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bluestraveler.com, National
Oct 18th, 1999

Blues Traveler have enlisted the bass services of Tad Kinchla, younger brother of current guitarist Chan Kinchla, to replace the late Bobby Sheehan, who died of an accidental drug overdose in August.

The 26-year-old Kinchla graduated from Brown University, where he spent a few years with a band in the area called Dowdy Smack, who released one independent CD entitled Aren't You Delicious. Most recently, Kinchla had been jamming with a band from Brooklyn, N.Y. called Smithaus. His relationship with some of the guys in Blues Traveler dates all the way back to childhood, when he performed in a church choir in Princeton, N.J. with current BT drummer Brendan Hill.

The elder Kinchla issued the following statement through A&M Records with regards to his brother's hiring: "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."

Blues Traveler plans to return to the recording studio in 2000 to begin work on the follow-up to 1997's Straight On Till Morning.