The Last Summer on Earth tour, featuring four of the best bands to emerge from the Nineties, is coming to a city near you. Featuring Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, and Cracker, the tour is sure to be a highlight of the summer concert series. Icon Fetch talks with Chan Kinchla, guitarist for Blues Traveler, about the bands on the tour, the release of their brand new album, Suzie Cracks the Whip, and how they keep things fresh after spending 25 years together. We also chat again with Todd Park Mohr of Big Head Todd. In addition to talking up the new tour, he gives us the scoop on the Ride Festival, a concert they’re headlining in Colorado in August, and details on two new albums from Big Head Todd.
Big Head Todd & the Monsters had a smash album in 1993 featuring the radio hits “Broken-Hearted Savior” and “Bittersweet.” Since then, they’ve released several albums and developed a reputation as a great live band. Their latest project, credited to the Big Head Blues Club is 100 Years of Robert Johnson, a tribute to the influential bluesman who would’ve hit the century mark this year. The band has enlisted the help of some of the finest blues legends still alive: B.B. King, Hubert Sumlin, Charlie Musselwhite, Honeyboy Edwards, and Ruthie Foster, to accompany them on reworkings of ten of Johnson’s greatest compositions. Icon Fetch talks with leader Todd Park Mohr about the inspiration behind the tribute, working with the classic blues players, and the story behind the band’s initial success.