Phil Lesh Nods to Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams and Jerry Garcia at West Coast Rambles
Ryan Adams and Phil Lesh in 2006
Phil Lesh hosted two additional West Coast Rambles at his San Rafael, CA Terrapin Crossroads over Memorial Day weekend. In addition to Lesh, both shows featured Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik, RatDog guitarist Mark Karan, Furthur/RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, drummer Jaz Sawyer and Ryan Adams & the Cardinals pedal steel player Jon Graboff.
Friday’s show took place a day after Bob Dylan’s 71st birthday, and the ensemble paid tribute with a cover of “Highway 61 Revisited” just two songs into the night. Soon after, Lesh and the band tackled Ryan Adams & the Cardinals’ Cold Roses chestnut “Magnolia Mountain.” Though Graboff joined the Cardinals a few months after they recorded Cold Roses, Lesh has performed the song semi-regularly since first playing with Adams and the band at the 2005 Jammys (The Jammys also happened to be one of Graboff’s first gigs with the band).
Lesh and his Ramble band revisited Cold Roses on Saturday night as well. This time the band closed their first set with “Let it Ride,” another song Lesh has performed with various Phil & Friends lineups since Adams’ brief stint in the band.
Saturday night’s setlist also featured a few selections associated with Jerry Garcia’s side projects. Near the start of his show, Lesh invited out Furthur vocalist Sunshine Garcia Becker for Jerry Garcia Band’s arrangement of “How Sweet It Is.” A bit later, Lesh and company ran through “Man of Constant Sorrow,” a traditional number Jerry Garcia performed on occasion in the early ’60s and revived in the ’90s during three shows with David Grisman (The song also appears on the Garcia/Grisman/Tony Rice release The Pizza Tapes.) Likewise, during their second set the band saluted Miles Davis on his birthday with a take on “So What,” which Garcia and Grisman recorded in the ’90s.
Becker returned during the Rambles’ second set for a mix of tunes too, including Traffic’s “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” “The Wheel,” The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Black Peter,” “Wharf Rat” and “Franklin’s Tower.” She also sat in on the show’s encore, a cover of Ike & Tina Turner’s “River Deep – Mountain High.” Keeping with the evening’s theme, Garcia actually recorded the song for the 1975 album Keith and Donna Godchaux.
Setlists for both shows can be found in our Box Scores. section. Lesh will return to Terrapin Crossroads for a freeform Telstar jam this evening.