Bassist Phil Lipscomb of the Ann Arbor, Michigan hard rock band TAPROOT has issued the following update:"As far as the [new TAPROOT] album goes, we found the right guy to mix it. He's already mixed one song for us and it sounds great. He really brought out the best in the song, made it what it should be. We're excited to hear what he does with the rest. After it gets mixed, we're going to be shopping it around to labels as soon as possible so we can get it out early next year. We're hoping for March, but I have a feeling that's going to get pushed back. These things take time, but we are on the right track. We'll also be touring around then, but probably not before. Most common question being asked is, 'When are you coming to (insert city here)?' We won't be touring until we have a release date, but when we do, we're going to try to hit everywhere we can. For those of you in Europe, look for us to do some of the big festivals next summer. I hope we can hit places on this next album cycle that we've never hit before, Australia being the top on my personal list, but we'll see. We'll do our best!" TAPROOT's follow-up to 2005's "Blue-Sky Research" was reportedly produced by Tim Patalan. The new album will be the band's first since parting with Atlantic Records in June 2006. They're also reportedly working on a DVD, but there's no word as to when that will see the light of day. TAPROOT, which formed in 1997, is perhaps best known for its 2002 album, "Welcome". It included the hit singles "Poem" and "Welcome". TAPROOT's "Calling" video (taken from "Blue-Sky Research"):
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