Episode 34: Dennis McNally

On the heels of a great trip to Boston to see Dead and Company I had the fortunate opportunity to sit down with Dennis McNally long time publicist for the Grateful Dead.

With Amir Bar-Lev’s Long Strange Trip still fresh on my mind, I began the conversation with Dennis asking if four hours could possibly capture the depth of the Grateful Dead history…...

To check out Susana Millman's great coffee table book filled with beautiful photos from behind the scenes with the Grateful Dead go here

As you heard Dennis has been involved in the California Historical Society's very cool Summer of Love project. You can check out their groovy website here.

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Episode 33: Eric Krasno

You've heard his incredible work, in Soulive and before that Lettuce, but perhaps you don't know enough about Eric Krasno.  He has risen to become a sought after Grammy award winning writer and producer that plays with virtually everyone on the jam scene. When he’s not hanging with Aaron Neville, 50 Cent and Norah Jones, Krasno finds the time work on his own projects. His wide swath of inspiration comes from a wide variety of sources and it was a thrill to sit down with him to talk shop…..

You can learn more about Eric by going to erickrasno.com

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Episode 32: Grahame Lesh of Midnight North

While he certainly has the musical pedigree, this Lesh is making his own mark with a great band that features outstanding 3 part harmonies, great songs and a really great vibe. We’ve had a chance to listen to their latest release “Under the Lights” due out June 16th and we were thoroughly impressed with the playing and memorable songs. I sat down with Grahame to get an understanding of where the band is at in their very early career. We talked about that, the song making process, their residency at Terrapin Crossroads and more. 

For more on this awesome project visit midnightnorth.com.

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Episode 31: Reed Mathis

Since his debut record for this project "Beathoven" put out, Reed Mathis has assembled a hot band dubbed Electric Beethoven and taken his latest project on the road. To be clear, Electric Beathoven is an improvisational rock band that is guided by the works of Beathoven and for the debut record they are particularly inspired by his Symphony #3 and # 6. There isn’t anything more I can say about this project but wow, so I was psyched to sit down and chat with Reed who offered all kinds of interesting takes and insights…..

For more on this awesome project visit reedmathis.com.

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Episode 30: Dave Brandwein of Turkuaz

Describing Turkuaz as a pure funk band doesn’t do the musicians in this band enough justice, they play it all. Favorites on the Jamband Festival scene, these guys know how to bring the party wherever they go. I had a chance to sit down with Dave Brandwein the front man for the group just before they left for Bonnaroo……..

You can learn more about Dave and his mates in Turkuaz here

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Episode 29: Nicole Atkins

Nicole is an incredible vocalist and songwriter who’s taken some time since her last record Slow Phaser, to get married, figure out life and write new material. We’ve always been a big fan of her work, and the fact that she’s joined Joe Russo’s Almost Dead on stage makes us appreciate her even more! We sat down to talk to her about the delay between records, writing music and her performances with JRAD….. 

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Episode 28: Steve Kimock

The aptly named “Kimock” is the current muse of guitar magician Steve Kimock and includes his son John Morgan Kimock on drums, long time collaborator Bobby Vega on bass and Leslie Mendelson. It was a gigantic thrill to sit down with Steve to catch up on his goings on and to pick his brain on a variety of subjects including recent stints with Bob Weir and other projects he is working on. 

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Episode 27: Leslie Mendelson

Leslie Mendelson is a Grammy nominated artist that is not as yet a house hold name but should be! Her 2009 debut Swan Feathers did receive accolades and through all kinds of crummy circumstance we’ve waited a long time for a follow up. The good news is, the tide has turned and Leslie with the help from some notable friends including Bob Weir, Steve Kimock, Dave Schools and others, is well on the path to certain creative justice.  She recently released Love & Murder, a haunting and memorable solo album, that is absolutely gorgeous We sat down to discuss the new record, and the goings on her life now and the very bright future.

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Episode 26: Long Strange Trip with Director Amir Bar-Lev and Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux

What a LONG STRANGE TRIP is the title of the new Amir Bar-Lev authorized documentary of the Grateful Dead that I caught at the HOT DOC’s screening here in Toronto just a few nights ago. To say its a trip doesn’t do this four hour long look at our beloved band justice. The film takes you from the very earliest days of the Mother McCree Uptown Jug band to the unfortunate end with Jerry Garcia’s passing and everything in between. I had the opportunity to sit down with both Amir Bar-Lev and our friend Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux to get some insight into the making of the film and the Grateful Dead story.

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Episode 25: Ori Naftaly of Southern Avenue

Though they aren’t a household name yet, I predict big things for Southern Avenue, a Memphis based Blues, R&B, Gospel, Soul quintet, who have burst on the scene virtually out of nowhere. While their sound is tried and true, their story is a little less conventional. You just don't get signed to Stax without having undeniable songs and chops.  I sat down with Ori Naftaly to get the goods on Southern Avenue and their quick rise……

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Episode 24: Neal Casal of Chris Robinson Brotherhood

I sat down with Neal Casal guitar player extraordinaire for the CRB to get his take on what the Betty Blends project, an update on CRB's forthcoming release and a few other items including information on a potential new Circles Around the Sun release. We started though talking about what it's like to work with the legendary Betty Cantor Jackson.... 

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Neal is an incredible photographer as well. Worth a follow on Instagram! 

Neal is an incredible photographer as well. Worth a follow on Instagram

Episode 23: Jamie Shields of The New Deal

I would imagine innovating a sound, or rather pioneering a sound and then making your own by mastering it night after night can be a tiring task. That isn’t to say The New Deal, a live electronic band got bored of what they were doing, rather, they decided to improvise another career path. So in April 2011 after 12 years of playing hundreds of show, they took a collective deep breath and went away to work on other projects. Since that time, they’ve recorded and played a few festivals and continue to jam together now in a retooled incarnation, with being inventive and fresh still their motivation. I caught up with Jamie Shields the keyboard player for a the New Deal to get the scoop on their current goings on….

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Episode 22: Tom Hamilton Jr. of American Babies and JRAD

I’ve been following the trajectory of Tom Hamilton’s career ever since his Brother’s Past days in the late 90s back at the Wetlands in New York. Since that time he has moved on to form a new band American Babies and is one of two guitar players and vocalists in Joe Russo’s Almost Dead . I’ve always heard he’s fairly outspoken about the music he makes and the general jamband scene and was excited to talk to a young veteran of said scene about all his current projects including American Babies, Electron and of course JRAD.

This episode is 57:01 minutes long and includes a great version of Reuben and Cherise at the end from Joe Russo's Almost dead 12-31-16. 

Episode 21: Col. Bruce Hampton (Retired)

When I first started listening to and learning about some of the early jambands in the early 90s like Phish, Blues Traveler, and Widespread Panic, members of each pointed to their spiritual leader Col.Bruce Hampton. While he certainly isn't a house hold name the beloved Col. Is responsible for finding many prominent members of the current scene including Oteil Burbidge and Jimmy Herring. His biography reads like a who's who of music and dates back to being friends with Duane Allman. When I had a chance to sit down with the colonel I wasn't entirely sure what to expect, and we indeed got into all kinds of topics including politics, music, baseball and more.

Check out the Col.'s website here!

This episode is 29:01 long

Episode 20: Brook Jordan of Twiddle

Imagine living in the shadows of the world's premiere jambands. That's the case for Twiddle who hail from Vermont and often compared to Phish pioneers in the improvisational jamband scene. The truth though, is that the only thing worth of comparison is the extensive touring and playing the bands do. Both have their own community, musical style (funk, reggae, bluegrass, rock) and sensibilities. I sat down with Brook Jordan, Twiddle's drummer to learn more about the band, and get his take on the comparison. 

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Episode 19: Mike Gantzer of Aqueous

Though they are relatively fresh on the jamband scene Aqueous has quickly built up a reputation as a solid groove band who has toured and played many festivals around North America. Hailing from Buffalo New York, the quartet has shared the stage with the likes of Umphrey’s McGee, Twiddle and others. Kind of makes sense when you consider they are rooted in prog rock and bands like Pink Floyd and other classic rock bands. . I sat down with Mike Gantzer to learn about the band’s formation, and overall story….. 

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Episode 18: Jeff Mattson of Dark Star Orchestra

The Dark Star Orchestra in it's 20 year existence has become the premier Grateful Dead tribute band. Playing a show from the band's history each night, has rekindled a fan base's love for the music and it's community. Jeff Mattson has played the role of Jerry Garcia for 7 of those years. We sat down and talked to Jeff about his role and a whole lot more.

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Episode 17: Derek Trucks

Given his lineage, prowess and ability, it's no surprise that teaming with his equally gifted wife Susan Tedeschi was bound to create an extremely rewarding project for Derek Trucks. 7 years in The Tedeschi Trucks Band has proven to be a musical tour de force (pun intended) and is now his sole focus. So when we sat down to talk about the Tedeschi Trucks upcoming live release Live from Oakland at The Fox which is also a must see film, I wasn't surprised that he's excited about where things are at....

Episode 16: Susan Tedeschi

When blues musician Susan Tedeschi joined forces with her ace guitar playing husband Derek Trucks to create the Tedeschi Trucks Band 7 years ago, it was a matched made in musical heaven all over again. With the Tedeschi Trucks Band set to release their second live album and first concert film Live from The Fox, Oakland, I had the opportunity to catch up with Susan and asked if things 7 years are going as expected....

Episode 15: Adam Chase of Jazz is Phish

Inspiration can come from all kinds of places. When Adam and his brother Matthew decided to put together Jazz is Phish, they weren't only inspired by the music of Phish, but also the Jazz is Dead project. The idea to bring a jazz sensibility to Phish's music seemed like a natural way to tackle the band they love and the music they make.

Conversation begins at 6:06 after "Ghost"

Show closes with "46 Days"

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