Blues Traveler Announce New LP ‘Hurry Up & Hang Around’

On the heels of the band’s 30th anniversary, multi-platinum rock mavericks Blues Traveler will release their 13th studio album through BMG October 12.

Entitled Hurry Up & Hang Around, the 12-track opus finds the band re-energized and laser-focused stirring up an intoxicating brew of rowdy rock, smoky psychedelia, southern folk, staggering soul, and brash blues.

For the first time ever, the members of the GRAMMY® Award-winning group, featuring John Popper (vocals, harmonica), Chan Kinchla (guitar), Tad Kinchla (bass), Ben Wilson (keyboards), and Brendan Hill (drums) decided to rent a house in Nashville to write and record with GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Matt Rollings (Willie Nelson). Rollings’ intense attention to detail unlocked a rich sonic spectrum as he challenged and pushed each member to excel without compromising or taking “no” for an answer.

“We were going through some changes as far as our infrastructure goes,” admits Popper. “We parted ways with two different managers. No preparations had really been made, and it seemed like it might be too late to make new music. Between taking meetings, we were by ourselves writing in the garage every day of this Nashville house. That was pretty cool, because we felt like a garage band again. There was a spirit of survival. We had something to celebrate, so we really came together as a band.”

“Matt put it all on turbo boost, because he’s one of the finest producers we’ve ever worked with, period,” adds Popper. “He can bring out any sound he wants. He got takes out of me that I couldn’t ever get out of myself, and I’ve tried. However, he also let me be me. It’s one of the best production experiences we’ve ever had. It was an unexpected musical education.”


Hurry Up & Hang Around tracklisting:

1. Accelerated Nation
2. She Becomes My Way
3. The Touch She Has
4. When You Fall Down
5. The Wolf Is Bumpin’
6. Daddy Went A Giggin’
7. Tangle Of Our Dreaming
8. More Than Truth
9. Prayer Upon The Wind
10. Miss Olympus
11. Phone Call From Leavenworth
12. Ode From The Aspect

Click HERE to pre-order Hurry Up & Hang Around through the band’s webstore and receive a download of the new single “Accelerated Nation.” The download of “Accelerated Nation” will be available beginning July 6th at 9am PT/12pm ET.

Those who pre-order the album will be able to log back into their accounts on July 6th and download the single.
Hurry Up & Hang Around will be available for pre-order via all digital service providers on July 6th.

The band will hit the road beginning July 4th at Red Rocks in Morrison, CO, with the tour continuing through August. A second, fall run in support of the album will begin in October.

Blues Traveler Tour Dates:
Jul 4 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks
Jul 6 – Dixon, IL – Dixon Petunia Fest
Jul 7 – Toledo, OH – Hensville Park Concert
Jul 13 – Tama, IA – Meskwaki Casino Hotel
Jul 14 – Hutchinson, MN – Riversong Music Fest
Jul 15 – Washburn, WI – Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua
Jul 17 – Fish Creek, WI – Door Community Auditorium
Jul 20 – Kansas City, MO – Coors Light Block Party at KC Live!
Jul 21 – Madison, WI – The Edgewater Summer Concert Series
July 26 – Fort Wayne, IN – Clyde Theatre
Jul 27 – Petoskey, MI – Bayview John Hall Auditorium
Jul 28 – Bay City, MI – Wenonah Park
July 30 – Ocean City, NJ – Ocean City Music Pier
Aug 1 – Wilkes-Barre, PA – Kirby Center
Aug 2 – North Stonington, CT – Jonathan Edwards Winery
Aug 4 – Johnstown, PA – Flood City Music Festival
Aug 10 – Tillamook, OR – Tillamook County Fair
Aug 11 – Hermiston, OR – Umatilla County Fair
Aug 15 – Rochester, NH – Rochester Opera House
Aug 17 – Utica, NY – Saranac Brewery
Aug 18 – Lowell, MA – Lowell Summer Concert Series
Aug 19 – Great Neck, NY – Waterside Theater
Aug 21 – Nantucket, MA – Chicken Box
Aug 22 – Nantucket, MA – Chicken Box
Aug 24 – Lancaster, PA – American Music Theatre
Aug 25 – State College, PA – The State Theatre
Aug 26 – Arrington, VA – Lockn’ Fest

Tickets on sale for the following shows this Friday, June 29.

Oct 12 – Montclair, NJ – The Welmont
Oct 13 – Providence, RI – The Strand
Oct 14 – Torrington, CT – Warner Theatre
Oct 17 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall
Oct 19 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
Oct 20 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
Oct 21 – Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre
Oct 23 – Savannah, GA – The Stage on Bay
Oct 25 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City
Oct 26 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
Oct 27 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
Oct 31 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
Nov 1 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theatre
Nov 2 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
Nov 4 – Springfield, MO – Gillioz Theater
Nov 6 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
Nov 8 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
Nov 9 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater
Nov 10 – Houston, TX -House of Blues
Nov 13 – Los Angeles, CA – Belasco
Nov 15 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield
Nov 17 – Seattle, WA – Neptune
Nov 18 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom

Click HERE for ticket information

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