Album review: The Jeff Healey Band, Cover to Cover (1995)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, APRIL 20, 1995 By Steve Newton Considering the mostly weak material that characterized the Jeff Healey Band’s previous release, Feel This, it’s no surprise that the Toronto-based blues-rock trio has gone the cover route. The spark that lit up the band’s 1988 debut, See the Light, has all but … Continue reading Album review: The Jeff Healey Band, Cover to Cover (1995)

John Popper’s wild harp licks in Vancouver bring to mind Jan Hammer on Wired

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 7, 1995 Blues Traveler singer-harpist John Popper may be the most awe-inspiring harmonica player in the world of rock, but what really makes him special is the way he couples the mastery of his instrument with truly outstanding vocals. There aren’t that many virtuoso instrumentalists who can also … Continue reading John Popper’s wild harp licks in Vancouver bring to mind Jan Hammer on Wired

Blues Traveler’s wheelchair-bound John Popper displays weapons and wicked harmonica in Vancouver

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MAY 20, 1993 By Steve Newton In the liner notes to the new Blues Traveler release, Save His Soul, John Popper is credited with “vocals, harmonica, Irish whistle, acoustic 12-string, electric guitar, 12-gauge shotgun, and 9-mm pistol”. Now, I didn’t see any shotguns or pistols at the Commodore last Thursday … Continue reading Blues Traveler’s wheelchair-bound John Popper displays weapons and wicked harmonica in Vancouver