I may try to squeeze in a Saturday article some weeks. I often have concert photographs and little place to drop them, so this might be the way I take care of that little problem. I’ll put a few here and, if I have a good many more, I’ll place them on the Inside of Knoxville FB page. I don’t have tons of extra time, so I’ll write very little, giving you more of a photo essay.
The first, as you can see, are shots from the Blues Traveler show last Sunday. It was a very solid show with original members John Popper on vocals and harmonica, guitarist Chan Kinchla and drummer Brendan Hill and newer members Tad Kinchla on bass and Ben Wilson on Keyboard.
I thought the band struck a good balance between hits and hooks and extended jams. Several of the bigger songs were there, but they inserted good portions from their most recent album, “Blow Up the Moon.” I liked a couple of those tracks well enough to download them later. I particularly recommend, “Hurricane.”
Popper was fun to watch, as ever and a little more engaging with the audience than I remember. He had what I called his “Popper Zone,” in the middle of the stage. Front side featured his vocal and harmonica mics and a case of harmonicas. Making sure matters stayed festive was a long line of red plastic cups which he alternated among and often had replenished during the show. His amps and something else that commanded his periodic attention was to the back of his zone. Fascinating guy.