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12-21-2004Blues Traveler wraps up "Operation Seasons Greetings"; John pops up at the Xmas Pre-Jam and Xmas Jam; Blues Traveler music on TV

Blues Traveler and its members have been spreading the cheer far and wide this holiday season - by all accounts, Operation Seasons Greetings was a rousing success, bringing BT's music to Air Force bases in the Azores, Germany, England and Iceland. Thanks to an article in the Armed Forces newsletter Stars & Stripes, we know that there was even some interplay between the two bands on tour - at the Ramstein stop, John guested with the Air Force Reserves Band, who opened for Blues Traveler on the six-stop tour. "I'm just so amazed at what kids half my age can do," John told the Stars & Stripes. "We don't feel like we hold a candle to the airmen."

While the rest of the band headed to their respective homes after the whirlwind trip, John essentially stepped off the plane from Iceland on the 16th and onto another bound for Asheville, NC. The next night, he showed up early and jammed with Kevn Kinney, Audley Freed and Alvin Youngblood Hart on "In My Time Of Dying" and "Blues On Top Of Blues" at the Xmas Pre-Jam, a private party held at Asheville's Orange Peel. At the Xmas Jam itself, he was all over the place, joining Galactic in "Doublewide", playing "Alone" with Edwin McCain & Friends and sitting in with them for four more tunes, and blasting out two songs with Living Colour, including "Elvis Is Dead" with Ivan Neville on keyboards. Both shows are available for download via BitTorren; check the downloads page for links.

In other smaller news, Blues Traveler music has been popping up in some unexpected places - ESPN watchers have noticed that "Carolina Blues" plays near the end of the Dale Earnhardt biopic "3" (10 minutes from the end, just after winning his first Daytona 500), and several reports have come in that "The Mountains Win Again" is featured in a recent ad campaign for Busch Beer.