The Mother Hips Cover The Dead at Terrapin Crossroads
The Mother Hips headlined a two-night run at San Rafael, CA’s Terrapin Crossroads this past weekend. Though the venue’s proprietor Phil Lesh was on the road with Furthur, several guests sat in with the veteran Chico, CA group over the course of the weekend.
On Friday night, Terrapin regular Ross James—who is a member of the venue’s Terrapin Family Band—played pedal steel on “Later Days,” “Whiskey on a Southbound” and “All In Favor.” Then, on Saturday night, former Mother Hips keyboardist Danny Eisenberg—a member of the band from 1995-1997—performed with his onetime band throughout their entire show. Partway through the night, James returned to play pedal steel on “Freed From A Prison.” Finally, during their encore The Mother Hips brought out James one final time for “Two River Blues,” “The Other One” and “Tennessee Jed.” The latter song also featured Grahame Lesh on vocals and guitar.
For many years The Mother Hips shied away from their Grateful Dead association but the group has embraced the band’s legacy in recent years. Frontman Tim Bluhm has even performed with Phil Lesh and The Rhythm Devils.