New York-based instrumental quartet TAUK has been on a steady climb since their inception a decade ago. Composed of Matt Jalbert (guitar), Charles Dolan (bass), Alric “A.C.” Carter (keys), and Isaac Teel (drummer), the band defies classification, deftly synthesizing hip-hop, prog-rock, jazz, jam, and electronic by layering sonic textures with ambient melodies to create a pioneering and wholly unique sound. In a live setting, this translates into high-octane performances that mediate the line between gritty and upbeat, with each performance held together by the high-caliber musicianship of the band’s members.Today, TAUK has released a brand-new EP titled Shapeshifter I: Construct. Featuring five new tracks, this latest effort from the fan-favorite quartet is only a preview of what’s to come when the group released a full-length album in fall of this year. TAUK has always been fearless when it comes to pushing themselves to truly challenge their limits, and this newest work is no different. Shapeshifter I: Construct is characteristically meticulous and musically tight, but also shows the band expanding their reach and leaning into new sounds.As guitarist Matt Jalbert shares in a press release, “Everything just happened so naturally this time around.” He continued, “I can’t think of one moment where it felt like anything was forced. We were all just completely focused and in the same mindset, which made this an incredibly fun and smooth experience.”You can listen to the latest from TAUK, Shapeshifter I: Construct, which was released today below. TAUK also kicks off their Colorado tour tonight, continuing their Shapeshifter tour that started mid-March with a performance supporting ALO at San Francisco’s Fillmore. After this weekend’s two Colorado performances in Fort Collins and Denver, the group begins the real bulk of their tour, with extensive dates spanning through May and a number of festival performances already announced for summer. For more information about TAUK, their new album, or their upcoming tour dates, head to their website here.
Duane Betts is a virtuosic guitar player and the son of famed Allman Brothers Band member, Dickey Betts. Today, Duane has released his debut EP titled Sketches of American Music. The six-song collection highlights Betts’ talent for storytelling, offering up a wonderful fusion of vibrant tunes that are rich with life stories.As Duane Betts described in a press release,Sketches to me is not a beginning but an extension. I grew up with a guitar in my hand and I was surrounded by songs that were iconic. Music was always a focal point in my family and songwriting was the cornerstone. I have witnessed in many situations, playing with my father or the countless others, that the song is what ignites the connection. Now that I have this opportunity to play in my own outfit I can bring my songs as the jumping off point for that experience.Currently, Duane Betts is on tour with The Devon Allman Project, which see the singer-songwriter performing with Devon Allman, the son of his father’s Allman Brothers bandmate, Gregg Allman. During these performances, Duane opens with a 30-minute set, ahead of Devon Allman’s performance—both bands then reconvene for a special, joint 30-plus minute encore. Furthermore, Duane Betts will also be performing with his father for a number of shows during Dickey Betts’ highly anticipated comeback tour.You can listen to Duane Betts’ new album, Sketches of American Music, below. For more information about the album or Duane’s upcoming tour dates, head to Duane Betts’ website here.
When it comes to being a fan, jam bands are a lot like pro-sports teams…It’s a sound explanation to dispell your “normal” friends and families’ confusion when they ask if you’re still following “that one band” around, or if you’ve finally gotten your fill. Their hesitation at the concept is understandable. At face value, it sounds like a deranged obsession—going and seeing the same band over and over again, meticulously following their performances when they’re on the road. It’s tough for a lot of people to wrap their heads around.But, swap out your favorite band for your favorite sports team, and the obsession suddenly seems a bit less strange. Year in and year out, sports fans watch their favorite teams, follow their players, and fly their colors. When they get the chance to see their team play live, they jump at the opportunity. But even when they don’t, they still watch from their couches or listen on the radio or, at the very least, check the stats and scores online.They follow their team’s beat, root for them. It’s a gratifying distraction to feel like a small part of something bigger than yourself—something to grit your teeth and be loyal to one year and to wear as a badge of honor when they raise a championship banner to the rafters during the next. Sports fans don’t watch games to see their favorite player recreate that one play they saw on SportsCenter. They watch to see these masters of their craft do what they do best—and put faith in their ability to once again do something remarkable.Jam band fans approach their favorite bands in much the same way. You’re not going to the concert hear that one song from the record, just like you’re not going to the game to see Steph Curry do that one crossover he did last week in Houston. When you watch a game, or you watch a show, you always know roughly what’s going to happen. How many periods, who the players are… Often, you can make some educated predictions based on what’s happened in the past, but the results are really anyone’s guess. Within the set parameters of the game, of the show, anything is possible.Of course, that also means that sometimes what happens in the arena on a given night is straightforward, a blowout. While it’s still fun to watch at the time, it quickly fades into the background, unremarkable amongst the thousands that have come before it. But sometimes, often out of nowhere, this dance they’ve done over and over again produces something truly special—an event that reverberates much further and louder than the moment in time in which it took place. It’s why we have things like ESPN Classic that dramatize and celebrate old games. It’s why people trumpet specific decades-old shows as revered and timeless works of art.Before the opening whistle blew on the night of Wilt Chamberlain‘s 100-point game, it was just going to be another night of basketball. Now, it’s a historic and unfathomable feat that will likely never be duplicated. Before Phish went to Utah two days after Halloween in ’98, it was just an inconvenient show that many fans on tour skipped. That night, unannounced, they decided to play Dark Side of the Moon all the way through, cementing the show as a landmark “anything can happen” moment in the band’s history.The deeper you dive into the comparison, the deeper the connection runs. Fans of sports teams and jam bands both might pay less attention early on in the season or tour when the stakes are lower and the kinks are still being worked out. But when it gets down to the nitty-gritty and the big games (like the playoffs) and shows (like holiday runs) come around, ever more casual fans are drawn in by the increased potential for fireworks. Then, there are the championships—like a headlining festival play, or maybe a New Year’s show—when the stakes are at their highest, and even people who don’t necessarily identify as “fans” turn their attention toward the event, as something so big and significant is notable, even if you don’t fully know what’s going on.Sometimes players retire or leave unexpectedly before making a triumphant return, though not before the fans let them know that they feel spurned. That storyline is as true for a band like Phish as it is for NBA legends like Michael Jordan or LeBron James. And everyone knows that, at the root of it, your personal connection to the team, to the band, is mostly insignificant. They exist without you, independent of you. They existed before you started paying attention, and they probably will long after you stop. It’s all just entertainment, after all. But what it does do is give you something to root for, something to be connected to, something that can consistently get you excited, time and time again. And that’s not so hard to understand after all.
Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets To Shadefest Below!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> From August 9th through 11th, Shadefest, the beloved independent jam-focused music festival, will celebrate its fourth year. The intimate, multi-night camping event tapped a number of fan favorites from the jam scene and beyond for their particularly impressive lineup. With the festival’s expansion to a new home in West Virginia, fans can expect the same community Shadefest has fostered over the years—one made possible through a grassroots effort and the event’s independent nature, which eschews larger corporate, cookie-cutter festivals in favor of building a collaborative entity among attendees and musicians.Heading the lineup is TAUK, the hard-hitting instrumental funk-rock fusion quartet out of New York City. Another staple on the scene, Consider The Source, will offer up a rare “intimate hybrid acoustic” set. Rounding out the top of the bill is The Southern Belles, the quickly rising Richmond-based quartet known for their psychedelic Southern rock-inspired tunes. Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s self-proclaimed purveyors of “Joyfunk,” CBDB, will also be on hand, in addition to Greensboro, North Carolina’s high-octane jam darlings, The Mantras, who have a special Beastie Boys tribute planned for the festival.Shadefest has always prided itself on being a premier independent music festival of the Mid-Atlantic. Each year, the festival curates an attractive lineup focused on jams and improvisation, mixing well-loved nationally touring artists with a diverse range of local and regional up-and-comers. Two fan-favorite acts reppin’ the hometown team high up on the bill are Washington DC’s Of Tomorrow and Charlottesville’s Kendall Street Company, both of which are known for their high-energy performances and tight-laced improvisations. Shadefest has also tapped a number of quickly rising bands like Goose, South Hill Banks, Zen, Toxic Moxie, and more, plus Of Tomorrow’s Mike Candela and Richmond’s stunning songstress, Anneliese Grant, will be on hand to sit-in and lend their fiery musical talents to a number of performances across the weekend as artists-at-large.Along with a lineup that continues to push Shadefest into the future, in 2018, the festival is moving to a new home at the Pegasus Farm Campground in Elkins, WV. After three successful years in Avenue, Maryland, Shadefest has outgrown its former venue. Pegasus Farm—which some fans may know as the former host of the beloved, now-defunct music festival, Camp Barefoot—will allow Shadefest to continue increasing attendance and add an additional stage while still remaining accessible to its fervent Mid-Atlantic fan base.As Gordon Hughes, the festival’s organizer, explained,After three beautiful years in southern Maryland, we’re excited to bring the warmth and love of Shadefest Music Festival to Pegasus Farm, a historic venue that has hosted a variety of music festivals, and which shares our values of respect for the community and love of music. We are also excited to host a “local showcase” full of acts from around West Virginia on opening night of the festival. The festival moves to its new home at Elkins, West Virginia’s Pegasus Farm Campground this summer from August 9th to 11th. Check out Shadefest’s full lineup below. Do yourself a favor, and don’t miss out on this fan-favorite festival! Furthermore, the event has a partnership with the Richmond SPCA, meaning that a portion of all ticket sales will benefit the well-established, no-kill animal shelter.Tickets for Shadefest are available now and can be purchased here. For more information, head to the Shadefest’s website or follow the festival’s Facebook page.
Without a doubt, two of the best guitarists in the business are Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Derek Trucks and Phish’s Trey Anastasio. While their paths have crossed on a handful of occasions over the years, Trucks has only made one appearance ever with Phish proper. On July 7th, 1999, Phish performed at the Blockbuster Pavilion in Charlotte, NC, and welcomed Trucks for a two-song encore that fans in attendance likely will never forget.After a great show that opened with “Back On The Train” and a free-flowing, jam-filled second set, the night’s encore saw the band call on Derek Trucks for a pair of blues-based rockers to help close the evening. Trucks lent his slide to the ripping blues of “Possum”, followed by the band transitioning into the Son Seals cover, “Funky Bitch”. Trucks and Anastasio play edoff of each other to perfection, nailing the unforgettable sit-in with ease.Listen to a full recording of this 7/7/99 show below.Phish – Blockbuster Pavilion – 7/7/1999[Video: fromtheaquarium]Setlist: Phish | Blockbuster Pavilion | Charlotte, NC | 7/7/1999Set One: Back on the Train, What’s the Use?, Billy Breathes, My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own > Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley*, Axilla > Rift, Wolfman’s Brother > Maze, Loving CupSet Two: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Down with Disease > My Left Toe -> Wading in the Velvet Sea -> My Left Toe > Bug > You Enjoy MyselfEncore: Possum** > Funky Bitch** (Son Seals cover)Notes:* “Sneakin’ Sally” included a “Super Bad” tease from Trey and did not contain a vocal jam.** The encore featured Derek Trucks on slide guitar.
Sister Sparrow has released a brand new single, “Ghost,” in anticipation of the upcoming album, Gold–dueout October 12th via Thirty Tigers. In an unconventional move, Sister Sparrow premiered the unique “lyric” video–which actually features the lyrics displayed in emojis instead of words–on Snapchat, after leading fans through a social media scavenger hunt to allow them to see the video and hear the single 24 hours before it was officially released. “Ghost” marks the first studio release from Sister Sparrow since 2015’s The Weather Below.Sister Sparrow explains about the single: “This song is inspired by that feeling when someone has rejected you but now suddenly wants you back… that drunken late-night text from an ex out of the blue. Ain’t got time for that. Ghosting someone who really deserves it is what it’s about. Getting even but also ridding your life of the BS that keeps holding you back.”Listen to the new track below:Gold takes the classic soul-rock sound created by Sister Sparrow and her brass-fueled combo, The Dirty Birds, and turns it into something altogether new, a soul-blasted contemporary pop approach supremely suited for Kincheloe’s immense voice and even greater vision. Produced and co-written in collaboration with Carter Matschullat (Chef’Special, Secret Weapons) at Brooklyn’s DØØM Studio, the new album sees Sister Sparrow expressing herself like never before.Sister Sparrow will celebrate the new LP with a major U.S. tour, which begins August 30th in Athens, New York, and then travels the country through early December, including a performance with Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats on September 15th at Thompson’s Point in Portland, Maine.
There was a time Southern rock ruled. Multiple iterations of the Allman Brothers Band pushed the boundaries of blues and country into improvisational jazz while other acts relied more on cowboy hats and Confederate flag-waving. That’s why it’s good to see Blackberry Smoke knowing how to remain a hard-rocking Southern band and avoid the pitfalls of overplaying their roots.The Blackberry boys hail from Atlanta and have been at it for nearly 20 years. The core members remain intact, with Charlie Starr on vocals and guitar, Paul Jackson on guitar, Richard Turner on bass and brother Brit Turner on drums. Keyboardist Brandon Still joined in 2009. Earlier this year, the band released its sixth studio album, Find A Light, and is now touring extensively on the East Coast before heading to Europe in the fall.The Blackberry faithful turned out in force for two consecutive nights at New York’s Irving Plaza on Friday, September 7th and Saturday, September 8th. Kicking off the Friday show with “Nobody Gives a Damn” from the new album, Starr and company laid down long and energetic sets of old and new tunes. There were “Six Ways to Sunday” and “Sleeping Dogs” from The Whippoorwill and “Lay It All On Me” and “Living in the Song” from Holding All the Roses. There was even a segue into The Beatles’ “Come Together.”Starr is clearly Blackberry’s frontman, looking a little like Neil Young from his Buffalo Springfield days. The songwriting is solid and Starr can shred on guitar, pulling his band mates along with him. It’s hard not to make comparisons to Southern stalwarts like Lynyrd Skynyrd, but Blackberry Smoke’s sound goes beyond guitar overkill, adding softer ballads and rootsier tunes. The boys are obviously having fun, as are their fans.Following the upcoming Blackberry Smoke European tour, the band will be back home in time for Thanksgiving and their annual Brothers & Sisters Homecoming at The Tabernacle in Atlanta. For a full list of upcoming dates, head to the Blackberry Smoke website.Blackberry Smoke | Irving Plaza | New York, NY | 9/7–8/18 | Photos: Lou Montesano Load remaining images
[Video: Farm Aid]Headline photo courtesy of Brian Bruner/Bruner Photo. Videos courtesy of Farm Aid.Words by Sarah Bourque On Saturday, September 22, 2018, Farm Aid came to Xfinity Center in Hartford, CT. Before the sold-out event began for 24,000 fans, festival organizers held a press conference to talk about the current state of affairs in the farming community. Founder Willie Nelson joined co-founders John Mellencamp and Neil Young on stage, along with Dave Matthews, who has been a board member since 2001.Connecticut’s Commissioner of Agriculture, Steven Reviczky, kicked off the press conference stating that “this crisis is real. 93% of dairy produced has been lost since 1973. 500 family farms lost. Connecticut has 100 dairy farms.” On that note, local farmers from throughout the state spoke of their current situation.Joe Greenbacker of Fort Hill Farms put it simply by stating, “We’re tired of working for no money.”Blue Hills Orchard’s president, Eric Henry, indicated that “every avenue we have to make money is a good thing. Farming in New England is pretty tough. You see land being lost all the time. To keep the farms that we have is crucial. That’s key. Why would you want to lose that?”A once-empty acre of a concrete lot in Bridgeport, Connecticut, is now home to Reservoir Community Farm. Alexis Martin stated that “it’s basically an acre of land that was built from the ground up. The youth program is eight weeks long, and kids from Bridgeport can come and learn. They learn that they have options other than the corner store.”The major names behind Farm Aid also spoke at the press conference. Nelson was very to the point, noting that “everyone should be very concerned about who does their food. I would hope most of it comes from our local farmers.”Mellencamp was pissed off and noted that his song “Rain On The Scarecrow” was inspired due to the state of the farm economy. He explained,That’s how I met Willie [Nelson]. The admiration is bullshit now. Having the farms having to deal with some madman’s trade habits, fuck that. Big companies run all these radio stations. You’re going to hear corporate bullshit. We’re going to eat corporate bullshit, and we’re governed by corporate bullshit. If you don’t vote we’re going to get shit, which is what we’ve got right now.Young reflected his passion on the matter with strong words that he hoped would stick and drove that point home by stating thatYou should never drive by a farmer’s market without going in and taking part in humanity. I’m Canadian, and I love America. There’s nothing here that needs to be made great again. The corporate farmers suck. They’re poisoning you. Their food is bad. You can stop this if you stand up. Don’t support it. Just don’t drive by another farmer’s market ever again without buying something. Please don’t abandon the farmers of America. Do whatever you have to do. Vote. Buy an orange. Buy something.Matthews followed the same theme, as he went on to say,It is unfathomable in a country that has as much as we have, that has the richest people in droves, that we can still look at ourselves and say we’re the greatest nation on the planet when we have people that are going hungry. When we have people that have to go five miles to get to a grocery store is crazy. Our tax dollars should go to people that are starting urban farms. Our tax dollars should be supporting people that are growing good food.After the hour-plus press conference on stage, doors opened and attendees started to stream in. The venue was packed with fans coming from as far away as Florida, New Jersey, and all points in between. As expected, Willie Nelson opened up the day’s musical event alongside the Wisdom Indian Dancers before Ian Mellencamp took to the stage on acoustic guitar, followed by Particle Kid. It eased fans into the day as they continued to stream into the venue under gorgeous blue skies.Throughout the day, attendees had the chance to learn more about farming and the state of the industry by exploring the interactive exhibits that were available in the “Homegrown Village.” Groups from across the nation provided learning experiences regarding soil, water, energy, and food within this area. At the FarmYard stage within the Village, musicians who performed on the main stage joined local farmers on various discussions. Ian Mellencamp spoke in the panel regarding diversity and told listeners to “get to know your local artists just as you should get to know your local farmers. Art, music, and good food go so well together.”During every performance, enormous screens behind and to the sides of the stage showed stunning photos that continuously changed. Everything farm related, from gorgeous fields of flowers to barns to farm equipment, was seamlessly splashed on the screens, creating a striking backdrop that quietly reminded the audience of the importance of the day’s event.Back at the main stage, the music moved at a quick pace. Afternoon sets featured Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Margo Price, and Jamey Johnson. Johnson was no stranger to the event as this was his eleventh appearance at Farm Aid. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats captivated the crowd with a steamy, energetic set, with Margo Price and Lukas Nelson joining in to wrap things up with a cover of The Band’s “The Shape I’m In.” The angelic vocals of Kacey Musgraves were simply as Nashville as her, and the band was decked out in classy blue outfits.As the sun started to set, the performance time for each artist became lengthier. Sturgill Simpson bounded onto the stage with an energy that just wouldn’t quit. Grammy-winning Chris Stapleton had the crowd charged up, with fans wasting no time belting out the lyrics to “Tennessee Whiskey” at the end of his set. Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds gave an impressive acoustic performance that included heavy hitters such as “#41”, “Ants Marching”, and “Don’t Drink the Water.”Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds – “Don’t Drink The Water”[Video: Farm Aid]John Mellencamp continued to keep the Farm Aid crowd spirited as he reached into the catalog and busted out some of his greatest hits. “Small Town”, “Jack & Diane”, and the song that started his journey on the path for farmers, “Rain On the Scarecrow”, had the entire venue singing along to the lyrics. At times, Mellencamp would back away from the mic and let the audience take over a tune. Over 20,000 people singing along to his songs visibly impressed Mellencamp as he surveyed the crowd while they sang.Neil Young was joined by Promise of the Real, and they did not disappoint. With such a passion for the Farm Aid cause, Young maintained his stance and took the time to repeatedly remind the crowd to shop at farmers’ markets and help the small-town farmers. His set graced the entirety of his legendary career, varying from “Show Me,” “Heart of Gold”, to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s “Ohio,” and featured the live debut performance of “Children of Destiny.”Neil Young & Promise Of The Real – “Heart Of Gold”[Video: Farm Aid]Willie Nelson bookended the music by closing out the event with his set in annual fashion. Lukas and Micah joined their father on stage to back him during his set, which included heavy favorites “Whiskey River”, “On The Road Again”, and the Brenda Lee cover “Always On My Mind.” A tip of the hat was made to Waylon Jennings with a performance of “Good Hearted Woman”, and Nelson also performed several Hank Williams covers, including “Hey Good Lookin’”. Neil Young took to the stage and helped close out the show as the event wrapped up with “Will The Circle Be Unbroken?” and the Albert Brumley cover of “I’ll Fly Away.”The event that sold out in four hours was a huge success in Connecticut. For more information on how you can donate to farmers in need, please visit Farm Aid’s official website.Willie Nelson & Family – “Always On My Mind”
Greensky Bluegrass is gearing up for the release of their seventh studio album, All For Money, due out on January 18th, 2019 via the band’s own label, Big Blue Zoo Records. Yesterday, the jamgrass quintet shared a second track, “Do It Alone”, from the upcoming album, following the title track’s release earlier this month.The follow up to 2016’s Shouted, Written Down & Quoted, the new twelve-track record was recorded at Echo Mountain Recording in Asheville, NC alongside co-producers Dominic John Davis (Jack White’s longtime bassist) and Glenn Brown. Today, Greensky Bluegrass has shared behind the scenes footage of the band’s in-studio process as they record “Do It Alone”.Speaking about the new track, Paul Hoffman told NPR’s World Cafe,I’d been trying to write a windows-down rock and roll tune for a while. I got out an old guitar of mine, re-strung it, and immediately spit the song out. It’s meant to be an anthem.I ask myself, “Why do I do it alone?” It’s because I’ve got a whole room of thousands singing at the top of their lungs with me. Whenever I write something emotional that might be difficult to sing, I’m reminded of the fact the crowd is there. Hopefully, it’s a reminder for other people as well and we all have something to chant together.Watch Greensky Bluegrass’ behind the scenes footage of their recording process for “Do It Alone” below:Greensky Bluegrass – Behind The Scenes Recording Studio Footage[Video: GreenskyBluegrass]Greensky Bluegrass will celebrate New Year’ Eve at the iconic Riviera Theatre in Chicago from December 28th through the 31st. Then, in January, they’ll kick off an extended winter tour with special guests Circles Around The Sun, Billy Strings, and Cris Jacobs Band, with stops at famed venues across the country including The Ryman Auditorium, The Beacon Theatre, The Anthem, The Tabernacle, and more.REMAINING FALL TOUR DATES:December 28 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre #December 29 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre #December 30 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre %December 31 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre – “Three Sets of Greensky Bluegrass”*w/ The Lil Smokies^w/ Lindsay Lou#w/ The Jeff Austin Band% w/ Horseshoes & Hand GrenadesWINTER TOUR DATES:January 10 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre *January 11 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia *January 12 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre *January 16 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater *January 17 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium *January 18 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant *January 19 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle *January 22 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing Terrace ^January 23 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall ^January 24 – Knoxville, TN – The Mill & Mine ^January 25 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz ^January 26 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte ^January 27 – Charleston, WV – Mountain StageJanuary 29 – Portland, ME – State Theatre #January 30 – Boston, MA – House of Blues #January 31 – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s PeakFebruary 1 – Washington, DC – The Anthem #February 2 – Washington DC – The Anthem #February 5 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues #February 6 – Columbus, OH – Express Live! #February 7 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE #February 8 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore DetroitFebruary 9 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit*w/ Circles Around the Sun#w/ Billy Strings^Cris Jacobs BandUPCOMING FESTIVAL APPEARANCES:December 7 – 11 – Puerto Morelos, Mexico – Strings & SolApril 11 – 14 – Las Vegas, Nevada – Bender JamboreeView All Tour Dates[H/T Jambase]
On Wednesday night, Trey Anastasio‘s new project, Ghosts of the Forest, made a stop at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston, MA.The new outfit is comprised of Anastasio, his Phish bandmate Jon Fishman (drums), his Trey Anastasio Band cohorts Tony Markellis (bass), Ray Paczkowski (keys), and Jennifer Hartswick (vocals), and relative newcomer Celisse Henderson (vocals), who joined Phish, Hartswick, and more for their 2016 Ziggy Stardust Halloween set.Wednesday’s setlist identically mirrored the band’s set on Tuesday in Albany. In addition to a number of additional new tracks debuted last Thursday at the tour opener in Portland, Tuesday’s performance included all 9 songs set to be included on Ghosts of the Forest’s debut album, which arrives this Friday, April 12th. You can listen to the self-titled lead single from the album here.On Tuesday, ahead of Ghosts of the Forest’s performance at the Palace Theatre, Trey Anastasio took some time out of his afternoon to chat with SiriusXM JamOn host Ari Fink.Trey elaborated on a special live recording plan for Ghosts of the Forest’s New York City shows. He explained,This has been in place all along, but, the idea was to take the two nights and record the shows as a live album at the United Palace Theatre. It will almost be like a regular recording session, with two passes at the shows. For example, when Aretha Franklin was famously recording a record she would do two passes and that was it. Everyone had to play live. So for us, this is like we get two takes at the United Palace Theatre, but most importantly, the full picture of the Ghosts of the Forest document will have our community members and family in the audience. The recording will end up being a live album.Trey also discussed the longevity of the new Ghosts of the Forest material and compared Ghosts of the Forest to his one-off 8 Foot Fluorescent Tubes show in Vermont in 1998. He explained,This is finite. I’m so hugely grateful for the community of friends, family, and audience coming out and supporting us. This is what it is. I have five more shows of this and then I’ll be on Phish tour. It’ll be in the rearview mirror so fast. The last time I did something like this was when Higher Ground opened in Burlington, and my brother-in-law asked if I would play the opening weekend, to which I responded, ‘only if I can start an entirely new band’. That show, I debuted ‘Sand’ and ‘First Tube’ and all these years later those songs are still being played. Probably one or two or some will make it.You can check out some videos from Ghosts of the Forest’s performance in Boston, MA below:Ghosts of the Forest – “Ghosts of the Forest” / “Drift While You’re Sleeping”[Video: Parker Harrington]Ghosts of the Forest – “There’s A Path Above”[Video: Parker Harrington]Ghosts of the Forest – “Ruby Waves”[Video: Parker Harrington]Ghosts of the Forest – “A Life Beyond The Dream”[Video: Parker Harrington]Ghosts of the Forest – “Beneath a Sea of Stars Part 3 (blue)”[Video: Parker Harrington]Ghosts of the Forest – “Pieces in the Machine”[Video: David Guerette]Ghosts of the Forest’s tour continues on Friday, April 12th, at New York City’s United Palace Theatre. For a list of Ghosts of the Forest’s upcoming tour dates, head here.Setlist: Ghosts of the Forest | Orpheum Theatre | Boston, MA | 4/10/2019Set: Intro, Ghosts of the Forest, Drift While You’re Sleeping, Friend, Sightless Escape, Halfway Home > If Again, In Long Lines, There’s a Path Above, About to Run, The Green Truth, Beneath a Sea of Stars Parts 1 & 2 > Mint Siren Dream, Stumble Into Flight, Ruby Waves, Shadows Thrown By Fire, Wider, A Life Beyond The Dream, In This Bubble > Beneath a Sea of Stars Part 3 (blue)Encore: Brief Time, Pieces in the Machine