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  posted on 9/25/2015 at 11:42 AM
Well, just won tickets to see this band at the House of Blues in Dallas tomorrow night. Have never seen them live, but have heard that they're awesome in concert. Has anyone else seen them before? Give me your thoughts. Thanks.
 
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  posted on 9/25/2015 at 12:24 PM
it's a whole lotta harmonica. and i mean a whole lotta harmonica.

 

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  posted on 9/25/2015 at 12:26 PM
I've only seen Blues Traveler once, The Horde Festival in 1994 (ABB headlined). They put on a great show. I did however see one of Popper's side projects, Brother's Keeper, in January of this year in a local club. He is without a doubt one of the best harmonica players in the world...........at times you are going to think you are listening to a Hammond organ or a synthesizer. He has a lot of gadgets to alter the sound of his harp. Brother's Keeper was with a bunch of high-level, respected session players.

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And I have no doubt in my mind that the entire Blues Traveler band will be good. Don't know how many original members there are but from Wikipedia, looks like the original guitarist and drummer. Original bassist Billy Sheehan O.D.'d back in 1999. They also have added a keyboard player.

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  posted on 9/25/2015 at 12:53 PM
Saw them a few years ago. It was a fun show
 

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  posted on 9/25/2015 at 02:58 PM
If I was forced to choose between seeing John Popper and Blues Traveler and getting kicked in the nutz, I'd take the kick in the nutz. It would be way more pleasurable. Pooper is the biggest pompous ass in the business.

 

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  posted on 9/25/2015 at 04:37 PM
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If I was forced to choose between seeing John Popper and Blues Traveler and getting kicked in the nutz, I'd take the kick in the nutz. It would be way more pleasurable. Pooper is the biggest pompous ass in the business.


I don't know where that's coming from. I talked to Popper after the club show I saw by Brother's Keeper in January of this year, he was at the merchandise table. He was one of the nicest, most personable musicians I've ever had a conversation with.

 

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  posted on 9/25/2015 at 04:44 PM
Maybe hes more mellow now because he really thought he was the shiz back when they were on FM and on Sterm

 

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  posted on 9/25/2015 at 05:07 PM
Rob, fwiw John Popper is my least favorite musician/person. I thought he and BT sucked when nobody heard of them and they opened for the ABB in 92 (?). That particular show was probably my least favorite ABB show thanks in part to Popper. He's under the impression that he created the Horde Fest and was a jerk to the Crowes on that tour. I've seen Popper singlehandedly ruin not one but two X-mas Jams. Playing nonstop and over the top of everybody. It's a harmonica for christsakes!!! Hey your mileage may differ. The poster asked for opinions. I wouldn't piss on Popper if he was on fire.

 

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Rob, fwiw John Popper is my least favorite musician/person. I thought he and BT sucked when nobody heard of them and they opened for the ABB in 92 (?). That particular show was probably my least favorite ABB show thanks in part to Popper. He's under the impression that he created the Horde Fest and was a jerk to the Crowes on that tour. I've seen Popper singlehandedly ruin not one but two X-mas Jams. Playing nonstop and over the top of everybody. It's a harmonica for christsakes!!! Hey your mileage may differ. The poster asked for opinions. I wouldn't piss on Popper if he was on fire.
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  posted on 9/25/2015 at 06:39 PM
Saw them for the third time a month ago, always put on a good show.
 

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Rob, fwiw John Popper is my least favorite musician/person. I thought he and BT sucked when nobody heard of them and they opened for the ABB in 92 (?). That particular show was probably my least favorite ABB show thanks in part to Popper. He's under the impression that he created the Horde Fest and was a jerk to the Crowes on that tour. I've seen Popper singlehandedly ruin not one but two X-mas Jams. Playing nonstop and over the top of everybody. It's a harmonica for christsakes!!! Hey your mileage may differ. The poster asked for opinions. I wouldn't piss on Popper if he was on fire.
Popper may well be a d!ck, but the robinson boys are as well.


The HORDE dispute is a he said/he said, and no one will ever know the truth. Frankly, I'm inclined to believe Popper. I love the Crowes, but Chris' douchbaggery is the stuff of legend, and continues to this day.

 

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  posted on 9/25/2015 at 07:12 PM
i was gonna stay out of this but will add my 2 cents i guess.

i saw them way way back a few times before that "runaround" album. they were great live back then. even a few years after. personally i think the last 10-15 years though they are very disappointing. in the early years it felt like a jam, today it feels programmed. but i guess it depends on your expectations.

 

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  posted on 9/25/2015 at 09:23 PM
Re: HORDE origins. Spring 91 WSP, BT, & Phish are touring all over but are biggest in the SE & NE respectively and the jam scene is getting a bit of growth / notice beyond being Dead wanna be's.

So summer of 91, a little circus of alt rock rolls across the US, courtesy of Perry and the boys in Jane's Addiction, because they wanted an all day festival of friends & comrades from their scene. Somehow it works, even though many of the shows were in fields and festival grounds. Popper gets the idea for his friends to do the same the following summer in 92 with Phish on most of the NE dates and WSP on the southern ones.

Blues Traveler play Super Jam 2 that spring of 92 in Athens, and are well known for the 1st album's getting radio play. BT plays a fantastic set in the fields of Athens Fairgrounds just before dark. Everybody's wondering how the home team will top it, but of course they do; Just Kissed My Baby! The tape from the show even has Garrie Vareen (R.I.P. ) Mentioning some of the upcoming HORDE dates. BT's popularity is what gets it to happen that first year. The interlocking sets of ARU , BT & WSP are great fun for the bands and audiences (more music!! And transformational weirdness !!). It's successful and year 2 gets even bigger. Did things get weird and Poppers head too big sometime after, dunno don't care. He was the one that got it going. And the Brothers Robinson were some hard to handle mofo's then and now.

Rob, glad to hear he was down to earth and hanging at the merchandise table when you saw him.

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Re: HORDE origins. Spring 91 WSP, BT, & Phish are touring all over but are biggest in the SE & NE respectively and the jam scene is getting a bit of growth / notice beyond being Dead wanna be's.

So summer of 91, a little circus of alt rock rolls across the US, courtesy of Perry and the boys in Jane's Addiction, because they wanted an all day festival of friends & comrades from their scene. Somehow it works, even though many of the shows were in fields and festival grounds. Popper gets the idea for his friends to do the same the following summer in 92 with Phish on most of the NE dates and WSP on the southern ones.

Blues Traveler play Super Jam 2 that spring of 92 in Athens, and are well known for the 1st album's getting radio play. BT plays a fantastic set in the fields of Athens Fairgrounds just before dark. Everybody's wondering how the home team will top it, but of course they do; Just Kissed My Baby! The tape from the show even has Garrie Vareen (R.I.P. ) Mentioning some of the upcoming HORDE dates. BT's popularity is what gets it to happen that first year. The interlocking sets of ARU , BT & WSP are great fun for the bands and audiences (more music!! And transformational weirdness !!). It's successful and year 2 gets even bigger. Did things get weird and Poppers head too big sometime after, dunno don't care. He was the one that got it going. And the Brothers Robinson were some hard to handle mofo's then and now.

Rob, glad to hear he was down to earth and hanging at the merchandise table when you saw him.

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All right, all right ... the Robinson Brothers have issues. Nobody is more mad at Chris than I for his latest "douchebaggery" with the ending of the Crowes. However, there is no comparison to the bodies of work or live performances between the bands. The Crowes surpassed the ABB for me at least in the continued creation of relevant music. Something that was lost on the ABB powers that be much to the frustration of the fans and probably Warren, Derek and Otiel. Now as for John Popper ... One of favorite examples of his douchebaggery which I had the horrible displeasure to sit through was the X-mas Jam. I believe it was still at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium and not the week long marathon at the Civic Center that it has become. If my memory serves me right, Warren paired Audley Freed, Jimmy Herring, Kevn Kinney and Pooper. The possibility of something beautiful happening was there on paper. It evaporated on stage when it became apparent that Popper was going to play over everybody there. Hell he wouldn't even allow Kevn to sing the lyrics without blowing some jibberish over him. Two of fine guitarist were regulated to strumming simple chords while Popper went on and on ... and on ... and on. Mercifully the other three quit playing and Popper stopped after another couple of minutes. It was right there that I began to revel in my hatred for the man and his harmonica. And he's never ever given me cause to doubt my decision since. Instead of free tickets to Blues Traveler, I'd pay Eagles prices to go see John Popper spontaneously combust on stage or better yet burned at the stake. Oh wait ... Where were we? I'm sorry in my joy I got a little carried away.

 

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  posted on 9/27/2015 at 01:36 PM
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Instead of free tickets to Blues Traveler, I'd pay Eagles prices to go see John Popper spontaneously combust on stage or better yet burned at the stake.


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I'm sure Rob. And with no talent John Popper and his evil harmonica out there, those therapists will have no shortage of folks needing their help.k

 

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Instead of free tickets to Blues Traveler, I'd pay Eagles prices to go see John Popper spontaneously combust on stage or better yet burned at the stake.


There are good Therapists out there for guys like you...........



Have a sense of humor because that was some funny stuff and I kind of like BT.

 

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All right, all right ... the Robinson Brothers have issues. Nobody is more mad at Chris than I for his latest "douchebaggery" with the ending of the Crowes. However, there is no comparison to the bodies of work or live performances between the bands. The Crowes surpassed the ABB for me at least in the continued creation of relevant music. Something that was lost on the ABB powers that be much to the frustration of the fans and probably Warren, Derek and Otiel. Now as for John Popper ... One of favorite examples of his douchebaggery which I had the horrible displeasure to sit through was the X-mas Jam. I believe it was still at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium and not the week long marathon at the Civic Center that it has become. If my memory serves me right, Warren paired Audley Freed, Jimmy Herring, Kevn Kinney and Pooper. The possibility of something beautiful happening was there on paper. It evaporated on stage when it became apparent that Popper was going to play over everybody there. Hell he wouldn't even allow Kevn to sing the lyrics without blowing some jibberish over him. Two of fine guitarist were regulated to strumming simple chords while Popper went on and on ... and on ... and on. Mercifully the other three quit playing and Popper stopped after another couple of minutes. It was right there that I began to revel in my hatred for the man and his harmonica. And he's never ever given me cause to doubt my decision since. Instead of free tickets to Blues Traveler, I'd pay Eagles prices to go see John Popper spontaneously combust on stage or better yet burned at the stake. Oh wait ... Where were we? I'm sorry in my joy I got a little carried away.


wow in all the years you've been posting I don't think I've ever seen you rip anyone....so gotta be something to those feelings...I saw BT maybe 15 years ago with Robben Ford and Los Lonely Boys....not my thing...but I'm kinda in the camp of as little harmonica as possible please....right there with cow bell....It was his show so he did his thing....I've never seen him in a sit in situation....but I can tell you through many years of gigging I learned long ago to never let a harp player sit in. They automatically think every little tiny space is their's...plus most don't know how to not feed back ....

(In my Yosemite Sam voice) "I hates harmonica"....

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  posted on 9/27/2015 at 04:27 PM
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wow in all the years you've been posting I don't think I've ever seen you rip anyone....so gotta be something to those feelings...I saw BT maybe 15 years ago with Robben Ford and Los Lonely Boys....not my thing...but I'm kinda in the camp of as little harmonica as possible please....right there with cow bell....It was his show so he did his thing....I've never seen him in a sit in situation....but I can tell you through many years of gigging I learned long ago to never let a harp player sit in. They automatically think every little tiny space is their's...plus most don't know how to not feed back ....

(In my Yosemite Sam voice) "I hates harmonica"....


If there's anyone's musical opinion that I respect on this website, it's you Ron. WAY too many smoking hot performances that I've witnessed to even go there.

I'm just making an observation: Extreme aversion to the harmonica goes against the musical principles of the original Allman Brothers Band. And therefore, as their leader, against Duane's personal taste. Everyone knows that Thom Doucette toured extensively with them in the early days and is on the Fillmore East record. I can certainly see your point, though, that some harmonica players can get out of control, but you would know more on that subject that I would.

Just curious what you think of this youtube, Ron. I think it's some EXCITING harmonica playing. I shot it a week ago today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt9zD0Xli_A



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wow in all the years you've been posting I don't think I've ever seen you rip anyone....so gotta be something to those feelings...I saw BT maybe 15 years ago with Robben Ford and Los Lonely Boys....not my thing...but I'm kinda in the camp of as little harmonica as possible please....right there with cow bell....It was his show so he did his thing....I've never seen him in a sit in situation....but I can tell you through many years of gigging I learned long ago to never let a harp player sit in. They automatically think every little tiny space is their's...plus most don't know how to not feed back ....

(In my Yosemite Sam voice) "I hates harmonica"....



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If there's anyone's musical opinion that I respect on this website, Ron. WAY too many smoking hot performances that I've witnessed to even go there.

I'm just making an observation: Extreme aversion to the harmonica goes against the musical principles of the original Allman Brothers Band. And therefore, as their leader, against Duane's personal taste. Everyone knows that Thom Doucette toured extensively with them in the early days and is on the Fillmore East record. I can certainly see your point, though, that some harmonica players can get out of control, but you would know more on that subject that I would.

Just curious what you think of this youtube, Ron. I think it's some EXCITING harmonica playing. I shot it a week ago today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt9zD0Xli_A







[Edited on 9/27/2015 by robslob]


The Brothers kept Ace on a very short leash....he had his "part" he wasn't up there stomping on the band

Kim Wilson....I opened for him when he was with the T-Birds....he is also much more restraint than most.

You should also know I don't like too much guitar either alla Joe Bonnamossa

Over the years I gigged locally there were many guys who wanted to "sit in" and at first I would let it happen...there became a point where I didn't...even to the point of people getting angry....I actually shutdown all sit in's because for the most part they never really come together....and if you ever noticed Rob I don't sit in with other bands....because it takes away from their show and again it never really comes off well...It just becomes one big band jerk off...Harmonicas players just have the strangle hold on "jerk off"....followed closely by guitar players....

(In my Yosemite Sam voice) "I hate's jam session and sit in's"

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  posted on 9/27/2015 at 05:57 PM
Goldtop my friend Rusty has a band called the Part Time Blues Band. He and they are very good. Some years ago they had an 80 year old singer named Fred Jackson who played with them. Fred liked to sing in the key of F (or was it F#?). Why? Not because it was in his vocal range, but because harmonica cats usually didn't have an F or Bb harmonica with them. Swear to God. I miss ole Fred. The PTB and Fred won a blues competition where they won a recording contract and to represent Charlotte in Memphis for the national competition. They chose to record a live show for that portion of the prize. Had mikes set up, huge board, place was packed, excitement in the air, band introduced, tear into the first number ... some kid in the first row acting a fool. Fred stops the song less than a minute in and goes, "Motherf*cker what's your problem? Can't you see I'm working?" I thought I'd piss myself.

 

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  posted on 9/27/2015 at 06:01 PM
The trouble with Popper is that he over plays and always goes for the fast notes. "The Heavy Metal Harmonica" player. After a few songs it just becomes a constant blur of notes. Shame as they have some great songs but the harmonica becomes a buzz saw to my ears. I much prefer the earlier albums _ Travellers and Thieves is my favorite. I enjoy them opening as it contains Popper a bit. But have seen them many times as the theme is a blur of notes. He can play the crap out of it and in doses it is great.

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Well, the show was really good. Popper can really play that harmonica!! I didn't know all the songs that were played, because I think they change the setlist quite a bit at each show. They played Runaround, and they played some stuff from their new album as well. They also did The Devil Went Down To Georgia which was really fun to hear on harmonica. Great show, but won't be doing General Admission at House of Blues anymore. Too packed on that floor and people bump into you quite a bit.
 

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"I much prefer the earlier albums _ Travellers and Thieves is my favorite."

I totally agree with CanadianMule on this. Whatever you think of Popper as a performer or harmonica player, he has written some damn good songs. It's a shame the best ones were written over 20 years ago. Onslaught, Support Your Local Emperor, Crystal Flame, Slow Change.....lots of great material on those first few albums.

"He's under the impression that he created the Horde Fest"

Well.....Popper basically did, didn't he? That is the only version of the HORDE story I've ever heard. I do not think this is even in dispute.

He obviously had a lot of teamwork from the other bands like Phish and Panic, but the basic idea for HORDE came from John Popper. Why do you think Blues Traveler played every single HORDE tour, often playing in a more "headline" slot than they necessarily deserved? Was that just coincidence? Come on, man....

Again, dislike him if you must, but at least give him credit for creating one of the greatest tours of all time. The 1992 and 1993 HORDE tours are as good as it gets.

 
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