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05-05-2004Welcome back to BT.net; Save His Soul on its way back; Summer tour plans and rumors; John Popper Project winds up second run of gigs

A week ago Monday, our old host unexpectedly shut down the server that this web site was hosted on, and as a result we were down for a couple of days. All email since early March was unfortunately lost, but the transition to the new server is now complete. All pages should be working as they were before the down time (many thanks to Michael, Owen, Brian and Daniel for supplying a few news files and setlists we couldn't come up with!) but if any pages are not working as expected, please send us an email. Please note that due to spam harvesting, our contact information has changed. The main contact address for file submissions (ticket stubs, posters, setlists, etc.) is now [files {at} bluestraveler {dot} net], and the catch-all address for correspondence, questions, etc., is simply [bt {at} bluestraveler {dot} net]. Thanks for bearing with us as we got back up to speed!

Much has happened since the last news update - the band wrapped up their spring tour with a four-show run through the south. While the five months off was not followed by the rash of new songs that fans have grown accustomed to, there are some stirrings to indicate that the band is reaching back into their catalog to play some old favorites from the Save His Soul era. In Colorado, while segueing into the recently-resurrected "Conquer Me", the band played the outro to "Bullshitter's Lament" prior to the opening chords. A few days later, the tune "Letter From A Friend" made an appearance for the first time since 1995. And word has reached some ears that other older unreleased songs may be on their way back as well. Keep an eye on the setlist pages for the latest news on that front.

Scuttlebutt from the road and band members is that July will bring us several dates of a blues-rock triple bill; several dates have already been confirmed and others are tentatively scheduled featuring friend and fellow HORDE alums Big Head Todd & The Monsters, and up-and-coming blues rockers North Mississippi Allstars. Confirmed dates so far include July 9th at Clarkston, Michigan's DTE Energy Music Theatre, July 15th at Meadowbrook Farm in Gilford, NH, and a July 21st date at the Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA. Several other potential dates are listed on the Big Head Todd tour page but are not yet confirmed elsewhere. In addition, Tad mentioned to a fan in New York that the band was planning on a large and small show in the city this year - the larger one at Central Park's Summerstage, and the smaller one possibly at the Knitting Factory. Couple this with Chan's mention of a club date on July 3rd and Red Rocks on July 4th, and fans could be in for an interesting summer if this pattern keeps up.

Finally, the third of three John Popper Project shows goes down tonight at Harry's Roadhouse in Asbury Park, NJ. The past two nights have seen several guest appearances from friends both old and new. According to attendees, the two-night stand at the Knitting Factory's Tap Room has had sit-ins ranging from Piamenta Band guitarist Yossi Piamenta, to Spin Doctors front man Chris Barron, to Topaz front man Topaz McGarrigle, local guitarist Seth Winters, and none other than Phish bassist Mike Gordon. Both shows were recorded for eventual webcast, and the second night was recorded more professionally, possibly for eventual release, according to those in attendance. If you're in the area, run out and catch tonight's show - no telling who will show up!