Blues Traveler to Release new album August 26

After selling ten million records worldwide, six gold or platinum albums, and 2,000 shows in front of three million fans, Grammy Award-winning Blues Traveler ventured out of its creative comfort zone to explore some adventurous new horizons for its new album (and Verve Forecast label debut). The resultant North Hollywood Shootout demonstrates the enduring strengths of the band’s songwriting while capturing the spontaneous spirit of their legendary live shows.

According to frontman and harmonica slinger John Popper, “We’re still trying to cultivate what we’re individually good at into something that’s bigger than the sum of its parts. When we’re all playing and it’s working, it becomes this separate entity, and that’s still the thing that we’re chasing.”

North Hollywood Shootout — produced by Grammy Award winner David Bianco, whose diverse resume includes work with the likes of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Ozzy Osbourne, Mick Jagger and Teenage Fanclub — draws its curious name from the fact that the band recorded the album in the NoHo district of Los Angeles. Street date is August 26, 2008.

Blues Traveler is on the road now through the end of the year in support of the new album. Tour dates include:

07/15/08 Tue Mesa Amphitheatre Mesa, AZ (w/ Collective Soul & Live)
07/21/08 Mon Porter County Fairground Valparaiso, IN
07/22/08 Tue Bayfront Park Duluth, MN (w/ Collective Soul & Live)
07/24/08 Thu Meadow Brook Music Festival Rochester Hills, MI (w/ Collective Soul & Live)
07/25/08 Fri Washington County Fairgrounds West Bend, WI (w/ Collective Soul & Live)
07/26/08 Sat Road America Elkhart Lake, WI
07/27/08 Sun Turfway Park Florence, KY (w/ Collective Soul & Live)
07/29/08 Tue Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Columbus, OH (w/ Collective Soul & Live)
07/30/08 Wed Hammerstein Ballroom New York, NY (w/ Collective Soul & Live)
08/01/08 Fri Giant Center Hershey, PA (w/ Collective Soul & Live)
08/02/08 Sat Elgin Festival Park Elgin, IL
08/03/08 Sun Grant Park – Lollapalooza – Chicago, IL
08/05/08 Tue Pier Six Concert Pavilion Baltimore, MD (w/ Collective Soul & Live)
08/06/08 Wed Chevrolet Theatre Wallingford, CT (w/ Live)
08/08/08 Fri Festival Pier @ Penn’s Landing Philadelphia, PA (w/ Collective Soul & Live)
08/09/08 Sat Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion Gilford, NH (w/ Collective Soul & Live)
08/12/08 Tue Lowell Memorial Auditorium Lowell, MA (w/ Collective Soul & Live)
08/13/08 Wed Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY (w/ Collective Soul & Live)
08/16/08 Sat Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park Cary, NC (w/ Collective Soul & Live)
08/17/08 Sun Chastain Park Amphitheater Atlanta, GA (w/ Collective Soul & Live)
08/21/08 Thu Jackson Hole Center For The Arts Jackson, WY
08/22/08 Fri Deer Valley Amphitheater Park City, UT (w/ Christian McBride & Joshua Redman)
08/31/08 Sun Haddad Riverfront Park Charleston, WV
09/28/08 Sun Zilker Park – Austin City Limits – Austin, TX
10/04/08 Sat River Rock Casino Richmond, BC