Blues-rockers Blues Traveler are in preproduction for what will
be their first album since Straight On Till Morning (1997), and
their first since bassist Bobby Sheehan died of an overdose Aug.
20, a band spokesperson said on Thursday (Jan. 20). The band, which
announced in November that Tad Kinchla, younger brother of guitarist
Chan Kinchla, would replace Sheehan, is holed up at an undisclosed
location in Texas, the spokesperson said. Blues Traveler singer and
harmonica player John Popper is scheduled to play three solo shows
in Park City, Utah, in the next week, during the Sundance Film Festival.