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John Kinchla performing with Blues Traveler in East Meadow, New York (June 2013).
|Birth name||Thaddeus Arwood Kinchla|
February 21, 1973 |
Princeton, New Jersey, US
|Associated acts||Blues Traveler, Smit Haus, Dowdy Smack, John Popper Project|
He was born in Princeton, New Jersey, Kinchla is the younger brother to long-time Blues Traveler guitarist Chan Kinchla. He began playing the upright bass as a child after his brother had settled with the guitar. He graduated from Princeton High School in 1991, the same high school that the rest of the band attended (with the exception of keyboardist Ben Wilson). Following high school, he attended and graduated from Brown University. During his time there, he studied political science, played lacrosse and formed a band called Dowdy Smack with future internet personality Ze Frank.
In 1999, during Kinchla's time playing in a band called Smit-Haus, Blues Traveler's original bassist Bobby Sheehan died. This left an opening in the band for a new bassist. Kinchla was one of five bassists to try out for the spot. He was the first to audition, with auditions being held live in concert at a New York bar called Bar Bat, and not in a studio. His audition was the first band performance after the death of Sheehan and came with no rehearsal.
On January 18, 2009, Kinchla married his girlfriend, entertainment journalist Carrie Hill. The couple lives in Austin, Texas with their Teacup Yorkshire Terrier Laverne. On February 7, 2011 they announced that they were expecting their first child. On February 9th, 2013, John Popper announced the arrival of the couple's twin boys, Jack and Dylan, by sharing their pictures on the Twitter page he operates with Kinchla.
- Oksenhorn, Stewart (2005-07-01). "Traveler's new groove". Aspen Times. Retrieved 2007-03-03.