Phil Lesh Welcomes Jonathan Wilson, Tomo, Chris Robinson’s Brotherhood and More
Phil Lesh played another free show a his San Rafael, CA Terrapin Crossroads bar space last night. The bassist’s band included Ross James (guitar), Ryan Adams & the Cardinals’ Jon Graboff (pedal steel) and Ollabelle’s Tony Leone (mandolin). The group ran through three songs, “Ramble on Rose,” New Riders of the Purple Sage’s “Glendale Train” and Bob Dylan’s “Going Going Gone,” and then, they brought out God Street Wine drummer Tom “Tomo” Osander for a take on “Alabama Getaway.” Tomo remained onstage for the rest of Lesh’s set, including Lovin’ Spoonful’s “My Darling Be Home Soon,” Charlie Monroe’s “Rosalie McFall,” “Beat It On Down The Line,” “Big Railroad Blues,” “Deal,” “Box of Rain” and “Bertha.” The drummer is in the Bay Area for God Street Wine performances Mill Valley, CA’s Sweetwater on Friday and Saturday as well as a broadcast at Bob Weir’s TRI Studios on Thursday.
Lesh also played a surprise show at Terrapin Crossroads’ bar space late Friday night. After making a cameo at Weir’s TRI tribute to Jerry Garcia and playing with Yonder Mountain String Band at Terrapin Crossroads, Lesh invited many of Weir’s TRI performers to Terrapin Crossroads for a late night jam session. First, Lesh, Graboff and Furthur keyboardist Jeff Chimenti offered a short improvisational segment, Then, Lesh regrouped with LA guitarist Jonathan Wilson, Norah Jones guitarist Jason Roberts, Ryan Adams & the Cardinals/Chris Robinson Brotherhood guitarist Neal Casal and Black Crowes/Chris Robinson Brotherhood keyboardist MacDougall for a second segment of music. Their setlist included Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” “The Cuckoo Bird” and “Birdsong.” Wilson actually has ties to both Robinson’s Brotherhood and Lesh: MacDougall met Robinson during one of his weekly jam session and Wilson produced a set of unreleased songs featuring Lesh and Robinson.