Music: Blues Traveler

Blues Traveler is a jam band formed in the late 1980s and primarily known for its two 90s hits "Run Around" and "Hook" (both from the album Four) and for appearing on Roseanne as Dan's best friend.


This band provides examples of:

  • Epic Rocking: It comes with the territory as a jam band. "Crystal Flame," "Alone," "Sweet Pain," "Mountain Cry," "Whoops," and "Make My Way."
  • Grief Song: "Pretty Angry."
  • Large and In Charge: John Popper was one of the heaviest singers on the scene during his day. Health issues forced him to drop the weight.
  • Mixed Metaphor: The second and third verses of "Run-Around" are constant strings of these.
  • Off to See the Wizard: Blues Traveler parodied this story in the video for "Runaround": The Dorothy stand-in and her buddies can't get into the club where the band is performing, and when they manage to sneak in backstage they discover that John Popper is in the Wizard role, performing offstage while a younger, slimmer performer lip-syncs to his work onstage.
  • Run for the Border: "Get Out of Denver" is a local variant.
  • This Is a Song: "Hook" is entirely about itself, describing how the hook brings you back, confessing that he doesn't mean any of what he is singing, and how the lyrics affect the listener, among other things.