John Popper spreads his wings with The Duskray Troubadours

The self-titled album by John Popper & The Duskray Troubadours is due March 1 on 429 Records.

Recorded in New Mexico, the album has been likened more to a band project for Popper, best known as the leader of Blues Traveler, than a solo album.

As Popper explains in a video on the 429 Records site, the inspiration for the Duskray Troubadours album came to him around 2007, when he realized he was missing a “more melodic, more song-driven style of music.” Because this album “wasn’t something that a record company asked for,” Popper felt as though he was “taking a larger gamble.”

Popper and the Duskray Troubadours will begin a U.S. tour Feb. 23 in Seattle. Other stops include Los Angeles (March 2), Denver (March 12), Philadelphia (April 23) and Chicago (June 15).

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