New Blues Traveler Album Due In March

Revamped blues-rock jam band also will release archival music on Web site, spokesperson says.

A revamped Blues Traveler plan a March release for their new album, the follow-up to 1997's Straight on Till Morning and the band's first since founding bassist Bobby Sheehan's death.

Produced by Matt Wallace (Nirvana, R.E.M., Creed, Deftones), the blues-rock jam band's sixth album will feature the band's new members, bassist Tad Kinchla — the brother of guitarist Chan Kinchla — and keyboardist Ben Wilson. Tad Kinchla joined the band after the 31-year-old Sheehan died of a drug overdose in August 1999.

Blues Traveler — known for such hits as "Run-Around" and their improvisational jams featuring frontman John Popper's harmonica — are planning an extensive U.S. tour that will coincide with the release of the as-yet-untitled album and run through the end of the year, a management spokesperson said.

The band released songs from Decisions of the Sky — A Traveler's Tale of Sun and Storm — a four-song, download-only EP, on its Web site in October and November. The suite included "12 Swords," "The Sun and the Storm," "Traveler Suite" and "The Path." The band plans to release live MP3s of songs from its fall 2000 tour, as well as some tracks from the band's early days, on the site in the coming weeks, the spokesperson said.