Phil Lesh and Friends is an American rock band formed and led by Phil Lesh, former bassist of the Grateful Dead. “So he’s thinking ahead and at the same time he’s open to the moment when you throw all the rules out the window and you just wail. Keeping with the family theme is Alex Koford, a long time family friend whom Phil recruited to be his drummer. Encouraged by Ross James, a Jewish guitarist in his band, Phil Lesh and Friends, Lesh decided in 2013 to hold a Hanukkah menorah lighting. Grahame, for his part, has tried to come at music in his own way. But it makes it even better because he’s my son.”. “This is pretty close to the ideal of the Grateful Dead, of each musician being like a finger on a hand, and it blends together really well,” Phil says. I wanted them to be who they were. In this episode of Plus One Eric welcomes Phil Lesh, the legendary bassist of the Grateful Dead and Phil’s son Grahame Lesh of Midnight North and Terrapin Family Band. It is so enjoyable for me to play with somebody like that. Phil Lesh Amps An illustration of The Grateful Dead’s live sound rig (aka Wall of Sound), circa 1974. When not on tour, Lesh's sons, Grahame and Brian, serve as the house band at Terrapin Crossroads In addition to songs from the Dead catalog, Lesh played material by Mumford & Sons, Zac Brown Band and other contemporary acts with his sons. He now leads the country rock band Midnight North, which gigs weekly at Terrapin Crossroads and tours the country. Set 1 01. I didn’t want to push. Review our. But it makes it even better because he’s my son.”. The Terrapin Family Band’s first real tour begins Wednesday at The Anthem, with special guests Robert Randolph and Nicki Bluhm sitting in. GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. Phil, 77, and Grahame, 30, now play together regularly, anchoring the Terrapin Family Band, Phil’s latest Dead-centric project that grew out of regular gigs at Terrapin Crossroads, the family’s bar, restaurant and music venue in San Rafael, Calif. “People ask me what it’s like to play music with my son and I say, ‘It’s the best thing in the whole universe.’ I can’t even describe it,” Phil says. One of the strongest intellects and most extraordinary musical talents in rock history, Phil Lesh re-defined what the bass could sound like, and in so doing heavily influenced what the Dead sounded like. Keeping with the family theme is alex koford, a long time family friend whom phil recruited to be his drummer. As the ‘Dead’s live sound evolved, so did Lesh… Grahame grew up around music, touring with the Dead as a child and, after Jerry Garcia died, with Phil Lesh and Friends. Phil talks about switching from violin to bass when Jerry asked him to join The Dead, and how he continued to find inspiration in the classical bass lines of Brahms and Bach. … It doesn’t have to be your job or anything,” Grahame says. The Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh and Phish’s Trey Anastasio have only done one interview together. “This is pretty close to the ideal of the Grateful Dead, of each musician being like a finger on a hand, and it blends together really well,” Phil says. The band has become Phil’s most consistent group in years and has reinvigorated him enough that he’s slowly returning to touring after mostly playing shows in California and New York since the Dead’s farewell concerts in 2015. “By the time I started picking up guitar they were like, yeah, as long as you do something (musical) we’re cool with it. Grahame didn’t start pursuing music seriously until the venue opened in 2011, and he had a non-music job until a few years ago. I was inspired to do so by my friend Jay Blakesberg posting the photo above on his Facebook page. Phil Lesh, left, and his son Grahame regularly jam together in the Terrapin Family Band. The Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh and his son Grahame share a band — and an even stronger bond, “At Home with the Rutherfords” hopes to be part Christmas concert, part cooking show – and fully interactive, 2020 holiday-music guide: Support local artists by streaming these concerts, shows, Stevie Wonder is playing his first-ever Red Rocks show as part of SeriesFest Season 5, Disrupt Festival looks to fill Warped Tour-sized hole for fans, Steve Miller Band, George Clinton and P-Funk, Flux Pavilion join RiNo’s Mission Ballroom lineup, Jennifer Lopez will celebrate her 50th birthday at the Pepsi Center this summer. He started his music career as a violinist. “I think we’re playing a more energetic rendition of these songs than a lot of bands do these days, more than the Dead did, other than certain eras,” Grahame says. Phil talks about switching from violin to bass when Jerry asked him to join The Dead, and how he continued to find inspiration in the classical bass lines of Brahms and Bach. The 75-year-old musician, who is … David Crosby had a busy 2020 lined up, with three separate tours, major shows with Phil Lesh, Joe Walsh, and Jason Isbell, and a lot of new music to make.At the moment, Crosby has no idea if any of that is going to happen. The Terrapin Family Band’s first real tour begins Wednesday in Washington, D.C., with special guests Robert Randolph and Nicki Bluhm sitting in. Songs with music by Phil Lesh. “I think we’re playing a more energetic rendition of these songs than a lot of bands do these days, more than the Dead did, other than certain eras,” Grahame says. SUBSCRIBE NOW $1 for 3 months. In this episode of Plus One Eric welcomes Phil Lesh, the legendary bassist of the Grateful Dead and Phil’s son Grahame Lesh of Midnight North and Terrapin Family Band. Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh says he's thrilled to share a stage with his son in the Terrapin Family Band, bringing him to Pot of Gold in Chandler. BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Music fans at The Acoustic Sunday night got more than they bargained for when Phil Lesh, one of the founding members and bassist of Grateful Dead, was brought … “I was so touched and so proud that he invited me to play with him,” Phil says. Phil Lesh' restaurant is family cool My son's 40th birthday celebration was a big success at Terrapin Crossing in San Raphael California. “It is the joy of my life,” Phil Lesh explains with equal measures of … Phil Lesh has announced two shows at his Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, Calif. I’m so glad it didn’t a skip a generation.”. Because of the way he plays. Cryptical Envelopment -> The Other One -> 02. In … Lesh, who is not Jewish, had always noticed the disproportionate number of Jews among the band’s fans, known as Deadheads. Phil Lesh closed out his 79th birthday run at The Capitol Theatre on Saturday night with help from Luther Dickinson, Amy Helm and Birds Of Chicago's Allison Russell - listen to full show audio. He was unable to achieve the position he wanted to be in the university band. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! I play guitar and sing for Midnight North & The Terrapin Family Band, and I play bass for the Capito Lesh will be joined by his son, Grahame, for the gathering set for Sept. 6-7 at Arrowood Farm Brewery in Accord. Lesh began performing again with Phil Lesh and Friends in 2012. The Phil Zone / Lesh's memoir spotlights intimate moments with the Dead ... taking their two young sons on the Dead's 1990 European concert tour and watching son Grahame hammer a … It was like a matter of policy in a way. “People ask me what it’s like to play music with my son and I say, ‘It’s the best thing in the whole universe.’ I can’t even describe it,” Phil says. A self-taught guitarist who picked up the six-string at 13, Grahame grew up playing in garage bands and learning metal riffs. It is nestled in the lush rolling hills of Ross in Marin County, California. The first person that phil brought on was grahame lesh, his son. Phil and Grahame Lesh. When Terrapin Crossroads opened, Grahame started playing Dead songs regularly for the first time with his friends and his dad. The shows are billed as Phil Lesh and The Terrapin All-Stars. If I had my druthers I’d play with him every time. Songs with lyrics by Phil Lesh. Grahame, for his part, has tried to come at music in his own way. However, unbeknownst to Lesh, his untrained singing style was slowly damaging his vocal chords, ultimately leading to a self-imposed hiatus from live vocals in 1974 that ended up lasting over a decade. Phil, 77, and Grahame, 30, now play together regularly, anchoring the Terrapin Family Band, Phil’s latest Dead-centric project that grew out of regular gigs at Terrapin Crossroads, the family’s bar, restaurant and music venue in San Rafael, California. If I had my druthers I’d play with him every time. When Grahame Lesh decided to enter his high school talent show in 2003, he asked his dad, Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, if he’d join him to perform the band’s hippie-era anthem ̶… “A lot of times when we’re together we’re not so much like father and son as we are just a couple of musicians.”. He got into Berkeley High School for completing his schooling career. Lesh’s amplification and effects use runs in concert with his ever evolving use of the bass itself. Rock musician Phil Lesh has been diagnosed with non-aggressive bladder cancer and has canceled a pair of October concerts. Why have models of Colorado’s coronavirus trajectory been off? Phathers and Sons. A self-taught guitarist who picked up the six-string at 13, Grahame grew up playing in garage bands and learning metal riffs. “I was so touched and so proud that he invited me to play with him,” Phil says. From the beginning Grahame’s guitar chops, powerful vocals and harmonic touch helped form the backbone of the band’s sound. … It doesn’t have to be your job or anything,” Grahame says. By signing up you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, Share your feedback by emailing the author. He, after completing his school life, went on to attend San Francisco State University. I wanted to share it with you. 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When Grahame Lesh decided to enter his high school talent show in 2003, he asked his dad, Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, if he’d join him to perform the band’s hippie-era anthem “Sugar Magnolia.”. “The way he thinks about music and the way he strings his thoughts together, he really has a feeling for the long line,” Phil says. When Terrapin Crossroads opened, Grahame started playing Dead songs regularly for the first time with his friends and his dad. In honor of Phil Lesh’s 80th birthday on Sunday, we present this piece from our September 2013 issue. They play a mix of Dead songs and classic rock covers, and even do an original, “Galilee,” that Brian wrote. By The Washington Post October 19, 2017 at 4:45 p.m. “I’m sure they’re happy that it is.”, “It’s so delightful that it turned out the way it did,” Phil says. This interview with Trey Anastasio and Phil Lesh is one of the greatest, most unique stories in there. “A lot of times when we’re together we’re not so much like father and son as we are just a couple of musicians.”. Lesh spent his early years using Fender Dual Showman amps. Phil Lesh was born in the city of Berkeley in California. Because of the way he plays. “When he got older, he would sometimes sit on a road case behind Jerry and I think he might have internalized that heavily,” Phil says. “Everything he’s done has been entirely on his own effort. Phil Lesh, left, and his son Grahame regularly jam together in the Terrapin Family Band. He now leads the country rock band Midnight North, which gigs weekly at Terrapin Crossroads and tours the country. Phil and his wife, Jill, encouraged Grahame and his younger brother, Brian, to play music but never pushed it as a career path. From the beginning grahame's guitar chops, powerful vocals and harmonic touch helped form the backbone of the band's sound. The first person that Phil brought on was Grahame Lesh, his son. Grateful Dead founding member and bassist Phil Lesh is selling his gorgeous light-filled Dutch Colonial for $10.3million. I wanted them to be who they were. Phil Lesh & Friends 7-2-1999 The Warfield S.F., CA Source: SBD>DAT>spdif>Delta 66>Sound Forge WAV's>CDWAV>SHN>SHNTOOL>mkwACT Band: Phil Lesh - Bass Steve Kimock - Guitar Bill Kreutzmann - Drums David Nelson - Guitar and Vocals Barry Sless - Guitar Mookie Siegel - Keyboards Disc 1. Grahame grew up around music, touring with the Dead as a child and, after Jerry Garcia died, Phil Lesh and Friends. “I’m sure they’re happy that it is.”, “It’s so delightful that it turned out the way it did,” Phil says. It is so enjoyable for me to play with somebody like that. “The way he thinks about music and the way he strings his thoughts together, he really has a feeling for the long line,” Phil says. Official Site. (John R Wisdom) When Grahame Lesh decided to enter his high school talent show in … “Everything he’s done has been entirely on his own effort. Grahame didn’t start pursuing music seriously until the venue opened in 2011, and he had a non-music job until a few years ago. The Terrapin Family Band has been through a few permutations but settled into its core lineup — with drummer Alex Koford, keyboardist Jason Crosby and guitarist Ross James — last year. “By the time I started picking up guitar they were like, yeah, as long as you do something [musical] we’re cool with it. During this time, Phil also had the task of handling the group’s high vocal harmonies, at which he excelled with his near-perfect pitch. When Grahame Lesh decided to enter his high school talent show in 2003, he asked his dad, Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, if he’d join him to perform the band’s hippie-era anthem “Sugar Magnolia.”. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. He actually saw his first show during the Dead’s 1986 New Year’s Eve run in Oakland, California, when he was just 2 weeks old.”When he got older, he would sometimes sit on a road case behind Jerry and I think he might have internalized that heavily,” Phil says. 35 talking about this. He, in his high school, switched to trumpet and participated in all the music competitions that were held at his school. “So he’s thinking ahead and at the same time he’s open to the moment when you throw all the rules out the window and you just wail. The Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW; Wed., 7:30 p.m., $75-$125. The group wasted no time in unpacking their box of Grateful Dead goodness, starting off Thursday’s show with eleven classic Dead tunes before deviating from the catalog for the first of the evening’s three non-GD songs (see both night’s setlists below, along with photos from Night 2). It was like a matter of policy in a way. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS. They play a mix of Dead songs and classic rock covers, and even do an original, “Galilee,” that Brian wrote. The band has become Phil’s most consistent group in years and has reinvigorated him enough that he’s slowly returning to touring after mostly playing shows in California and New York since the Dead’s farewell concerts in 2015. When Grahame … Phil and his wife, Jill, encouraged Grahame and his younger brother, Brian, to play music but never pushed it as a career path. The Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh, son Grahame share a band – and an even stronger bond By The Washington Post When Grahame Lesh decided to enter his high school talent show in 2003, he asked his dad, Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, if he’d join him to perform the … The Terrapin Family Band has been through a few permutations but settled into its core lineup — with drummer Alex Koford, keyboardist Jason Crosby and guitarist Ross James — last year. I’m so glad it didn’t a skip a generation.”. In this episode of Plus One, Eric welcomes Phil and Grahame Lesh. Lesh, 77, continues to play regularly at his Marin County restaurant and music venue Terrapin Crossroads, under the name Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band … Good family friendly food, environment and services. Phil & Friends is not a traditional group in that several different lineups of musicians have played under the name, including groups featuring members of Phish , … The most important news stories of the day, curated by Post editors and delivered every morning. Maybe Phil is just a proud dad, but he’s constantly impressed by Grahame’s approach to music. Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band hit Chicago for two sold out shows at Thalia Hall on March 7 th & 8 th. Phil and Grahame Lesh on Eric Krasno Plus One. The Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh and his son…, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Submit to Stumbleupon (Opens in new window). 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