No matter how much the world around us may change, music persists as the last original magic. It appears seemingly out of nowhere, affecting and altering emotions, feelings, and moods before melting back into the ether. Now, on August 11th, Blues Traveler will channel that magic with the release of “Fool For You,” the very first single from the band’s upcoming fifteenth full-length album Traveler’s Soul on Round Hill Records/Black Hill Records.
Comprised of John Popper (vocals, harmonica), Chan Kinchla (guitar), Tad Kinchla (bass), Ben Wilson (keyboards), and Brendan Hill (drums), Blues Traveler introduce this new chapter of music with “Fool For You”, originally written by Curtis Mayfield and popularized by The Impressions (the group that he was a member of) in 1968. Characterized by a wailing harmonica that gives way to an understated guitar riff and a heavenly piano melody, the ebb-and-flow underlines a smoldering vocal performance from John backed by a rapturous choir.
“It’s actually got a unique time signature,” Chan says. “The instrumentation we use is different from what’s on the original recording, but it has a modern vibe. It was strangely tricky and definitely a great challenge. We just love the way it turned out.”
Blues Traveler always treat this magic with the utmost care. It’s why they continue to resonate as loudly as ever among audiences nearly four decades since their emergence. It’s why their catalog endures, comprising three gold-selling records, one platinum LP, and the 6x-platinum opus Four highlighted by the GRAMMY® Award-winning “Run Around.” It’s why they can still roll through any town on tour and pack a shed or amphitheater. It’s why they even notched their most recent GRAMMY® nod in 2022. It’s also why they tally tens of millions of streams to this day.