario. Of course, it alludes to people being so wasted they fall down, but that’s always fun,” he laughs.

Elsewhere, “She Becomes My Way” tempers cinematic piano chords with stirring Motown-style delivery, culminating on a hypnotic and heartfelt refrain.

“My wife had been dying for me to write a song about her,” he says. “When she finally left me alone long enough, I was able to. I tried to focus on the sensory feeling she gives me. That’s what it’s about.”

The guys add a twist of Blues Traveler gusto and wild harmonica to “Phone Call From Leavenworth”—originally written by an old friend, the late and great Chris Whitley.

Hurry Up & Hang Around climaxes on the emotionally charged and stark piano-driven ballad “Ode From The Aspect.” Written after imbibing a “magic” plant on Jam Cruise, it pays homage to the group’s faithful fan base.

“I went back to my room and wrote a song about the feeling the audience bestows on me and the love they give me,” he goes on. “It’s overwhelming. I feel like I expressed some stuff I hadn’t been able to express for years and may have not really said because of being coy or shy. It gets to the heart of what the fans mean to me.”

That fan base has only continued to grow since Blues Traveler first congregated in a Princeton, NJ garage. Along the way, they threw out the rule book and stirred up rowdy rock, smoky psychedelica, southern folk, staggering soul, and brash blues into an intoxicating brew that only gets better with age. The quintet kicked off their career with a trifecta of gold-certified albums, including Blues Traveler [1990], Travelers and Thieves [1991], and Save His Soul [1993]. 1994’s Four represented a major breakthrough, earning a six-times platinum certification and yielding classics such as “Hook,” “The Mountain Wins Again,” and the ubiquitous “Run-Around”—which earned a GRAMMY ® for “Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group.” Continuing that hot streak, 1998’s Straight On Till Morning also went platinum. Throughout the 2000’s, they prolifically unleashed albums and toured relentlessly, selling out venues worldwide and building something of a legend. However, their next chapter is shaping up to be their brightest and boldest yet.

Given their penchant for storytelling, it’s no surprise that “Run-Around” famously kicked off with the line, “Once upon a midnight eerie…” This story is really getting good now on Hurry Up & Hang 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.” – Rick Florino

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