Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Jewel and Thompson Square Contribute To New Blues Traveler Album, Blow Up the Moon

Two country music artists have contributed to Blow Up the Moon, the twelfth studio album by American rock band Blues Traveler, to be released today, April 7. Every track on the album was recorded as a collaboration; country guests include Thompson Square and Jewel.

After selling millions of records and logging thousands of miles on the road, GRAMMY award-winning band Blues Traveler continue to chart new musical directions. A collaboration between various artists, the album sees Blues Traveler keep an open-minded perspective on making music and enlists an eclectic mix of songwriters influenced by the band’s 25+ year career.

Blow Up the Moon is the first collaborative album that Blues Traveler has ever made. Prior to these sessions, it was rare for the band to have someone else perform on their songs and even more rare to have anyone outside the band write with them. This process was a unique and successful experience for each of these artists who each found new depths and energy in their writing and performance. Blow Up The Moon is an exciting collaboration featuring a range of artists across the spectrum, representing country, pop, reggae and hip-hop.

“We wanted to experiment with co-writing since we usually try to do everything in-house, in this misguided homage to The Beatles,” says singer John Popper. Blow Up The Moon allowed Blues Traveler to expand their musical palette while holding the foundation of their distinct and explosive brand of rock. “We found quality writers to see what they could bring to us as a band, and also people who could see our strengths, something that’s hard to see for yourself.”

Blow Up the Moon track listing:
1."Hurricane" (featuring 3OH!3)
2."Blow Up the Moon" (featuring 3OH!3 and JC Chasez)
3."Castaway" (featuring The Dirty Heads and Rome Ramirez)
4."Vagabond Blues" (featuring The Dirty Heads and Rome Ramirez)
5."Top of the World" (featuring Hanson)
6."Nikkia's Prom" (featuring Plain White T's)
7."Matador" (featuring Thompson Square)
8."I Can Still Feel You" (featuring Thompson Square)

9."The Darkness We All Need" (featuring Secondhand Serenade)
10."Jackie's Baby" (featuring New Hollow)
11."Hearts Are Still Awake" (featuring Jewel)
12."I Know Right" (featuring Bowling for Soup)
13."Right Here Waiting for You" (featuring Bowling for Soup)
14."All the Way" (featuring Thomas Ian Nicholas)

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