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01-29-2000Blues Traveler deep in the heart of Texas; Keyboard player to join in studio; Gigs at a Glance to go electronic

According to the latest message on the Blues Traveler hotline, Gina sez that the band will be recording all month long at an undisclosed location in Austin, Texas. The home of the SXSW music conference will apparently be the recording site for their new, untitled album, due out later this year, according to the phone message dated January 17th.

Black-Cat list member Michael May reports that keyboardist Ben Wilson, who plays in the Michigan jump-blues band Big Dave and the Ultrasonics, has been flown down to Austin to "record and hang out for a couple days". May, in turn, received the news from his instructor, Dave Morris, who plays harmonica with the Ultrasonics. The fact that Wilson is experienced at layering his keyboard playing with Morris' harmonica bodes well for his ability to blend in with Blues Traveler's sound. iMusic.com says of Wilson:

Ben Wilson (keyboards) a thirteen year veteran of the Midwestern music scene, has been with the band since 1992. He's accompanied harmonica greats Peter "Madcat" Ruth and Blacktop recording artist Gary Primich on stage. He's an active studio sideman, having recorded with Juice and most recently with Little Red. Wilson is credited writing "Phone Fun" and "Ooh My My" and co-writing credits on the songs "A Month of Sundays" and "She's the King".

In the final piece of news, Blues Traveler has decided to discontinue their mailings of Gigs At A Glance. According to a mailer that was sent out a week or two ago:

Dear Fellow Travelers,
Many years ago I asked the band if I could start a mailing list to keep everyone in the loop of BT shows as the band had begun playing outside of the word of mouth NYC scene. At once the Gigs At A Glance aka GAAG was born. Over the years I have loved working on the GAAG and getting to know many of you through it with your letters and notes to me. Yet once again there comes a change, and this change we feel is a better one. We will no longer mail via US Postal and paper a mailing of GAAG, we feel that since BT is approaching the year 2000 it is time to take advantage of the technology we have. We will be updating our list with electronic mailing to all of you via the internet. Here is what you need to do.

If you would like to continue recieving BT updates simply email us your name, postal address and email address at blackcatz@earthlink.net. Include GAAG in your subject line. You may still use our P.O. Box to forward letters and packages to the band. Our mailing address is still: Blues Traveler, P.O. Box 1128, New York, NY 10101, Tour hotline (212)-582-8787.

We have grown together through the years, and have had great times, which will always be wonderful memories for me. I hope you will agree that the change to electronic mailing is a good one. It's even great for the environment!

Thanks for all your support through the years.

signed,
Gina and Blues Traveler