Live With Kelly: Blues Traveler Sang “You Don’t Have to Love Me”


Live With Kelly: Blues Traveler Performance

Blues Traveler are a band that formed in Princeton, New Jersey in 1987. For over 25 years, the band have been known for their unique brand of experimental blues music that incorporates many instruments and influences such as southern rock, folk and soul. Blues Traveler have released ten albums, and are best known for hit songs such as “But Anyway,” “Hook,” and “Run Around,” the latter of which won them their first Grammy Award.

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Blues Traveler: Live With Kelly

Kelly and Carrie Ann gave the harmonica a whirl with Blues Traveler on Live With Kelly. (Dana Nalbandian /


Blues Traveler are now getting ready to release their latest full-length record, which is entitled Suzie Cracks the Whip. The album will be released this Tuesday, June 26th. Kelly and Carrie Ann welcomed Blues Traveler to the “Live” stage to play a song off of the new album, called “You Don’t Have to Love Me.”

Blues Traveler: “You Don’t Have to Love Me”

“You Don’t Have to Love Me,” a new song off of Suzie Cracks the Whip, incorporates many of the signature Blues Traveler characteristics: harmonicas, many different types of instrumentation, and an experimental blues sound. The song received a big round of applause from the “Live” audience– it’s clear that the veteran jam band have not lost their touch!

When they all finished playing, the members of Blues Traveler had a special gift for Kelly and Carrie Ann: their very own harmonicas! They’re not very skilled at playing, but the hosts gave the instruments a whirl anyway. Blues Traveler singer and frontman John Popper gave them some sound advice about the harmonica: “it’s like life– sometimes you blow, sometimes you suck.” He also showed off his new, homemade microphone, which allows him to adjust the effects on his voice while he’s singing.


Be sure to check out the latest Blues Traveler album, Suzie Cracks the Whip, when it hits store shelves June 26 2012!


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