Blues Traveler Parts Ways With Manager

Ending what was has already been a difficult year for Blues Traveler, the band's longtime manager, Dave Frey, has resigned, according to "The Hollywood Reporter."

Frey had worked with the band for nearly a decade and had co-founded the H.O.R.D.E. tour with Blues Traveler frontman John Popper in 1992.

In a prepared statement, Frey said, "My time with Blues Traveler has run its course. Our parting is totally amicable and I will do everything in my power to make their transition to another management company an easy one." Frey will continue to manage his other client, Cheap Trick.

The news of Frey's split with the band comes three months on the heels of Blues Traveler bassist Bobby Sheehan's August 20 death at his home in New Orleans (see "Blues Traveler Bassist Died Of Drug Overdose").

Since then, the remaining members of the group -- Popper, guitarist Chan Kinchla and drummer Brendan Hill -- have decided

to stay together (see "Blues Traveler To Stick Together").

Blues Traveler plans to begin work next year on its sixth studio LP. No word yet on who will handle the bass duties on the album.

In the meantime, the band's previously scheduled New Year's Eve gig at the Reno Hilton in Reno, Nevada has been changed to a John Popper solo show.