Pink Talking Fish Plays ‘Dark Side,’ Welcomes Special Guests On Concert Cruises

first_imgFan favorite tribute act Pink Talking Fish has had a busy couple of weeks on the water, bringing their unique synthesis of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, and Phish‘s material to four separate concert cruises around the northeast.On July 8th, the band played two separate two-set cruises aboard The Jewel on NYC’s East River. The first cruise saw the band tackle Pink Floyd’s iconic album Dark Side Of The Moon in its entirety. This marked the first time Pink Talking Fish has played a set of just one of the three bands it covers, though it also served as a subtle Phish reference, who once played the full album live themselves (11/2/98). The show featured Elise Testone on vocals for “The Great Gig In The Sky”, as well as several other songs during the second set. The second NYC cruise featured the Turkuaz horns section for a two-set dance party that raged into the early hours of the morning. This past Saturday, July 16th, Pink Talking Fish took to the waters of Lake Champlain in Vermont, and featured a sit-in from Seth Yacavone Band bassist Alex Budney on a super funky version of Talking Heads’ “Houses In Motion” from their 1980 album Remain In Light. Finally, the band hit the dirty waters of Boston, MA on Sunday Afternoon with support from Tom Hamilton’s American Babies. Hamilton also sat in with the band on extended versions of Talking Heads’ “Pull Up The Roots” (Speaking In Tongues) and Floyd’s “Young Lust” (The Wall). The special guest star of the cruise, however, was PTF bassist Eric Goulds’ 4 year old daughter, Zia Mei, who got on stage with a bring red guitar in hand and sang with the band on “Quinn The Eskimo”. Full Audio of both NYC Cruises courtesy of Keith Litzenberger can be found below:Video of PTF Bassist, Eric Gould’s, daughter joining the band for “Quinn The Eskimo” courtesy of Benny Tucker can be seen here. Video of Tom Hamilton sitting in with PTF for “Pull Up The Roots” >”Young Lust” courtesy of Benny Tucker can be seen here.After an action-packed couple of weeks on the water, Pink Talking Fish heads to San Francisco tomorrow, July 19th, for a Phish aftershow at MEZZANINE. CRUISE SETLISTS:July 8th, 2016 – Rocks Off Concert Cruises, New York, NY, 7pm Cruise:Set 1: (Dark Side Of The Moon) Speak To Me > Breathe > On The Run > Time > Great Gig In The Sky* > Money > Us And Them** > Any Colour You Like > Brain Damage > EclipseSet 2: Lengthwise***, Moma Dance > Wild Wild Life, Have A Cigar* > If I Could*, TakeMe To The River*, Dogs > Mike’s Song > This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)*, Fearless**** > Simple > Life During Wartime* > Weekapaug Groove*w/ Elise Testone on vocals; **w/ Waste tease; ***performed accapella while the boat was rocking particularly hard due to big waves; ****w/ Roggae and Prince Caspian teasesJuly 8th, 2016 – Rocks Off Concert Cruises, New York, NY, 11pm Cruise:Set 1: In The Flesh* > Bathtub Gin* > Burning Down The House, Run Like Hell, Gumbo, Nothing But Flowers, One Of These Days > Kung** > One Of These Days, Wolfman’s Brother > Crosseyed And PainlessSet 2: 2001*** > Another Brick In The Wall > Psycho Killer > Another Brick In The Wall > Tweezer > Houses In Motion**** > Young Lust > Suzy Greenberg >Girlfriend Is Better > Tweezer RepriseE1: Quinn The Eskimo > Character ZeroE2: Cities*No Horns; **”Kuaz” instead of Kung; ***w/ Manteca tease; ****w/ Stash teaseJuly 16th, 2016 – Lake Champlain Concert Cruise, Burlington, VTSet 1: Waves > Run Like Hell > Slippery People > Moma Dance > Slippery People, Have A Cigar > This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody), Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Divided Sky > Once In A Lifetime > Divided Sky > Somewhere Over The Rainbow > Divided SkySet 2: Nothing But Flowers* > My Friend My Friend, Dogs > Pull Up The Roots > Time, Carini > Houses In Motion**, Dogs > Character Zero*w/ Ass Handed tease; **w/ Alex Budney on bass, Fiyo On The Bayou teaseJuly 17th, 2016 – Rock On! Concert Cruise, Boston MASetlist: Punch You In The Eye > Life During Wartime > Breathe, Quinn The Eskimo*, Take Me To The River, Fearless** > The Curtain > Pull Up The Roots*** > Young Lust***, Waves > Psycho Killer > Pigs (3 Different Ones) > Bug > Crosseyed And Painless > Eclipse*w/ Zia Mei Gould on guitar and vocals; **w/ Prince Caspian tease; ***w/ Tom Hamilton on guitarlast_img read more

String Cheese Wraps Up Montana Run With Beatles, Johnny Cash Covers & More

first_imgAfter more than a decade, The String Cheese Incident made their triumphant return to the great state of Montana for two nights of jamming music. With a great opening night in the books, the band returned for a powerful finale with a number of 2016 debuts, some great covers and more!The band opened up with “Close Your Eyes,” and brought out “Indian Creek” for the first time of the year. They also featured two songs from their new SCI Sound Lab project in the first set, “Sweet Spot” and “Believe.” One of the big highlights from the show was the “Birdland > Wheel Hoss > Birdland” that opened set two, but 2016 debut covers of The Beatles’ “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” and Johnny Cash’s “Ring Of Fire” really helped make this show one to remember. They closed out the run with the ever-fitting “How Mountain Girls Can Love,” an ode to the mountainous state of Montana.Check out the full setlist below, courtesy of String Cheese (Twitter). Setlist: The String Cheese Incident at Big Sky Brewing Company, Missoula, MTSet One: Close Your Eyes, Little Hands > Indian Creek, Sweet Spot, Wake Up > Pack It Up > BelieveSet Two: Birdland > Wheel Hoss > Birdland,  Outside and Inside, Falling Through The Cracks > She Came In Through The Bathroom Window > Rivertrance, Piece Of Mine > BeautifulEncore: Ring Of FireEncore 2: How Mountain Girls Can Love[Photo via SCI on Facebook]last_img read more

Frank Viele Had Hometown Fans Capture His Concert Footage For This Exciting New Video [Premiere]

first_imgEmerging from the New England scene, singer/songwriter Frank Viele has been surrounded by music for his whole life, and continues to press the boundaries in the live setting with an incredible band. Performing over 150 shows per year, Viele has put together a road-tested band of jam players, including Jordan Simms (Everyone Orchestra/Juggling Suns), Andrew Cusanelli (On The Spot Trio), Dee Miller (Da Rezerekt/Rowboat Casino) and Max Cappello.Fresh off of winning the 2016 New England Music Awards for “Performer of The Year” and “Album of The Year”, Frank Viele is set to release the video for his fourth single off of his newest album, Fall Your Way. Entitled “Kalifornia,” the video was filmed live at a full band sold out show in New Haven, Connecticut, using footage from fans’ cell phones.“We decided to play a hometown show in New Haven, Connecticut to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the release of my album, Fall Your Way.” says Viele. “The song, “Kalifornia”, off of that record was a personal favorite of the band and had become a fan favorite live as well.  So we decided as a group to take a shot and have our fans, for this sold out show, take video on their cell phones and email them to us in the hopes that we could edit them together to make a cool video displaying the overall vibe of this celebration.  We were beyond happy with how the footage came out and really excited to say this video was made by our fans and for our fans.”Watch the exciting new video, premiering below exclusively via L4LM:In addition to the new video, Viele has some exciting tour dates up ahead, including a spot at the Dewey Beach Music Festival and a set at Pacific Standard in New Haven, CT. Meanwhile, the band will be working on a new studio effort to follow up Fall Your Way, so keep your eyes out for fresh new Viele grooves!You can see the upcoming tour dates below, and head to the band’s website for details and more information.Tour Dates:9/22/16 – Dewey Beach Music Festival Dewey Beach, DE9/23/16 – Dewey Beach Music Festival Dewey Beach, DE10/28/16 – Pacific Standard (Gov’t Mule Afterparty) New Haven, CTlast_img read more

Watch Tom Hamilton’s American Babies Perform “Lazarus” Ahead Of David Bowie Tribute

first_imgAfter performing incredible tributes to Radiohead and The Beatles at the Fox Theatre in Boulder and at Tonic Room in Chicago, respectively, Tom Hamilton’s American Babies will bring their “Masquerade Ball of Light & Dark” tour to American Beauty in New York City this weekend. The Saturday, November 5th show will contain another special tribute set, as the band are preparing to pay their respects to the late David Bowie. In anticipation of this one-of-a-kind tribute, American Babies have released a video from their rehearsals for the show. The video shows them performing “Lazarus” from Bowie’s final album Blackstar, which was released days before his death. If this video is any indication, Hamilton and co. are putting in the hard work to nail songs from throughout Bowie’s diverse career.Watch the video of Tom Hamilton’s American Babies performing “Lazarus” below.If you enjoyed this video, make sure to catch Tom Hamilton’s American Babies at American Beauty this Saturday for this sure-to-be-awesome tribute to David Bowie. [buy tickets here]last_img read more

Watch Warren Haynes Lead Opening Night Of The Last Waltz 40th Anniversary Tribute Tour

first_imgThe Last Waltz officially ended The Band’s career in November of 1976, though the performance would ultimately spark the musical flames of an entire subsequent generation. There is perhaps no greater evidence of that than the recently announced The Last Waltz 40 tour, which began in Florida last night as a celebration of the show’s 40th anniversary.Granted, it’s technically been 41 years since the show was played, but when you recruit musicians like Warren Haynes, Don Was, Michael McDonald, Terence Higgins, Jamey Johnson and more or the occasion, any time all of their schedules are clear is an appropriate time to honor The Band. And honor they did, pulling out all the punches for hours upon hours of great music.Opening night took place at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, FL, featuring the unmistakeable songs that propelled The Band into the spotlight, like “Cripple Creek,” “The Shape I’m In” and countless more. Fortunately, there are a number of fan shot videos of the performance to capture the essence of the night.“Up On Cripple Creek”“The Shape I’m In”“Stagefright”“Life Is A Carnival”“It Makes No Difference”“Way Down South In New Orleans”The Last Waltz 40th tour continues throughout the end of January into February. See the tour schedule below.January 23 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd HallJanuary 24 – Atlanta, GA @ Woodruff Arts CenterJanuary 25 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman AuditoriumJanuary 27 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre (Jamey Johnson not scheduled to appear)January 28 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre (Jamey Johnson not scheduled to appear)January 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Verizon Hall/Kimmel CenterJanuary 31 – Toronto Canada @ Sony CentreFebruary 2 – Albany, NY @ Palace TheatreFebruary 3 – Westbury, NY @ Theatre at WestburyFebruary 4 – Washington DC @ The Theater at MGM National Harborlast_img read more

TAUK Announces New Dates, Issues First Live Release Via New Partnership

first_imgToday, instrumental rock-fusion quartet TAUK announced the addition of several new dates to their 2017 tour. Headlining some of their biggest venues to date in Denver, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston and New York, the tour will take them around the country before a summer festival season that will see them featured at Summer Camp, Electric Forest, FloydFest, LOCKN’ and more. In addition to their headlining shows and busy festival schedule, Tauk will co-headline with Papadosio in Minneapolis and offer direct support for Railroad Earth and STS9 for select shows.TAUK are touring on the heels of their latest studio album Sir Nebula. Released on September 16, 2016  via STS9’s record label 1320 Records, Sir Nebula was produced by Grammy winner Robert Carranza. Steeped in a juxtaposition of genres as diverse as jazz, rock, funk, electronic, ambient, and hip-hop, Sir Nebula emphasizes the band’s knack for creating progressive melodies and producing intrinsic soundscapes.Says guitarist Matt Jalbert, “We’re excited to be releasing our shows through so that fans can have a place to find high quality live soundboard recordings from us. We’ll be putting up some older shows to start, and will continue to release more shows from our upcoming tours.”For a sneak peek of what to expect when TAUK hits the road, the Oyster Bay, NY quartet have also announced that they will begin selling select live shows via The first release from the band’s archives–their 10/13/16 show at Omaha, NE’s The Waiting Room–is available today. Head here to download the newly released show!Setlist: TAUK | The Waiting Room | Omaha, NE | 10/13/16Set 1: Battle Without Honor Or Humanity, Realize, Time’s Up, Where You Are > Dirty Blonde, Mindshift, When In Doubt, FrictionSet 2: Darkwing, Rainwalk, Dead Signal, On Guard, Program Select, Shenanigans, Afro-Tonic, Collateral, Sweet RevengeEncore: No Quarter (Led Zeppelin cover)For up-to-date information on TAUK, visit the band’s website. See below for TAUK’s full list of upcoming shows, including the newly announced dates and support for many of the existing shows:TAUK 2017 Tour Dates02/01/17 – Alchemy – Providence, R.I. (w/ Teddy Midnight)02/02/17 – Pearl St. – Northampton, MA (w/ Strange Machines)02/03/17 – Flour City Station – Rochester, NY (w/ Flux Capacitor)02/04/17 – The Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY*02/28/17 – Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC (w/ Butcher Brown)03/2-5/17 – Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival – Okeechobee, FL03/03/17 – Barrelhouse South – Savannah, GA03/04/17 – Visulite Theatre – Charlotte, NC03/06/17 – Zydeco – Birmingham, AL03/08/17 – Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO (w/ EGI)03/09/17 – Majestic – Madison, WI (w/ PHO)03/10/17 – Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN @03/11/17 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL03/14/17 – Rose Music Hall – Columbia, MO (w/ Linear Symmetry)03/15/17 – Vega – Lincoln, NE (w/ Linear Symmetry)03/16/17 – Aggie Theatre – Fort Collins, CO (w/ Skydyed)03/17/17 – The Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO (w/ Greener Grounds and Eminence Ensemble)03/18/17 – Animas City Theatre – Durango, CO (w/ Greener Grounds)03/22/17 – Town Square Tavern – Jackson, WY (w/ Yak Attack)03/23/17 – The Filling Station – Bozeman, MT (w/ Yak Attack)03/24/17 – The State Room – Salt Lake City, UT (w/ Yak Attack)03/25/17 – O.P. Rockwell – Park City, UT (w/ Yak Attack)03/29/17 – Crown Room – Crystal Bay, NV03/30/17 – Great American Music Hall – SF, CA (w/ Lebo & Friends)03/31/17 – The Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA04/01/17 – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV +04/04/17 – The Vanguard – Tulsa, OK (w/ MONTU)04/05/17 – George’s Majestic – Fayetteville, AR (w/ MONTU)04/06/17 – 1884 Lounge – Memphis, TN (w/ Soul Mechanic)04/07/17 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN (w/ Soul Mechanic)04/08/17 – Concourse @ The International – Knoxville, TN (w/ Soul Mechanic)04/09/17 – Revelry Room – Chattanooga, TN04/12/17 – Cosmic Charlie’s – Lexington, KY (w/ Peridoni)04/13/17 – Madison Live – Covington, KY (w/ Peridoni)04/14/17 – The Hi-Fi – Indianapolis, IN (w/ Peridoni)04/15/17 – Woodlands Tavern – Columbus, OH (w/ Earphorik)04/18/17 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH (w/ Consider the Source)04/19/17 – Iron Works – Buffalo, NY (w/ Consider the Source)04/20/17 – The Haunt – Ithaca, NY (w/ Strange Machines)04/21/17 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA04/22/17 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY05/26-28/17 – Summer Camp Music Festival – Chillicothe, IL06/22-25/17 – Electric Forest Weekend 1 – Rothbury, MI06/29-7/2/17 – Electric Forest Weekend 2 – Rothbury, MI07/26-30/17 – FloydFest – Floyd, VA08/24-27/17 – LOCKN’ – Arrington, VA* w/ Railroad Earth+ w/ [email protected]  co-headline with Papadosiolast_img read more

Countdown to Elements Lakewood: Activities and Installations

first_imgElements Music and Arts Festival started as a one-day festival in an abandoned shipyard in the industrial neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn. This year, Elements progresses into a three-day camping event located in scenic Lakewood, Pennsylvania, over Memorial Day Weekend, complete with a lake, cabins, bonfires and a concoction of electronic flavors that will lure the best of NYC’s twisted underground two-and-a-half hours north of the concrete. The ambitious creators of BangOn! are finally bringing their talents to greener pastures and open fields, where they’ll combine carefully curated elemental themed stages powered by headliners like Tipper, Claude Von Stroke, Ott, Lee Burridge, Claptone, and Liquid Stranger, with one-of-a-kind visual art collaborations and large-scale installations; their most elaborate ephemeral adult playground to date. Tickets, cabins and shuttle buses from Port Authority are all still available here.Let’s talk about David Tipper, lionized for his trans-dimensional alien crunk encompassing diverse styles and themes, such as his downtempo sunrise and Tip-Hop sets. The live Tipper alchemy is a grandiose and enveloping experience—a sonic filet of the brain—enhanced by visual effects innovators like Android Jones. Get ready for full on intergalactic vibrations at Elements Lakewood with a first time collaboration with Tipper and This Portuguese vision maestro merges psychedelic imagery with digital fabrics and molecules, promising a brand new experience for fans old and new. (Check out a video preview here.)Elements Lakewood’s cosmic smorgasbord of eye candy will also include Earth Stage projection mapped design by multi-media visual pioneers Rhizome NYC and ritualistic exhibition creators The Reliquarium. At the heart of the festival is Deep Mind Terrors, an art warehouse blurring the lines between surreal visual experience and psychedelic chill-out lounge, curated by Brooklyn based creative minds Mitzi Peirone and Cadence Hooks. There are also themed rooms such as The Fortress of Comfort, a pillow lair to unwind in with psychedelic projections and ambient tunes, and The Chaos Room, an interactive space chock full of LED installations, projection mapping, and voodoo jam outs.More embedded installations include Lakewood Sanatorium, an interactive theater tour through the asylum for a glimpse of the elemental witches that hold dominion over the minds of it’s patients. Delve into multiple rooms filled with actors from mystical worlds, complete tasks & play games to discover revelations from the Mystic and the Oracle. Freaks, get ready to get weird in the woods with a costume contest! The most stylish and decadently dressed group, seen dancing the most Saturday afternoon will be rewarded with $150 to spend on food & beverages + a free Elements Merch Pack. Check in with your group at 2pm on Saturday at the Water Stage donning your best looks!Wanna roller skate? Tiki Disco’s in the house to keep you grooving and moving. Practice your disco skating moves in the on-site roller rink to beats provided by NYC native legends Eli Escobar, Lloydski, and Andy Pry. There will also be, yes, a Pirate Ship. Hop on for a roundabout on the lake and listen to a 3-piece pirate band playing all your favorite high seas shanties! Ye wooks be warned, too spun and you’ll walk the plank! Camping vibes will be kept alive nightly with BYOI bon fires – Bring Your Own Instruments! (accordions, guitar, percussion, flute, horn, your voice, etc). A different host will lead the melodies each night. Want to switch it up from the untz of the other stages? Come enjoy a drink and listen to your favorite classics and live bands Snakes & Suds rock bar, a full pop-up dive.This is only a small dose of the cosmic sights, ethereal sounds and meditative embellishments that will submerge you when you join the BangOn! family in Northeast Pennsylvania May 26-28. The synergy of the seductive musical menu and  omnipresent creativity ingrained in the human fabric of the artists and producers of this event will engulf and maybe embolden you to take something intangibly powerful home. You cana also watch a preview of the going-ons at the Earth Stage and enter to win a 3-day pass here. Check out the main website for FAQ, directions and details.[Cover Photo: Chris Lazzaro]last_img read more

James Brown’s Original Band Members Team Up With All-Star Lineup For Phish Late Nights

first_imgOn Friday,  July 28th, CEG & Live For Live Music are excited to present The James Brown Dance Party, a star-studded tribute to the king of funk. Happening at the Highline Ballroom, there will be two shows: an early performance starting at 8PM and a Phish After-Party set beginning at 11:59PM. Tickets will be available this Friday, 5/12 starting at noon here (for early show) and here (for late show).The James Brown Dance Party is a rotating All-Star cast of musicians, led by The Chase Brothers, Adam and Matthew Chase (Jazz Is Phish). The July 28th presentation will feature, Fred Wesley (James Brown, The JB’s), Fred Thomas (James Brown), Antwaun Stanley (Vulfpeck), Binky Griptite (The Dap Kings), Justin Stanton (Snarky Puppy), James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band), Chris Rob (Talib Kweli) and Adam Dotson (Rubblebucket), alongside The Chase Brothers. Special guests from the Knicks City Dancers will also be in attendance. When a group of all-stars like this gets together, there’s no saying what’s going to happen but this show is sure to be the funkiest all-star tribute in show business!In past renditions, The James Brown Dance Party line-up has included: members of The James Brown Band, Bootsy Collins Band, The JB’s, Snarky Puppy, Trombone Shorty, Trey Anastasio Band, Galactic, Lettuce, Victor Wooten Band, Break Science, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Jazz is Dead, Kung Fu, Nth Power, Dopapod, Strange Design and more.Tickets for The James Brown Dance Party will be available this Friday, 5/12 beginning at noon here (for early show) and here (for late show). Check out our complete list of Baker’s Dozen late nights here or below! Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets To The James Brown Dance Party 7/28 (Early or Late Show – Winner’s Show of Choice):last_img read more

Watch John Lennon And Frank Zappa Jam At The Fillmore East, On This Day In 1971

first_imgOn June 5th, 1971, an unlikely meeting of two musical legends occurred at the historic Fillmore East in New York, NY when Frank Zappa and John Lennon shared the stage. Just a short while after The Beatles‘ reign had ended, Lennon continued to perform with his Plastic Ono Band. Meanwhile, Zappa was just making a name for himself with his off-the-wall style and sharp wit. It was certainly an exciting time for these legends to share the stage.The performance itself, however, is particularly bizarre. The three-song collaboration starts off with a blues-ish number, “Well (Baby Please Don’t Go),” a song that Lennon says he hadn’t played since his Liverpool days. Yoko Ono is caterwauling throughout this entire performance, an asset that comes into the limelight on the next song, “King Kong.” Zappa seems at times both amused and annoyed by the vocal contribution. They finish off the session with a jam on something called “Scumbag,” a free form jam based on the word scumbag.Fortunately, video footage of this show was captured as part of an eventual live release for Lennon. Though the album tanked, this video certainly captures an incredible moment in rock and roll history.Watch the three song set below.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: Dobro Legend Jerry Douglas Talks Past And Future Of Bluegrass

first_imgL4LM: You’re busting out your vocal skills on this album, which is pretty rare for you outside of harmonies and such. Are you able to play and sing, or is it like the chewing gum and walking thing?JD: Dobro playing and singing at the same time. You’re playing a slide instrument, and if you aren’t paying attention you might not have any idea where you end up. You can end up anywhere. You can end up on stage with some other band. I don’t proclaim myself a singer and a player simultaneously. I would rather lose one or the other. Just like playing fiddle and singing. You don’t see too many people doing it, and if you do, they really rehearsed it. I’ve got such a good band, I don’t need to play while I sing. Their playing sounds fine to me. I’ll sneak in a fill from time to time to, you know, kinda cap off whatever I just said, but I don’t need to play and sing at the same time.L4LM: I like the idea that you could get so lost that you end up on a different stage. Like you look around and you are onstage with Metallica.JD: Maybe even an alternate universe. That would be cool. String theory is alive and cooking. Maybe traveling through universes is something I should try more often. I’ve been on everybody else’s stage enough in my life. I think I’m gonna let other people handle that for now.L4LM: With all the guest appearances you’ve made on other folks’ work, do you ever get tempted to call them all up and get them to make a super band album or something? JD: That’s coming, it’s coming. I do that from time to time. This record, for, What If, I just wanted it to be the band and I wanted it to be me. I didn’t need to call any singers in—if there was any singing to be done, I was gonna do it. I’m sure they all sing better than me, but it’s my band! [laughs] In the end, it’s time for me to try things. I mean, why not? I’ve been around a lot of great singers and have sang harmonies for them, written for them, fed them funny lines when they didn’t have anything to say. It’s time for me to keep some things for myself.L4LM: There is a lot to be said about letting an artist act on their particular, personal vision. A lot of truth in there.JD: I’ve had a long career, and I have played lots of different kinds of music with lots of different people. It’s all in there. What If has stuff on it that I have been waiting to try for a long time now. It feels pretty good to me.Check out the Tom Waits’ cover of “2:19” from What If below:L4LM: Besides helping propel bluegrass forward, you’ve done a lot to help honor the past. Your work with The Earls Of Leicester has been a wonderful way to keep the memory of the Foggy Mountain Boys, Lester Flatt, and Earl Scruggs alive and well.Jerry Douglas: The Earls had gigs last week, and that music is really soul food for me. It was the first music I ever played. To get to play it with those guys in that band is as close to playing with Lester and Earl as I’ll ever get—heck, as anyone ever could.L4LM: You present a pretty authentic rendition, all the way down to the fancy dress. Do you need the clothes to get in the mood?JD: NO. [Laughs] Actually, some of that thinking is wrong. They didn’t all wear suits. Lester and Earl did, but the other guys were poor men. They couldn’t afford suits. They had shirts and ties. As long as you had that tie, that country string tie, you were good. That is kinda The Earls’ model. Doesn’t much matter what you got on as long as you are wearing a white shirt and that tie. You got that, you’re in the band, man.L4LM: I think Rob and Ronnie McCoury might just appreciate it if you spoke to their dad.JD: [Laughs] That’s why they get out away from him sometimes. They found freedom! I’ve gone backward. For years, I fought the suits. I wore the t-shirts and the tank tops, but now I’m wearing a tie on stage.L4LM: Within the past Flatt & Scruggs catalog, are there any tunes you are dying to play?JD: Oh yeah, there are plenty more great Flatt & Scruggs tunes left. I am kinda wondering what the next step for that band is—what we are gonna morph into. There are lots and lots of great songs left to play though, no doubt about that.Check out The Earls Of Leicester nailing the Flatt & Scruggs’ classic “Dim Lights, Thick Smoke,” below:L4LM: We have bands like Greensky Bluegrass and The Infamous Stringdusters heading in a jamgrass direction and other bands choosing to go the more traditional route. How healthy does the future of bluegrass look to you?Jerry Douglas: It looks great! Obviously, I fall in the middle of that spectrum you described. All of those guys can play bluegrass. They just choose to play other things to go along with it. And that’s great. I think that’s wonderful. With them, my test is whether they can play the real thing or did they jump immediately to jamgrass music. I really appreciate the musicians who can go back and forth and have learned the basics before they speed up and start to jam. I like the ones who learn to play a melody first, then they can learn how to speed it up.L4LM: You need to know the rules before you can break them.JD: Exactly. There are some rules with me. I respect them more if they can play melody. But I don’t respect them less if they then go into the jam. I’ll go right along with them. I’ll go deep into the jam.L4LM: Well, good luck with the new album and the tour. And thanks for representing the music so well.JD: My pleasure! Dobro virtuoso Jerry Douglas has pretty much done it all at this point in his career. His session numbers are mind-boggling, with over 1,500 appearances to his credit. Over the course of those seeming infinite recording experiences, he’s worked with everyone from Phish to Dolly Parton. He’s paid homage to bluegrass masters Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs with his incredible tribute The Earls Of Leicester. Now, with a new band and a new record, What If, Douglas is ready to make some noise of his own again. Before hitting the road with his new band, Jerry Douglas took a few minutes to talk with our own Rex Thomson about the history and future of bluegrass, his hundreds of awards, and the importance of learning the rules before breaking them. Enjoy!L4LM: Over the course of your forty-plus years in the business, you have won basically every award, including fourteen Grammys. Is there a full-on wall of stuff or a shrine at your house?Jerry Douglas: I don’t like looking at that stuff, honestly. My wife has a closet that is full of that stuff, and that is way too visible for me.L4LM: That’s good though. Have you ever been in an argument with her and pulled out the “Honey, are you questioning the word of the ten-time IBMA Dobro Player of the Year?”JD: Ha! That’s one I haven’ t used yet, but I’m waiting. You gotta pick your battles, man.L4LM: We spoke to Anders Beck a while back, and he credited you with inspiring his love of the dobro. Do you remember your first encounter with the instrument?JD: Totally! I loved the sound of it the first time I heard it. The thing that brought me to the instrument was a guy named Josh Graves—”Uncle” Josh Graves—who played with (Lester) Flatt and (Earl) Scruggs. Graves was just so ahead of his time. He could play fast, he could play slow. He apparently learned the blues from an old black man, and it had really served him well.John Fogerty put it better than anybody I ever heard. Fogerty is a big lover of the dobro too. I’m paraphrasing here, but he said, “It has an emotional sound that hits you in the heart and never leaves.” It’s such an emotive instrument. It’s a lot like the human voice. It can emote the same way. It sounds so real, and it is real. It’s your head to your hands to your heart.There’s a lot of things that you can do because you’re playing with a slide. You’re not stuck with a fret that tells you how far you can go. You’re not a dog on a chain. You can do other things that a guy with a fret can’t do.Check out our interview with Anders Beck about the role of Jerry Douglas in his own dobro playing here.L4LM: You have been playing professionally for almost five decades. You’re probably the first dobro player that literally thousands of players heard. Do you feel the responsibility of being an ambassador for the instrument?JD: Oh, absolutely. I’ve had to explain to so many people over the years what a dobro is, though I find I don’t have to do that as much anymore. I think I’m doing something right. All those guys like Anders and Andy Hall, Rob Ickes—we’re all doing it. I kinda started a train, and those guys all came on board. I love Anders’ playing. I love his whole idea of how the thing works and how to use it. Andy Hall too, right there. Those guys are both playing in front of a different audience than I play in front of. But I’m gonna be out there real soon with an eight-piece band, and we’re gonna be hitting it real hard. We’re really looking forward to getting down at The Festy with Andy and everybody.Check out our chat with Andy Hall about The Festy and his dobro love here.L4LM: You have a new album, What If, coming out August 17th. After all your work with others and with the Earls, how does it feel to be back to making your own music again?JD: It’s just really great. I wrote this record when I really inspired to jump back out there and just write. Plus, it was an inspiration to play with my band a bit and play my older material with these players, because then they can go in and put their stamp on it. That’s when the music really grew up. Every time we play this stuff now, we find new stuff we want to exploit. It is just getting better and better. They are just great musicians. I just wrote the songs, they made them their own. This is a real band record. I didn’t tell everybody what to play. The secret is hiring the right people and turning them loose to do what they do. That’s the secret.Check out the title track to Douglas’ new album, What If, below:last_img read more