- Phil Lesh and Friends
Infobox musical artist
Name = Phil Lesh and Friends
Background = group_or_band
Origin = San Francisco, CA
psychedelic rock, rock, folk rock, jam
Years_active = 1994 - present
URL = http://www.phillesh.net
Phil LeshSteve Molitz Jackie GreeneLarry Campbell John Molo Teresa Williams
Warren Haynes Ryan AdamsChris Robinson Jimmy Herring Rob Barraco John Scofield Trey Anastasio Page McConnellJeff MattsonMookie SiegelJeff Sipe Steve Kimock Jeff ChimentiMichael Kang Bill Nershi Kyle HollingsworthJeff Pevar Robben Ford Paul Barrere Bill Payne Al Schnier Jerry Garcia Bob Weir Vince Welnick Jorma Kaukonen Derek Trucks Joan Osborne Barry Sless
Phil Lesh and Friends is an American rock band formed and led by
Phil Lesh, bassist of the Grateful Dead.
Phil & Friends is not a traditional group in that several different lineups of musicians have played under the name, including groups featuring members of
Phish, Little Feat, and the Zen Tricksters.
The Phil & Friends concept takes the music of the Grateful Dead (and an ever-increasing number of other influences, including
Bob Dylan, Traffic, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Warren Haynes' Gov't Mule, the Allman Brothers, etc) and explores and interprets it in new ways. Through the period known as the Quintet years (see below), a Phil & Friends show was often focused on harder, faster rock than that which the Grateful Dead played, thanks in large part to Haynes' and Herring's talents at the Southern rockstyle. Lesh was fond of calling it " Dixieland-style rock." However, all of the incarnations of Phil & Friends have followed a trend of "updating" the Grateful Dead's massive body of work, and all have been extremely adept at the long, exploratory jams that were a trademark of the Dead. Phil & Friends has been acclaimed for giving new life to the Grateful Dead's material, bringing in new styles and innovations, while at the same time remaining loyal to the original music and the original fans. It is this melding of musical influences that has given them extremely wide appeal not only among old Deadheads, but the modern-day fans of other jam bands as well.
Phil & Friends has continued the Grateful Dead's tradition of allowing fans to record concerts, and trade these recordings freely. The Internet has been an invaluable source for these tapers to disseminate this music through various sources, including Archive.org, and the vast BitTorrent file-sharing network. Phil has also embraced the Internet by providing free soundboard recordings of many concerts through his website, even providing high-resolution CD covers for fans to print. For his Summer 2006 tour, Phil partnered with Instant Live, a company that was able to provide soundboard CDs of a concert immediately upon its finishing, as well as make these recordings available for fans to download online, though this service was not free.
The Phil Lesh Quintet
The most permanent of the Phil Lesh and Friends lineups, known as the Phil Lesh Quintet (PLQ or just "the Q" for short) played on a mostly-regular basis from September of 2000 through December 2003. The members of this incarnation were Lesh,
Warren Haynes(guitar & vocals; also of Gov't Muleand Allman Brothers Band), Jimmy Herring(guitar; The Dead, Allman Brothers Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit, and most recently Widespread Panic), Rob Barraco(keyboards; the Zen Tricksters, Dark Star Orchestra) and John Molo(drums; Bruce Hornsby and the Range, The Other Ones, Modereko, Keller Williams, David Nelson Band, Jemimah Puddleduck, and John Fogerty). This unit released an album, "There and Back Again", on Columbia Recordsin 2002. It included several new songs from Lesh and Robert Hunter, longtime Grateful Dead lyricist, as well as one recent favorite from Jerry Garciaand Hunter, and several original contributions from Haynes, Barraco/Mattson and Herring.
2007 – 2008
The latest formation of Phil & Friends, including Lesh, Larry Campbell (guitar, mandolin, fiddle),
Jackie Greene(vocals and guitar), Steve Molitz (keyboards), and John Molo(drums), debuted in September 2007 in Santa Barbara, California.
On February 4, 2008, Phil and Friends joined Grateful Dead guitarist
Bob Weirand drummer Mickey Hart, along with Barry Slessand Ratdogguitarist Mark Karan, for a concert called " Deadheads for Obama", in support of Barack Obama's presidential campaign. The show was the first time that Weir, Hart, and Lesh had played together since 2004. Even more recently, the band performed the final shows at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco, California. Bob Weir sat in for a run of five nights that included sets of the Grateful Dead's first few albums.
In June and July, 2008, Phil Lesh and Friends will be performing a concert tour of the eastern United States. [ [http://www.phillesh.net/philzonepages/friends_stuff/calendar.html#summer "Summer Jamboree '08", phillesh.net] ]
Love Will See You Through" (1999)
* "There and Back Again" (2002)
Live at the Warfield" (2006)
* [http://www.phillesh.net PhilLesh.net — Phil Lesh's official website]
* [http://www.philzone.com PhilZone.com — fan website]
* [http://www.archive.org Archive.org]
* [http://www.gdradio.net GDRadio.net]
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