Friday Mix Tape: The Return Of The Phil Lesh Quintet

It was 2001, and we were spending a lot of time at a place called “The Clubhouse” – it was my friend Dan Wolf’s long-abandoned poolhouse at his parents’ house – and we were in the summer after our freshman year of college. Phil Lesh was touring with what I considered at the time (and what I still think to be true), the best post-Jerry Garcia Grateful Dead related lineup of musicians. Warren Haynes, Rob Barraco, John Molo and of course – Jimmy Herring. We had three sets of CD’s in heavy rotation, 10-1-2000 from Memorial Auditorium in Burlington, Vermont; 10-6-2000 from The Orpheum in Boston and 10-27-2000 from the Las Vegas House of Blues. I don’t know how we picked those three – I’m sure we downloaded them off of GDLive because they were officially released free soundboards. It is with great excitement that I can say I am going to see that lineup once again tonight in San Rafael, Calif. As you may have read, this lineup played their first live show since 2003 last night.

For Friday Mix Tape, I have thrown together seven covers, and sometimes the ensuing ridiculous jams, from those three shows that I seem to know by heart. While I apologize for any abrupt transitions, (I recommend listening to these shows in their entirety for uninterrupted listening) the playlist goes…

Broken Arrow (Robbie Robertson) – 10/1/2000
Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues (Bob Dylan) – 10/1/2000
Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (Traffic) – 10/6/2000
Into The Mystic (Van Morrison) – 10/6/2000
She Said, She Said (The Beatles) – 10/6/2000
Dear Mr. Fantasy (Traffic) – 10/27/2000
Strawberry Fields Forever (The Beatles) – 10/27/2000

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