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04-07-2004John Popper Project off and on again; Stolen Ogre announces release date and info about Road to Jericho

Although it was announced earlier this week that the John Popper Project shows had been postponed until a later date, the news has now come out that the shows are not only on, but they're multiplying! The band will be coming together for three shows - two in the Tap Room of New York's famed Knitting Factory May 3rd and 4th, and a third at Harry's Roadhouse in Asbury Park, NJ on May 5th. These shows had been scheduled shortly after the successful inauguration of the John Popper Project at Suite 16 and the Conduit back in February, but scheduling overlaps looked to threaten the newest slate of gigs until the conflicts were resolved. Tickets are available for the first two shows through TicketWeb and the third will go on sale April 13th.

On the other end of the country, from the adopted home of Brendan Hill and new arrival John Popper, comes this announcement from Brendan's project Stolen Ogre:

SEATTLE, WA, March 30, 2004 - Stolen Ogre - born in a jam and raised in the legendary Pacific Northwest music scene - is ready to conquer new territory with the upcoming May 3rd release of its first full length CD Road To Jericho. The first single, "Jericho", will be released to radio April 13th.

Original founding member and creative collaborator, Blues Traveler drummer Brendan Hill, returned to record with Stolen Ogre on the album. Road To Jericho was produced and arranged by Michael McMorrow (piano, organ, guitar), Marc Willett (bass) and Stolen Ogre for Seattle based Shadowhawk Records. The CD was mastered by Tom Hall whose credits include UB40, Sir Mix-A-Lot, and Queensryche among many others.

Road to Jericho combines musically woven arrangements and soul-crafted lyrics with the freedom and attitude of a great jam session. Stolen Ogre is studio-seasoned, club-tested and road-ready to take their music to new heights. The album is available for pre-order on April 13th thru CDbaby.com. Shadowhawk Records will hold a CD release party and performance on May 20th at Seattle's Suite G.

"Alongside of the new material there are brand new versions of the Grind material," Michael writes. "We always wanted to re-visit Grind and finally got the chance. When we re-recorded the Grind stuff it came out so great we had put it on the record and given the very limited release of the Grind EP and the much larger scope of Road to Jericho it totally made sense. It definitely is a solid representation and overview of the band over the last couple years."