Bobby Sheehan is best known as the hard-rocking bass player from Blues Traveler, and he was a founder member of the band when the four high-school friends got together in New Jersey in 1987. They were hooked on the idea of playing a continuous stream of music without defined tracks and became known as a ‘jam band’. Their shows would turn into a ‘never ending medley’ as they improvised around various themes, much in the style of The Grateful Dead, but with a deep foundation in Blues-rock. John Popper’s vocals and harp put some shape into their playing, and the band got a deal with A&M Records in 1990.
Bobby and his friends rock out on ‘Carolina Blues’;
Bobby had relocated to New Orleans in August 1999, where he was discovered dead at his home after overdosing from a toxic chemical soup. He had suffered from sleep apnoea, which temporarily impairs breathing, and this may have contributed to 31-year-old Bobby’s sad end.