|Several recent postings on the Blues Traveler message
board have revealed news to fans in the past week. Perhaps the biggest
piece of news, though not reported officially anywhere else, is that the
band has signed with a new label, Vanguard Records after releasing
their previous two discs and a live DVD with Sanctuary. The band does not
yet appear on their new label's web site, and no announcement has come
from either the label or the band, but the message poster indicated inside
sources in declaring it a done deal. No news is forthcoming yet on a new
album or a 2005 tour.
The second story coming off the board is that of John Popper joining old
friend Col. Bruce Hampton in his newest project, The Codetalkers. The band will
be featured on a "Rock the Boat Cruise" in late November, sailing through
the Caribbean from New Orleans, and John has been confirmed to join the
band on the weeklong trip from November 13th through the 20th. The
Codetalkers will perform during the week along with other special guests
yet to be announced. For more information and reservations, visit rocktheboatcruises.com.
John will also be appearing with Stolen Ogre at The Premier Club in
Seattle, as part of a benefit for tsunami relief in southeast Asia. The
concert is scheduled for next Friday, January 28th, and will also feature
local bands White (featuring Yes drummer Allan White) and The Geoffrey
Castle Band, featuring Heart guitarist Roger Fisher and fellow drummer
Mike Derosier. Tickets for the show, which will end with an "all-star
finale including special guests T.B.A. from the acclaimed Northwest music
scene", are $25 and can be purchased by making a donation to CARE. 100% of proceeds will be
donated to CARE in order to assist with tsunami relief. More information,
including an mp3 from Allan White, can be found on Stolen Ogre's web
Finally, it has long been known that Blues Traveler fans can get their
music fix through the iTunes Music Store. But now, there's a bit more of a
nod to the band as one of the biggest influences in the popularity of the
"jam band" scene as the store has launched its list of "iTunes Essentials"
for various genres. There are 3 lists for each genre, and 25 tunes per
list; Blues Traveler is featured no less than five times: "The Basics"
lists "But Anyway" and "Run-Around"; "Next Steps" recommends "Sweet
Talking Hippie", and "Deep Cuts" includes "Crystal Flame" and "Go Outside
& Drive". Visit the iTunes Store for more information and a complete list
of the iTunes Essentials.