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02-12-2002Tahoe shows go off without a hitch; Stolen Ogre set to record new album; Gov't Mule covers "Alone"

Fan reviews heartily acclaim the recent shows in Tahoe, NV, which are quickly becoming an early-year tradition with the Blues Traveler family. While no new songs or covers were debuted this time around, the setlists (which can be seen at the setlist archive) do feature a return of an old favorite, Spinning Spiraling Machine, which came back last summer after a five-year absence. Several split songs are also featured; the 2/8 setlist has a Devil Went Down To Georgia sandwich, while the two halves of Hook bookended the main setlist for the following night.

According to a recent press release from the band, Stolen Ogre is back in the recording studio, joined once again by founding drummer Brendan Hill. The new album, entitled "Road to Jericho", is being recorded now at an undisclosed location in Seattle. While no release date has been set as of yet, the album, named after one of the songs "Jericho", features the same lineup as their previous release "Grind", save for a new bassist, Marc Willet. The band has a few shows planned to break the recording monotony, including Saturday, February 16 at RainDancer next to the University of Washington Campus. Visit www.stolenogre.com for more information.

Finally, black-cat list member Lance Vialpando reports that Gov't Mule is now covering "Alone", as evidenced by their recent two-day stand at New Orleans' House of Blues on February 8th and 9th. The former show began the encore with Edwin McCain on guitar & vocals, doing a partial reprise of the Christmas Jam acoustic set which featured McCain, John Popper, Oteil Burbridge, Jimmy Herring and Danny Barnes. Whether this was a one-time cover in honor of Bob Sheehan (who made his home in New Orleans) or a regular ocurrence remains to be seen.