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09-13-2005Happy ?Bastardos! Day!

Happy ¡Bastardos! Day!

The day has arrived and Blues Traveler's eighth studio album is now officially released. If you haven't bought or pre-ordered it yet through various retailers, you can do so through Vanguard's revamped ¡Bastardos! page, or even through iTunes if you're so inclined.

To celebrate the release, the band and label have released several newsletters - a Gigs At A Glance-esque newsletter on September 9th from Gina and another note two days later from the Street Team. The second newsletter also lists a host of TV and radio appearances - network and cable, FM and XM. Have a look and tune in the media of your choice to catch the band over the next week and beyond.

Speaking of next week, the Blues Traveler fall tour officially kicks off September 22nd in Texas, the band's home away from home, with a gig in Dallas. Joining the band for the first half of their tour - starting in Dallas and playing most dates through mid-October - will be American Minor, described by one site as "top-notch 1970s buttrock from West Virginia". If that doesn't pique your interest, nothing will. Expected to join the band on their second leg, from mid-October through November 19th, is new labelmate Carbon Leaf, an "ether-electrified porch music" five-piece out of Richmond, Virginia. The outer reaches of the tour have been filling in lately - the west coast run from San Diego to Seattle is confirmed - but unlike years past, it will not end their tour, as additional dates have come across the wire indicating the band will turn back eastward across the plains states. After Seattle the band will be hitting Spokane, Boise, Des Moines and Kansas City, taking them up to the 18th...but Carbon Leaf's web site has them on the road with Blues Traveler until the 19th, and there is still a gap between Boise and Des Moines. More to come, undoubtedly.

If you're interested in promoting either ¡Bastardos! or Blues Traveler shows (or hopefully, both!) in your area, there are a couple of ways available to go about it now. There are now two PDFs available through this site promoting the new album - download a black & white version or the grandiose full-color genuine article. The other way is through the newly-announced Official Blues Traveler Street Team - fully endorsed by Gina and the band. This, along with the ticket presales, is part of a move back towards giving fans first crack at not only great tickets, but also contests and other cool stuff.

The Street Team site is also part of a larger, continuously-evolving renovation to the bluestraveler.com web site - fans may note that the flash menus have changed slightly, more links are available on the front page, a new calendar page is available as well as other features. Keep a steady eye on the site as new items will continue to pop up on a regular basis.