Blues Traveler Tour Bus Crashes, Leaving Band Members with Minor Injuries

by Matthew Memrick

The bus of rock group Blues Traveler crashed in Minnesota late Wednesday night, and several group members sustained minor injuries.

TMZ reported John Popper and crew were on the way to a Rochester stop when the tour bus lost control on Interstate 90 in Winona County and crashed in the center median.

Band representative Deborah Radel told the website that the bus passengers were trapped inside, and first responders freed the band soon as they arrived.

TMZ reported the band, known for their sings “Hook” and “Runaround,” would play Friday despite the crash at the Mayo Civic Park. JJ Grey and Mofro are also the co-headliner.  

Emergency personnel transported three people, including Popper, to the hospital after the single-vehicle crash. Popper posted on Facebook after the wreck. He told his friends that he hurt his ribs while another band member suffered from a dislocated shoulder

“Bus just crashed!!” Popper said. “Dunno what’s going on everything hurts… I think we’re stuck on the bus we’re all going to get checked, but we’re still trying to get [email protected]*king door open… more later.”

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune said there were eight people on the bus. 

Blues Traveler has tour stops in Island Lake, Ill., Chesterfield, Mo., Fort Wayne, Ind., and Evansville, Ind. The band will swing into New England for a few concerts before heading south for four North Carolina stops. The band’s tour goes through late November. 

Fans React To the News

As for the crash, fans sent out their sympathies.

One fan recalled a former band tour stop in Louisiana and another injury.

“Wow – glad you’re ok!” Earnest Baynard said. “I was down at Tulane when you were recording Save His Soul in NOLA, and Jon had his bike accident – we prayed then too! One thing about those days was that Chan & Brooklyn Bob (RIP) played in local clubs – which was super cool to see….

Even Popper’s co-headliner, JJ Grey and Mofro, chimed in on Facebook.

“Dang! Glad y’all are safe!”

Blues Traveler Talks About New Album 

The band was in New York three days ago to perform a cover of the song “Crazy” on Today. The band’s new album, “Travelers Blues,” came out July 30. Crystal Bowersox performed with the band.

In an American Songwriter story, Popper said he and the band coped with the pandemic. Popper put together a new solo album, and Blues Traveler recorded its 14th release. Blues Traveler, who has been together for 30 years, met in Nashville to record.

Popper, along with guitarist Chan Kinchla, bassists Tad Kinchla, keyboardist Ben Wilson and drummer Brendan Hill, met Willie Nelson producer Matt Rollings to record the album. 

With Traveler’s Blues, Popper said the band took their favorite blues songs with some newer stuff for a “controlled experiment” of songs.