Blues Traveler Working On Album

Will be rock band's first since bassist Bobby Sheehan died.

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.