The band originally started out as a blues standard in 1983 (called simply, "Blues Band") when high school chums John Popper and Brendan Hill teamed up in Princeton, N.J. After a few years of fooling around, the duo picked up Chan Kinchla and Bobby Sheehan and moved to New York to hit the club circuit. By 1992, Blues Traveler had two of the most successful albums in the genre. Popper assumed a role of leadership amongst the emerging throngs of jam bands, calling a summit in New York that ultimately led to the launch of H.O.R.D.E. (Horizons of Rock Developing Everywhere). Later that year, Popper was involved in a serious car accident, leaving him confined to a wheelchair for some time. 1993 saw the release of Save His Soul, which was the first to crack the Top 100 The band's fourth release, Four was its best since Blues Traveler in 1990. Popper's solos were sharp and commanding, and Kinchla finally seemed to emerge as a distinct force. The single "Run-Around" surfaced as a chart hit. 1999 was, to say the least, a difficult year for the band. After complaining of chest pains for months, Popper underwent angioplasty surgery in July. In August, bassist Bobby Sheehan was found dead in his New Orleans apartment. Despite these considerable setbacks, after some deliberation the band elected to continue playing as a unit.