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Published: 2012/11/23

Phil Lesh Talks Ryan Adams Covers, Country Music and Terrapin Crossroads

In the December issue of Relix, Phil Lesh discusses his new San Rafael, CA venue Terrapin Crossroads. Lesh outlines the club’s new redesigned Grate Room performance space, talks about jamming with his sons and also mentions that he hopes to learn to Salsa dance. Lesh also mentions that he plans to have more “album nights,” where the bassist covers another artist’s work in their entirety, and will likely tackle a Ryan Adams record.

He also mentions his recent interest in country music. “I’ve been listening to country music recently: Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and especially this band Little Big Town,” Lesh says. “A lot of people haven’t heard of them—they do a four-part vocal harmony and it’s astonishing. Both my sons and I are working on some of their songs with all the vocal harmonies, and it’s going to be a big thrill. All those artists are feeding music into our singing. I secretly hold hope that maybe one or two of those guys would come out and play with us some time in the future.”

During the interview, Lesh also says that Furthur will play both Terrapin Crossroads and Bob Weir’s TRI Studios in January. Click here to read an excerpt from Lesh’s interview.

Lesh will perform with his Family Band at Terrapin Crossroads this evening.


There are 6 comments associated with this post

monkeysanta November 23, 2012, 22:58:39

Phil: Really glad about your enthusiasm for Lady A and particularly Little Big Town. People have heard of them, and I agree that their 4-part harmonies are brilliant, but please, be aware that there are some mainstream country acts, that use Fleetwood Mac and Jackson Browne as references. Rock on. P.S. Please make your collaboration with Little Big Town available for me to buy ;-)

Phil November 24, 2012, 09:27:16

Monkeysanta, normally I wouldn’t respond but I just wanted to thank you for your warning. Now shut the fuck up.

tool November 24, 2012, 09:54:02

Phil, you are so BE-itchy!

carolinaphil November 24, 2012, 11:50:30

A open mind is a great thing…...welcome change

Wooker T. November 25, 2012, 17:29:01

It’s just awesome to see Phil living it up like he is these days. What more can you hope for your elders? I look forward to checking out Little Big Town. Now, lets make some room on the dance floor it’s salsa time!

influences December 13, 2012, 09:26:18

monkeysanta – It must be noted that Fleetwood Mac and Jackson Browne borrowed their harmonies from earlier artists such as the Carter Family or the Staple Singers….. of whom Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, and Keith Urban were also most likely to be influenced by. All of the performers that Mr. Lesh mentions in this interview have amazing talents!!! Can’t wait to see the jam sessions that will come of this….

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