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07-12-2007Flash drives and new arrangements at Red Rocks; Lots of acoustic best-of album news; John joins the Endless Peaks Music Experience, may have charges dropped from March arrest

Blues Traveler has taken two pre-emptive steps in bringing their upcoming acoustic album to the fan base. Twenty lucky fans who were in attendance at the band's recent fifteen-year anniversary Red Rocks show, had the opportunity to find flash drives that had been hidden around the venue. On each flash drive was a pair of songs from the upcoming album, in mp3 format. Then during the show, the band debuted new arrangements of several fan favorites, as recorded for the album. While a track listing is not yet available, a look at the stage setlist (as well as reviews of the show, and a note from Gina-Z several weeks ago) seem to indicate the inclusion of "But Anyway", "Just For Me", "Hook", "You Lost Me There", "Defense & Desire", "The Mountains Win Again" due to their inclusion on setlists with the denotation "new" next to them. Thanks to some intrepid sleuthing by Audrey, the band also revealed at their Saratoga, CA stop this week that "Just For Me" features G. Love on harmonica, and Jono Manson makes a special appearance on the reworked version of "The Mountains Win Again". The expected release date is late summer/early fall, and once a date, title and track listing are available to us, they will be available to you.

John's visit to Colorado was apparently busier than the rest of the band's; while Blues Traveler played gigs in Aspen and at Red Rocks, John also made a stop in Crested Butte, Colorado. While there, he joined collaborator DJ Logic at the Endless Peaks Music Experience, jamming with Tea Leaf Green for two songs, joining Outformation for another, and participating in a late-night jam with members of Tea Leaf Green, Mama's Cooking, and others (thanks to jambands.com for the details). John also received a bit of good legal news lately: according to the Spokane (WA) Spokesman-Review, the drug charges stemming from his arrest in March will be dropped if he avoids smoking marijuana for a year. The article also revealed that the only weapons charges John faced were for brass knuckles and a Buck knife found in the SUV's glove compartment; those charges were dropped when he surrendered the items. No other charges were brought for the rest of the weapons, all of which were legal, nor for the modifications to the vehicle.