Blues Traveler Replace Bassist

Band fills Bobby Sheehan's post by hiring guitarist's younger brother.

Blues Traveler announced Thursday (Nov. 18) that Tad Kinchla, the younger brother of guitarist Chan Kinchla, would replace the late Bobby Sheehan as the band's bassist. "As painful as the situation has been for us, having the opportunity to play with a great musician and my brother makes me excited about the future," the elder Kinchla said in a statement released by A&M Records. The 31-year-old bassist died Aug. 20 of a drug overdose at his New Orleans home. Coroners found cocaine, heroin and Valium in his blood. The group, which also includes singer and harmonica player John Popper and drummer Brendan Hill, announced in early October it would continue as a band. Tad, 26, was hired by Blues Traveler late last week, according to the statement.