In their third annual "winter wonderland" shows in Nevada two weeks
ago, the band officially kicked off 2003 with a pair of one-set shows
to set the tone. Two new songs were debuted: "Dead Man Walking" and
"I'll Come Around", and more promising is that other than the newest
tunes, not a single song was repeated from night to night.
The band is presently heading back into the studio to lay down
tracks for their seventh studio album. The producer of choice this
time around is Don Gehman, perhaps most well-known for his work with
John (Cougar) Mellencamp and Hootie & the Blowfish. Reports are that
the band will record all of the new songs that were played on last
year's tour, as well as recording as many completely new tunes,
including some that are still in the writing process. At this time
there is no schedule for release, but given John's travels to Italy
with Jono Manson in March, at least rough cuts should be done by then.
In the meantime, work continues behind the scenes here at
BluesTraveler.net. While many areas have gone without updating for
quite some time, we finally have a core of dedicated and knowledgeable
people working on making this site a leaner, meaner, database-driven
machine. Much like with the new album, there's no schedule in place,
but we're drawing closer by the day!