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Published: 2013/01/07

Terrapin Family Band Covers The Dead, R. Kelly and More on New Year’s Day

The Terrapin Family Band covered The Grateful Dead, Johnny Cash, Old Crow Medicine Show, R. Kelly and more at their New Year’s Day brunch show at Terrapin Crossroads on January 2. The band, which features Grahame Lesh, Brian Lesh, Scott Padden and Ross James, began their set with Brian Lesh’s original tune “One Empty Rose,” followed by a rendition of Justin Townes Earle’s “Working for the MTA.” The group then covered Johnny Cash’s “Chattanooga Sugar Babe,” before being joined by Alex Koford for Ross James’ “Detroit Turnaround,” which segued into “Bertha,” with Phil Lesh taking a quick break from his breakfast to hop in on vocals. The elder Lesh also stuck around to sing on a version of “Long Black Veil” with his sons. Next, the band played renditions of Ma Rainer’s “CC Rider” and Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel,” before going into a hilarious take on R. Kelley’s “Ignition (Remix).” The Terrapin Family Band tackled Chuck Berry’s “30 Days” next before Phil came back out for “Cumberland Blues.” You can check out the full setlist for the Terrapin Crossroads New Year’s Day brunch show below.

Phil Lesh and Mark Karan will join the Terrapin Family Band at the Terrapin Crossroads Grate Room this Thursday and Friday.

Here’s a look at the Terrapin Family Band setlist via Philzone

Tuesday, January 1, 2013, Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA

One Empty Rose BL
Working For The MTA RJ
Ballad Of Casey Jones GL
Chatanooga Sugar Babe BL
Detroit Turnaround** RJ
Bertha* GL
Chinatown Shuffle RJ
Long Black Veil* BL/GL/PL
CC Rider BL
Will The Circle Be Unbroken RJ
Wagon Wheel** GL
Ignition SP
Big River BL/RJ
30 Days RJ
Cumberland Blues* GL/BL/PL
Mountain Town

(*)with Phil Lesh taking a quick break from his breakfast to hop on some vocals.
(**)with Alex Koford on harmony vocals.
Initials indicate who is on vocals


There are 14 comments associated with this post

j January 7, 2013, 13:48:26

Question: Is this any good? Jambands seems to have daily to wekkly coverage of this. Or is it “a band” that every town in the US has playing covers

geoff January 7, 2013, 15:08:39

its phil lesh’s two sons with his frequent sit ins. thats why the hype. duh

tellsemikeismellsem!!!! January 7, 2013, 15:23:01

Its actually not any good… what? is gonna really report every time phil plays fakeful dead music with his two kids that aren’t even close to shredders? the only time there is a halfway descent lineup at the crossroads, it costs a hundred and fifty bucks, which i kind of understand cuz its the only way they can keep fast eddy and his smacked-out gutter trash haight street hooligans out of that place… but really? 150 bucks? jerry is already tossing in his grave over the quality of most of this shit…. wonder what he’d say about the cost…. (not to mention that dark star orchestra side project that is Furthur) about time to rekindle your relations with Kimock and hornsby if you rare gonna keep doing this, Phil….. (figure out a way to shake bobby off too, cuz he’s clearly a mess and you shred)

Jay January 7, 2013, 15:53:39

Why is this news? The Jamband community would be better served with news about actual working, touring, original music writing Jambands instead of nearly constant updates from Phil and Sons.

Elisa Brooks January 7, 2013, 17:16:43

I am sorry! This is not a lot of hype! The first time I saw these guys—I was amazed. Amazed. Phil Lesh is not giving them airtime because they are his kids. Trust me—these guys are accomplished musicians. And Ross James is also unbelievable. You have to go see them. Awesome!

norma stitz January 7, 2013, 19:29:26

tellsemikeismellsem!!!!- I think Jerry would appreciate the need/opportunity to make $$$$ . Oh and lol.

jonnyg1918 January 7, 2013, 21:25:40

wagon wheels a dylan song.

j January 7, 2013, 21:46:49

@Elisa, that is the report I was looking for. Thanks…To everyone else and especially Geoff, your attitude, cynicism is what feeds the site and holds it back from having consistent fan interaction/information. When it does it is great.

Ultimatelywhogivesafuck January 7, 2013, 21:52:00

I mean really..over and over and over help slip frank over and over and over cover cover cover over and over and over old ass songs old ass songs boring over and over and over…where are the cool NEW ORIGINALS?? where is the new future R Hunter?? With everything weve learned and heard and experienced and examined and all we know in this great seems more and more people want to go back,relive the past,stay in the comfort zone..wheres the adventure? Can YOu PaSs The CoVer BAnd TEST?? but alas..Ultimately who gives a fuck

Fast Eddy January 8, 2013, 00:01:52

Hippy New Year to all u young bucks out there,any body got $150 ?

Fast Eddy January 8, 2013, 00:02:52

Hippy New Year to all u young bucks out there,any body got $150 ?

Ron January 8, 2013, 08:48:53

Pretty cool that they played r Kelley. It’s the freekin weekend baby I’m about to have me some fun! Words to live by.

arzjr January 8, 2013, 08:53:48

Also Chattanooga Sugar Babe is written by Norman Blake.

JL January 8, 2013, 23:31:52

They are a gigging and upcoming group. A friend plays in the group and they are legit. They jam, therefore they are a jam band. Watch the phish website or Umphrey’s site if you need to hear about an already well established touring group. Seems like theres an abundance of know it all fanatics on this thread.

MaryStarr April 11, 2013, 16:28:58

They are OK. They have potential, and seeing them play is charming and endearing like seeing your friends kids do something well. They do, however, have a ways to go and could use some improvisation practice. They’d do we’ll to lay off the setlists and try for more segues, play less stodgy 70’s covers and try some alt-rock or even grunge tunes which would be more surprising and cool, and they definitely need to stop letting their family friend Emily Sunderland sing- she is not a good singer or a good performer and she has zero charisma. But Ross is great- he will go far, and Brian Lesh is a promising songwriter and seems to be truly making a go of having his own career in music, and working hard for it. If they keep at it they will be good.

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