Talking Turtles with John Popper

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Friday April 15th.  John Popper, known for his amazing harmonica sound from Blues Traveler, came in Atlanta and played The Masquerade!  Amanda Wilson and I arrived early to meet with John and do what we had hoped to be a very informative interview.  We were ambitious to say the least!  John was funny, witty and way too hard to reel in so it was never an ‘interview’.  It’s more like “Hanging with Popper”.  It is by far the strangest interview ever!

We stayed for the set and right off the bat John Popper and his band, The Duskray Troubadours opened with “Something Sweet” from their newest  CD “John Popper & The Duskray Troubadours”, (released 3/2011)   This was a great show, a much different vibe than Blues Traveler, with a little more rock and more harmonies.

The band, which he had the pleasure of meeting consisted of bassist Steve Lindsay, drummer Mark Clark, guitarists Kevin Trainor, Aaron Beavers and Jono Manson.

The band stuck to  songs from their newest album.  Playing through “All The Way Down” we saw some great harmonies.  “Alot Like You”, “But Anyway”, and “Bereft” followed. They played “Champipple”, “Inspiration”, “The Mountains ”, “Hurts So Much”, “Under The Stone”, “Make It Better”, “Hurdy ”, “End Of The Line”, and “Dont Tread On Me”.  The crowd was feeling it from the beginning and John’s remarks throughout the show kept them wanting more. I  like how he drew the crowd in and made it as though they were all friends, having some drinks and jamming.

There was no better way to end the set and night then with Blues Traveler’s hit “Run-around”.

Opening for John that night was the lovely and very talented Lisa Bouchelle.  We spoke with her briefly backstage and loved watching her and John sing “Tequila” at the end of her set!

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  1. Megan

    April 19, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    This is just as funny now as it was in person!! I love the fact that my “turtle” comment showed up in the title of this interview. :-)

  2. terra

    April 19, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    it was indeed an awesome show, and this was a nice review of it, but I’m disappointed you didn’t mention guitarist Jono Manson in the lineup.

  3. jkw

    April 20, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Really??? I saw Popper and the Troubadours @ the Canyons in Utah and LOVED their new sound, but frankly was disappointed to hear “Run Around”. It wasn’t a BT concert and we shouldn’t expect BT tunes…I love BT (prob more than anyone-EVER!) But I support a break for John…and I really like the Troubadour sound with him!!!

  4. rob alex

    April 20, 2011 at 6:26 am

    I agree with you, however I think for the crowd that night, it was a great way to end. The show was billed as John Popper of Blues Traveler with The Duskray Troubadours, so I think the crowd would have been mad if they didn’t play one BT song. I actually enjoyed the new band and was glad they stuck to their stuff mostly.

  5. rob alex

    April 20, 2011 at 6:26 am

    Terra! You are right! I fixed it :) Thank you for letting me know!

  6. Ange Alex

    April 20, 2011 at 6:27 am

    Megan, it was the most bizarre “interview” but one of the funniest. I had a great time! Glad you liked the use of Turtles in the title :) Great meeting you and hope to see you next time!