Thompson Square, Jewel Featured on New Blues Traveler Album
Every track on the album, which was released on April 7, was recorded in collaboration with another musician. In addition to Thompson Square and Jewel, the Grammy-winning band also recorded songs with Hanson, Secondhand Serenade, Plain White T's, JC Chasez and others.
“We wanted to experiment with co-writing since we usually try to do everything in-house,” frontman John Popper says. “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.”
At least one of Blues Traveler's collaborations with Thompson Square -- the country duo is featured on two songs on the album -- was recorded last April, while they were still unsure of where the project was headed.
"They're not only amazing singers, they're amazing songwriters," Popper tells Billboard. "We did it very fast."
Blow Up the Moon offers a genre-bending selection of new music from the rock group, featuring a taste of everything from country to hip-hop, electronica and reggae.
“Music is never supposed to be monogamous,” says Popper. “We all want to push boundaries. Generally, Thompson Square stick to love songs, but here they are writing a philosophical statement about how the industry will embrace you and then turn on you.”
Blues Traveler, Blow Up the Moon Track Listing:
1. "Hurricane" feat. 3OH!3
2. "Blow Up the Moon" feat. 3OH!3 and JC Chasez
3. "Castaway" feat. the Dirty Heads and Rome Ramirez
4. "Vagabond Blues" feat. the Dirty Heads and Rome Ramirez
5. "Top of the World" feat. Hanson
6. "Nikkia's Prom" feat. Plain White T's
7. "Matador" feat. Thompson Square
8. "I Can Still Feel You" feat. Thompson Square
9. "The Darkness We All Need" feat. Secondhand Serenade
10. "Jackie's Baby" feat. New Hollow
11. "Hearts Are Still Awake" feat. Jewel
12. "I Know Right" feat. Bowling for Soup
13. "Right Here Waiting for You" feat. Bowling for Soup
14. "All the Way" feat. Thomas Ian Nicholas
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