It’s been exactly 11 years since the death of singer Shannon Hoon effectively put an end to Blind Melon. But now, the group’s surviving members — guitarists Christopher Thorn and Rogers Stevens, bassist Brad Smith and drummer Glen Graham — are back together again under the Blind Melon banner, with a new singer, 25-year-old Amarillo, Texas, native Travis Warren.
Warren met Smith and Thorn through a mutual friend and was initially interested in having the pair help produce his own music. Then, a joke email from Smith to Stevens got the ball rolling towards getting back together last summer. "Brad wrote a fake press release and sent it to me — it was saying how we were back together and how Travis had brought us together," Stevens says. "It was the first I’d heard of it. I called Brad and I was like, ‘What do you mean? You got the band back together without me?’"