Blue Traveler continue the musical journey they started eight years ago, with their new album Straight On Till Morning. Blue Traveler are drummer Brendan Hill, guitarist Chan Kinchla, vocalist John Popper and bassist Bob Sheehan. Unlike their earlier recording efforts, the band spent a considerable amount of time preparing for this record. 'It involved a month of writing and rehearsing, five more weeks of collaboration, and a month of pre- production work,' Popper said. With their creative powers and production skills at new heights, they are set to make their definitive musical statement with Straight On Till Morning. 'We've always been conscious of the fact that live vehicle is totally different from capturing a performance in the studio,' Kinchla said. But he added they loved doing both. 'We have worked very hard on both.' The depth of writing and solid performances ooze from every note, such as the swamp boogie howl of the lead single Carolina Blues, and the haunting Canadian Rose. Since releasing their debut self-titled album in 1990, the band has toured the United States and has built a solid following on the road. Without much support from radio or other conventional record selling vehicles, they have emerged as a word-of-mouth phenomenon. 'We have been playing together since our high school days in Princeton, New Jersey,' Popper said. Averaging over 250 shows a year, the quartet would play in clubs, street fairs - and even the upper roadway on the Brooklyn Bridge. 'Basically anywhere with an electrical outlet,' Popper said. Often playing for 10 people, the band would return to a town and find the audience had grown to 100 or 1,000. Their album, 1994's Four, sold more than six million copies. 'We're grateful for what Four did,' said Kinchla. Popper said the only pressure in making Straight On Till Morning was to continue an honest dialogue with their audience. 'We wanted to be completely free and completely honest.'