Blues Traveler's John Popper has entered a New Jersey recording studio to
begin working on his first solo album, according to a spokesperson for
the singer at Interscope/Geffen/A&M Records.
The harmonica-wielding frontman will be joined on the album by
Carter Beauford, drummer for the Dave Matthews Band, and longtime friend
Crugie Riccio. The sessions will be produced by Terry Manning (Joe
Walsh, George Thorogood). A&M Records is eyeing a late 1999 release for
the record, and Popper will tour on his own shortly thereafter.
Popper's solo venture, however, does not signal the end of Blues
Traveler. The singer is merely using the album as a vehicle to explore
some new musical horizons with some non-Blues Traveler members for the
first time in his career. Popper plans on returning to the studio with
Blues Traveler sometime next year. The band's only public appearance on
the schedule for 1999 is their annual Red Rocks fiasco, on tap this year
for July 3-4.