Blues Traveler lands at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe at 8 p.m. July 29.
After selling millions of records and logging thousands of miles on the road, Grammy award-winning band Blues Traveler continues to chart new musical directions as evident on their latest recording, “Blow Up The Moon.”
A clever collaboration between various artists, “Blow Up the Moon” sees Blues Traveler keeping an open-minded perspective on making music and enlists an eclectic mix of songwriters influenced by the band’s remarkable 25-plus year career.
This is the first collaborative album that Blues Traveler has ever made. Before these sessions, it was rare for the band to have someone else perform on their songs and even more rare to have anyone outside the band write with them. It’s an exciting collaboration featuring a range of artists across the spectrum, representing country, pop, reggae and hip-hop.
“We wanted to experiment with cowriting since we usually try to do everything in-house, in this misguided homage to The Beatles,” says singer John Popper.
“We found quality writers to see what they could bring to us as a band, and also people who could see our strengths, something that’s hard to see for yourself,” he said.
Collaborating artists include Thompson Square, Plain White T’s, 3OH! 3, Dirty Heads and Rome Ramirez (Sublime), Hanson, Jewel, Secondhand Serenade, JC Chasez (*NSYNC), Bowling for Soup, New Hollow and Thomas Ian Nicholas.
The concept came about when the band was commemorating the 20th anniversary of their award-winning and breakthrough album “Four.”
“Once the idea was put out there, the thing took on a life of its own,” says guitarist Chan Kinchla. “We had so much fun reinvigorating our songwriting. This was an organic process that worked.”
Tickets on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Penn’s Peak Box Office and Roadies Restaurant and Bar. For more information visit pennspeak.com or call 866-605-7325.