Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Blues Traveler's North Hollywood Shout is the multi-platinum selling band most solid set of songs to date! One of the most beloved live bands on the scene in 2008, Blues Traveler are on an extensive package tour with Live and Collective Soul. John Popper will have a featured role in a new TV series'Z Rock' on The Independent Film Channel which begins airing August 24th, 2008. The first single is 'You, Me and Everything'.
Billboard (p.41) - "The enduring jam-rockers explore an appropriately soulful side on their Verve debut, an upbeat, major-chord affair..."
Blues Traveler: John Popper (vocals, harmonica); Chan Kinchla (guitars); Ben Wilson (keyboards); Tad Kinchla (bass guitar).
Personnel: Bruce Willis (vocals, harmonica); David Ralicke (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Jordan Katz (trumpet); Brendan Hill (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: David Bianco.
Recording information: Dave's Room, North Hollywood, CA.
Blues Traveler have come a long way from their jam-band origins, their music evolving slowly but surely over the years, and NORTH HOLLYWOOD SHOOTOUT seems like the culmination of that journey. Far from the riff-based blues-rock tunes and extended, groove-happy jams of their early days, NORTH HOLLYWOOD SHOOTOUT features the band's most thoughtful, concise, melodically sophisticated songcraft to date. Subtle textures and ballad tempi dominate the album, though Blues Traveler kicks into some hard-hitting rock & roll on a couple of tunes. SHOOTOUT tells the world that this is more than just a band with a "sound," and it presents the songs to back that assertion up.