Blues Traveler have announced the release of their first new record in two years. The album, Traveler’s Soul, via Round Hill Records/Black Hill Records, marks the favored rock group’s 15th full-length release, following 2021’s Traveler’s Blues drop. In support of the new project, the New Jersey natives are set to release the first single off the impending set, “Fool For You,” due on Friday, August 11.

The newly shared single doubles as a cover, initially written by Curtis Mayfield and performed with his group, The Impressions. The track unveils the band’s ability to mix old and new elements from the 1968 soulful power ballad while balancing the song’s sweet chorus with rock-and-roll style. In doing so, Blues Traveler weaves their signature trademark into the fresh rendition.

On “Fool For You,” keyboardist Ben Wilson reins in a fleshed-out blues sound through a synthy undertone, while drummer Brendan Hill unites the instrumentals with an easeful and warm percussion. Meanwhile, John Popper commands listeners by way of his strong vocals paired with fiery and distinct harmonica, “Never liked nobody that’s been mean to me / I’ve got a heart full of stone and I hate the misery / Then you came along into my life / Destroying my mind / Mounting up the toil and strife / But I’m a fool for you,” he sings.

“It’s actually got a unique time signature,” guitarist Chan Kinchla said in a press release announcing the new single and LP. “The instrumentation we use is different from what’s on the original recording, but it has a modern vibe. It was strangely tricky and definitely a great challenge. We just love the way it turned out.”

After the August 11 single release, Blues Traveler will continue their Midwest summer tour through the end of the month with support from Big Head Todd and the Monsters. The seasoned blues rockers will pick up a lengthy fall run on Sept. 30 in the Northeast and Southern U.S. See dates below. 

For more information, visit the band’s official website


Aug. 10 – Grinders KC – Kansas City, Mo.

Aug. 11 – McGrath Amphitheatre – Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Aug. 12 – Ravinia Festival – Highland Park, Ill.

Aug. 14 – Pinewood Bowl Amphitheater – Lincoln, Neb.

Aug. 15 – Vetter Stone Amphitheater – Waite Park, Minn.

Aug. 16 – The Ledge Amphitheater – Waite Park, Minn.

Aug. 18 – Chesterfield Amphitheater – Chesterfield, Mo.

Aug. 19 – Ozarks Amphitheater – Camdenton, Mo.

Aug. 20 – Rock The Ruins – Vogue Outdoors – Indianapolis, Ind.

Aug. 24 – Borealis Theatre – Palmer, Alaska

Sept. 30 – Kern County Fair – Bakersfield, Calif.

Oct. 20 – Sweetland Amphitheatre at Boyd Park – LaGrange, Ga.

Oct. 21 – Downtown Milledgeville – Milledgeville, Ga.

Oct. 25 – Santander Performing Arts Center – Reading, Pa.

Oct. 26 – The Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, N.Y.

Oct. 27 – Grunin Center for the Arts – Toms River, N.J.

Nov. 9 – Manchester Music Hall – Lexington, Ky.

Nov. 11 – Brown County Music Center – Nashville

Nov. 12 – SKyPAC – Bowling Green, Ky.

Nov. 14 – Tannahill Tavern – Fort Worth, Texas

Nov. 16 – Downstream Casino Resort – Quapaw, Okla.

Nov. 18 – IP Casino Resort Spa – Biloxi, Miss.

Nov. 20 – Montgomery Performing Arts Centre – Montgomery, Ala.

Nov. 21 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville