Blues Traveler celebrates its thirtieth year as a band in 2017. Founding members Chan Kinchla and John Popper have known each other since their teen years in Princeton, New Jersey. Kinchla says that the band's longevity in part comes down to the bonds the band members forged in those early years.
“When you’ve known each other since you’ve were 13-14, there’s a lot of bonds that go a little deeper than when you meet people in your twenties,” the guitarist says. “So if there’s friction or something like, we have that relationship to fall back on.”