Thursday, May 18, 2017

TnJ 641 (5/18/17)


TAJ MAHAL – Tou Ain’t No Streetwalker, Honey But I Do Love the Way You Strut Your Stuff  (2012 the Hidden Treasures of Taj Mahal 1969-1973, ca. Jan 1971, Bearsville Studios, Woodstock, NY)
SELWYN BIRCHWOOD – Police State  (2017 Pick Your Poison)
TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND – Right on Time  (2017 Live from the Fox Oakland, 9/9/16)
WIDESPREAD PANIC w/ the McCRARY SISTERS – With a Little Help from My Friends  (12/31/16 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN)
LEFTOVER SALMON – Highway Song  (8/4/16 Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ)


YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND – Bad Taste  (2017 Love. Ain’t Love)
GRATEFUL DEAD – They Love Each Other  (2017 Cornell 5/8/77, Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY)
the NATIONAL – the System Only Dreams in Total Darkness  (2017 Sleep Well Beast)
duende libre – Sevilla  (2017 duende libre)
BROTHER ALI – Own Light [What Hearts Are For]  (2017 All the Beauty in This Whole Life)
FLOBOTS – American Dreams  (2017 No Enemies)
FLEET FOXES – Third of May / Ōdaigahara  (2017 Crack-Up)
PHISH – Strange Design  (2005 New Year’s Eve 1995 – Live at Madison Square Garden, 12/31/95 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY)
PHISH – Cars Trucks Buses  (2013 Ventura [box set], 7/30/97 Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura, CA)

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

TnJ 640 (5/11/17)


GRATEFUL DEAD – Estimated Prophet  (2017 Cornell 5/8/77, Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY)
GRATEFUL DEAD – One More Saturday Night  (2017 Cornell 5/8/77, Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY)
CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD – Get Out of My Life Woman  (2017 Betty’s Blends Vol. 3, Self-Rising, Southern Blends)
ORGŌNE – Sophisticated Honky  (2007 the Killion Floor)
BLACK ANGELS – Life Song  (2017 Death Song)
FATHER JOHN MISTY – Pure Comedy  (2017 Pure Comedy)


PHISH – Reba > Sparkle  (2017 St. Louis ’93 [box set], 4/14/93 American Theater, St. Louis, MO)
TROMBONE SHORTY – Here Come the Girls  (2017 Parking Lot Symphony)
FLOW TRIBE – Turning Table  (2017 Boss)
TAUK – Realize  (2017 digital single, from the Sir Nebula session)
JAKE la BOTZ – Sunnyside  (2017 Sunnyside)
CHRIS STAPLETON – Them Stems  (2017 From A Room, Volume 1)
RON POPE – Let’s Get Stoned  (2017 Work)
GOV’T MULE – Sarah, Surrender  (2017 Revolution Come, Revolution Go)

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017


Tune in, turn on, and jam out this Thursday night.  Hear part of what many call the best Dead show of all time, and also get chances to win your very own official release of the legendary Cornell '77 show to take home (^_^) TOAST

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

TnJ 639 (5/4/17)

R.I.P. Col. Bruce Hampton, who passed into the great unknown last Monday, after shredding it with friends onstage on his 70th birthday.  Gonna miss his sense of humor.


GRATEFUL DEAD – China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider  (2016 Dave’s Picks, Vol. 21, 4/2/73 Boston Garden, Boston, MA)
ANDERS OSBORNE – Had My Reasons  (1999 Living Room)
COL. BRUCE HAMPTON & the AQUARIUM RESCUE UNIT – Planet Earth  (1992 Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit)
JAMES BROWN – Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag pts. 1, 2 & 3  (1991 Star Time [box set], previously unreleased complete take, ca. 1965)
NAUGHTY PROFESSOR w/ JASON BUTLER – Do You Like Dragons  (2017 Identity)
the GROOVALOTTOS – Ask Yo’ Mama [I’m a Groovalotto]  (2017 Ask Yo’ Mama)
REV. SEKOU w/ LUTHER & CODY DICKINSON – In Times Like These  (2017 In Times Like These)


NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS – You Got to Move  (2017 Prayer for Peace)
BACKUP PLANET – Reactions  (2017 Reactions)
DOPAPOD – Trapper Keeper > Mudwalkin’ > Trapper Keeper  (2017 II Saw Live Dopapod Evil Was II)
TWIDDLE – New Sun  (2017 Plump Chapter Two)
TAJ MAHAL & KEB’ MO’ – All Around the World  (2017 TajMo)
JOHN STICKLEY TRIO – Playpeople  (2017 Maybe Believe)
DANGERMUFFIN – Ode to My Heritage  (2017 Heritage)
OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW – Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands  (2017 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde, ca. May 2016, the CMA Theater, Nashville, TN

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

TnJ 638 (4/20/17)

Special session: the first-ever "chronic-ology," tracing the history of reefer songs...


STUFF SMITH and his ONYX CLUB BOYS – You’se a Viper  (1936 78RPM single B-side)
RAY CHARLES – Let’s Go Get Stoned  (1966 Crying Time)
BOB DYLAN – Rainy Day Women #12 &35  (1966 Blonde on Blonde)
BEATLES – Magical Mystery Tour  (1967 Magical Mystery Tour)
STEPPENWOLF – Don’t Step On the Grass, Sam  (1968 the Second)
BREWER & SHIPLEY – One Toke Over the Line  (1970 Tarkio)
BLACK SABBATH – Sweet Leaf  (1971 Master of Reality)
STEVE MILLER BAND – the Joker  (1973 the Joker)
PETER TOSH – Legalize It  (1975 Legalize It)
BOB MARLEY & the WAILERS – Kaya  (1978 Kaya)
BLACK UHURU – Sensemilla  (1980 Sinsemilla)
MIGHTY DIAMONDS – Pass the Kouchie  (1982 Changes)


the TOYES – Smoke Two Joints  (1983 the Toyes)
TONE LŌC – Cheeba Cheeba  (1989 Lōc-ed After Dark)
CYPRESS HILL – Hits from the Bong  (1993 Black Sunday)
TOM PETTY & the HEARTBREAKERS – Mary Jane’s last Dance  (1993 Greatest Hits)
TOM PETTY – You Don’t Know How It Feels  (1994 Wildflowers)
SNOOP DOGGY DOGG – Gin and Juice  (1993 Doggystyle)
BEN HARPER – Burn One Down  (1995 Fight for Your Mind)
SPEARHEAD – Ganja Babe  (1997 Chocolate Supa Highway)
AFROMAN – Because I Got High  (2001 Because I Got High)
TWO MAN GENTLEMEN BAND – Me, I Get High on Reefer  (2010 !Dos Amigos, Una Fiesta!)
WILLIE NELSON & MERLE HAGGARD w/ JAMEY JOHSNON – It’s All Going to Pot  (2015 Django & Jimmie)

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

TnJ 637 (4/13/17)


PHISH – Stash > Kung > Stash > Kung > the Horse > Silent in the Morning  (2017 St. Louis ’93 [box set], 4/14/93 American Theater, St. Louis, MO)
KING GIZZARD and the LIZARD WIZARD – Sleep Drifter  (2017 Flying Microtonal Banana)
MAGIC BEANS – As You Like It  (2016 digital single)
ANDERS OSBORNE – Black Eye Galaxy  (2012 Black Eye Galaxy)


HAUNTED WINDCHIMES – Banjo and the Bottle  (2016 Rattle Your Bones)
WOOD BROTHERS – Wastin’ My Mind  (2017 Live at the Barn, 8/19/16 Woodstock, NY)
DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS – a World of Hurt  (2015 It’s Great to be Alive!, ca. 2014 the Fillmore, San Francisco, CA)
ROBERT RANDOLPH & the FAMILY BAND – Shake It  (2017 Got Soul)
BOB MARLEY & the WAILERS – Ride Natty Ride  (2016 the Legend Live – Santa Barbara County Bowl 11/25/79)
STRING CHEESE INCIDENT – Beautiful  (2017 Believe)
BLACK ANGELS – Currency  (2017 Death Song)
BIG SOMETHING – UFOs Are Real  (2017 Tumbleweed)

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Next week, the show actually falls on 4/20, so I'll be rolling a special theme (^_^)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

TnJ 636 (4/6/17)

8/25/16 Red Rocks photo by Gerald Bivens
Massive Warren Haynes 57th birthday tribute, with help from guest toast John Barraco…


GOV’T MULE w/ STEVE KIMOCK [as GRATEFUL MULE] – Tennessee Jed  (12/31/15 Beacon Theatre, New York, NY)
GOV’T MULE w/ LARRY CAMPBELL [as THE MULE] – Up On Cripple Creek  (12/31/15 Beacon Theatre, New York, NY)
GOV’T MULE [as THE ALLMULE BROTHERS] – Mountain Jam  (12/31/15 Beacon Theatre, New York, NY)


PHIL LESH & FRIENDS – Lay of the Sunflower  (7/7/01 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO)
WARREN HAYNES – New Year’s Eve  (8/31/02 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO)
WARREN HAYNES – I’ll Be the One  (2003 the Lone EP, 6/26/97 Atomic Studios, Clinton, NJ)
PHIL LESH & FRIENDS – Wish You Were Here  (3/27/12 the Grate Room, San Rafael, CA)
WARREN HAYNES & FRIENDS – Little Wing  (2/5/93 the Ritz, New York, NY)
PHIL LESH & FRIENDS – Just a Little Light  (7/3/00 Mesa del Sol, Albuquerque, NM)
PHIL LESH & FRIENDS – Fire on the Mountain  (6/3/07 Mountain Jam, Hunter Mountain, NY)

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

TnJ 635 (3/30/17)


TIM O’BRIEN – Where the River Meets the Road  (2017 Where the River Meets the Road)
DEAD MAN WINTER – Am I Breaking Down  (2017 Furnace)
SATSANG w/ WOOKIEFOOT – Speak Up  (2017 Pyramid[s])
PHO – Responsibility  (2017 two)
moe. – the Bones of Lazarus  (8/25/16 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO)
PINK FLOYD – Echoes  (2016 the Early Years 1972 Obfusc/ation, Roman Amphitheatre, Pompeii, Italy)


HARD WORKING AMERICANS – Roman Candles  (2016 Rest in Chaos)
EMMYLOU HARRIS – Boulder to Birmingham  (2016 the Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris)
ERIC CLAPTON – Have You Ever Loved a Woman  (2016 Crossroads Revisited, ca. Jun 2004, the Cotton Bowl, Dallas, TX)
JERRY GARCIA BAND w/ BÉLA FLECK – the Harder They Come  (2013 Garcia Live Volume Two, 8/5/90 Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA)
DAWES – Coming Back to a Man  (2017 We’re All Gonna Live)
STRING CHEESE INCIDENT – Flying  (2017 Believe)
STRING CHEESE INCIDENT w/ BONNIE PAYNE – My One and Only  (2017 Believe)

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

TnJ 634 (3/23/17)

Tonight’s session starts with a bon voyage 3-fer for the late, great Chuck Berry (who passed 3/18/17 at age 90), courtesy of the Grateful Dead…
GRATEFUL DEAD – Around and Around (2016 Dave’s Picks, Vol. 21, 4/2/73 Boston Garden, Boston, MA)
GRATEFUL DEAD – Promised Land  (2016 Red Rocks 7/8/78)
GRATEFUL DEAD – Johnny B. Goode  (2003 the Closing of Winterland, 12/31/78 Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA)
TWIDDLE – Doinkinbonk  (6/3/16 Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO)
LETTUCE – Elephant Walk  (2016 Mt. Crushmore EP)
BIG SOMETHING – Song for Us  (2017 Tumbleweed)


JOCELYN & CHRIS ARNDT – Two Left Feet  (2017 30,000 Miles [live])
AQUEOUS – Strange Times  (2/13/17 Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO)
TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND – Keep on Growing  (2017 Live from the Fox Oakland, 9/9/16)
DEAD MAN WINTER – Cardinal  (2017 Furnace)
DAVID GRISMAN SEXTET – Waltz for Gigi  (2016 the David Grisman Sextet)
STRING CHEESE INCIDENT – Chili Dawg  (3/3/17 Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO)
INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS – EMD  (1/15/15 Maugh Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe, PA)

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Join us for an afternoon jam in ABQ at Kellys Brew Pub on Central (^_^)

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Yes, the tickets have already gone on sale, but now we know who's playing this year (^_^)

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Saturday, March 18, 2017


Finally!  I was starting to wonder, but Widespread Panic has announced this year's Red Rocks run.  Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, March 24th @ 10am MDT.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

TnJ 633 (3/16/17)


PHISH – Light  (7/24/15 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA)
DAWES – One of Us  (2016 We’re All Gonna Die)
PAPADOSIO – Out of Hiding  (2015 Extras in a Movie)
PIGEONS PLAYING PING PONG – Horizon  (5/19/16 Domefest, Fort Royale Farm, Bedford, PA)
FRUITION – Little Song  (12/31/16 Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR)
TIM O’BRIEN – Moses  (2005 Cornbread Nation)


GRATEFUL DEAD – That’s It for the Other One  (10/13/68 Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, released as part of the web series “30 Days of Dead” @ 2016)
MUNGION – Schvingo  (2016 Scary Blankets)
TULA – Walk Away  (2017 soundcloud series “Saturday Morning Car Tunes 1)
PROTOJE – Blood Money  (2017 digital single)
BOB MARLEY & the WAILERS – Jamming  (2016 the Legend Live – Santa Barbara County Bowl 11/25/79)

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The lineup looks great!  Can't wait for June.  Look here for info and tickets (^_^)

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

TnJ 632 (3/9/17)


TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND – Crying Over You  (2017 Live from the Fox Oakland, 9/9/16)
LEON BRIDGES – River  (2015 Coming Home)
CHANCE the RAPPER w/ TY DOLLA SIGN – Blessings  (2016 Coloring Book)
TURKUAZ – Bubba Slide  (2014 Future 86)
TURKUAZ – Zynth  (2015 Digitonium)
PIMPS of JOYTIME – This Funk [Give Me a Hand]  (2017 Third Wall Chronicles)
BONOBO w/ NICK MURPHY aka CHET FAKER – No Reason  (2017 Migration)
DAVID GILMOUR w/ the POLISH BALTIC PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA – Where We Start  (2008 Live in Gdańsk, 8/26/06 Gdańsk Shipyard)


PEARL JAM – Black  (5/10/00 Mt. Baker Theatre, Bellingham, WA)
ROBIN TROWER – In This Place  (2007 Bridge of Sighs [remaster], 5/3/74 BBC Radio 1’s “John Peel Sessions”)
the MAVERICKS – Brand New Day  (2017 Brand New Day)
RYAN ADAMS – Anything I Say to You Now  (2017 Prisoner)
BOB WEIR – Ghost Towns  (2016 Blue Mountain)
BRETT WILSON – Sugaree  (2016 Get Ready! Live in Columbus)
JOHN PRINE w/ AMANDA SHIRES – Dim Lights, Thick Smoke  (2016 for Better, or Worse)
REVEREND PEYTON’S BIG DAMN BAND – We Deserve a Happy Ending  (2017 Front Porch Sessions)
ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND – Jessica  (4/11/14 Wanee Festival, Live Oak, FL)

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

TnJ 631 (3/2/17)


GRATEFUL DEAD – Playing in the Band  (2016 Dave’s Picks, Vol. 21, 4/2/73 Boston Garden, Boston, MA)
FLAMING LIPS – How??  (2017 Oczy Mlody)
KING GIZZARD & the LIZARD WIZARD – Rattlesnake  (2017 Flying Microtonal Banana)
the WHO – the Seeker  (1970 single)
LOU REED – Intro > Sweet Jane  (1974 Rock n Roll Animal)
WIDESPREAD PANIC – Chilly Water  (12/31/16 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN)


TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE w/ IVAN NEVILLE – Ain’t No Use  (5/1/16 Jazz Fest, New Orleans, LA)
MAVIS STAPLES – Lay My Burden Down  (2016 the Musical Mojo of Dr. John – Celebrating Mac and his Music, 5/3/14 Saenger Theatre, New Orleans, LA)
HURRICANE RUTH – Far from the Cradle  (2017 Ain’t Ready for the Grave)
JJ GREY & MOFRO – King Hummingbird  (2010 Georgia Warhorse)
CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD – Rock and Roll  (2/14/17 Taos Mesa Brewing, El Prado, NM)
CCM JAZZ ORCHESTRA featuring FAREED HAQUE – the Shadow  (2016 In Search of Garaj Mahal, ca. Apr 2014 College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, OH)
JERRY GARCIA BAND – Reuben and Cherise  (2017 Garcia Live Volume Eight, 11/23/91 Bradley Center, Milwaukie, WI)

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Monday, February 27, 2017

TnJ 630 (2/23/17)

It’s another 3-fer madness special session: 3 times the fun, 3 times the jam…


THE MOTET – Life (8/1/01 Horning’s Hideout, North Plains, OR)
THE MOTET – Soup  (8/15/03 Berkshire Mountain Music Festival, Great Barrington, MA)
THE MOTET – Rippin’ Herb  (2016 Totem)

NEIL YOUNG – Doghouse  (2015 Bluenote Café, 8/30/88 Pier 84, New York, NY)
NEIL YOUNG – Don’t Let It Bring You Down  (12/11/89 Élysée Montmarte, Paris, France)
NEIL YOUNG + PROMISE of the REAL – Alabama  (9/19/15 Farm Aid 30, FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, Chicago, IL)

UMPHREY’S McGEE – Strangletage  (2016 Zonkey)
UMPHREY’S McGEE – a Call to Arms  (12/31/16 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL)


UMPHREY’S McGEE – Join Together  (7/3/16 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO)

EMANCIPATOR – Eve II [ODESZA remix]  (2015 single)
ODESZA – Above the Middle  (2012 Summer’s Gone)
ODESZA – Kusanagi  (2014 In Return)

STEVE KIMOCK’S CRAZY ENGINE – Mother’s Song  (2009 promotional e-release)
STEVE KIMOCK BAND – a New Africa  (12/8/02 Bay Hall, Yokohama, Japan)
STEVE KIMOCK BAND – Arf She Cried  (10/28/01 Tipitina’s Uptown, New Orleans, LA)

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

TnJ 629 (2/16/17)


MARCUS KING BAND w/ WARREN HAYNES – Virginia  (2016 the Marcus King Band)
JJ GREY & MOFRO – Dirtfloorcracker  (2011 Brighter Days CD/DVD, 1/22/11 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA)
BAND of HEATHENS – Trouble Came Early  (2017 Duende)
PHISH – No Men in No Man’s Land  (9/2/16 Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO)
HIPPO CAMPUS – Poems  (2017 Landmark)
HOLY SUNS – Behind Glass  (2016 In the Garden)
CORBU – Branches  (2016 Crayon Soul)


LOTUS – White Light Fadeaway  (2016 Eat the Light)
IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE – the Chant [Iquo Isang]  (2017 Uyai)
THE HOLDUP – Dumb Luck  (2016 Leaves in the Pool)
BOB MARLEY & the WAILERS – Get Up, Stand Up  (2016 the Legend Live – Santa Barbara County Bowl 11/25/79)
JERRY GARCIA and MERL SAUNDERS – Merl’s Tune > Lion’s Share Jam  (2016 Garcia Live Volume 6, 7/5/13 the Lion’s Share, San Anselmo, CA)

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

TnJ 628 (2/9/17)

Calling all heads!  Chris Robinson Brotherhood play live at Taos Mesa Brewing on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017.  Sure to be great.  Click on the link to hear the interview...


SON VOLT – Cherokee St  (2017 Notes of Blue)
GREAT AMERICAN TAXI – Sunshiny Day  (2017 Dr. Feel Good’s Traveling Medicine Show)
JIM JAMES – We Ain’t Getting Any Younger Pt. 1 & 2  (2016 Eternally Even)
Interview > CHRIS ROBINSON (recorded 2/9/17 at KBAC-FM, Santa Fe, NM)


CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD – Poor Elijah  (6/16/16 New Daisy Theatre, Memphis, TN)
GRATEFUL DEAD – Viola Lee Blues  (2017 the Grateful Dead – 50th Anniversary [deluxe edition], 7/29/66 P.N.E. Garden Auditorium, Vancouver, BC, CAN)
SAM BUSH – Where’s My Love  (2016 Storyman)
KY BURT – Gloria May  (2016 the Moon & the Sea)
SATIN COWBOY & the SEVEN DEADLY SINS – Not Afraid of the Knife  (2016 Love & Loss EP)
SANTANA – Samba Pa Ti  (2016 Live at the House of Blues, Las Vegas, 3/21/16)
SISTER SPARROW & the DIRTY BIRDS – Dr. Feelgood  (2016 Fowl Play, 12/31/15 the Warehouse, Fairfield, CT)

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

TnJ 627 (2/2/17)


TOM PETTY & the HEARTBREAKERS – a Woman in Love  (2016 Kiss My Amps LIVE Vol. 2, 6/16/13 Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN)
JASON ISBELL and the 400 UNIT – Outfit  (2012 Live from Alabama)
DEL McCOURY BAND – Get Down on Your Knees and Pray  (2/21/01 Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO)
KELLER WILLIAMS’ KWAHTRO – In the Middle  (2017 Sync)
KYLE HOLLINGSWORTH w/ DOMINIC LALLI – Peregrino  (2014 Speed of Life)
STRING CHEESE INCIDENT – Colliding  (12/31/12 1stBank Center, Broom field, CO)
GOAT – Temple Rhythms  (2016 Requiem)


GRATEFUL DEAD – One Kind Favor  (2017 the Grateful Dead – 50th Anniversary [deluxe edition], 7/30/66 P.N.E. Garden Auditorium, Vancouver, BC, CAN)
UMPHREY’S McGEE w/ JOSHUA REDMAN – Der Bluten Kat > Final Word > Der Bluten Kat  (1/26/17 College Street Music Hall, New Haven, CT)
KUNG FU – Chin Music  (2016 Joyride)
NEW MASTERSOUNDS – the Minx  (2016 the Nashville Sessions)
JOHN “PAPA” GROS – House of Love  (2016 River’s on Fire)

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Come down and see us!  We're really jammy!  No cover!

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

TnJ BEST of 2016


16) TAUK – Sir Nebula

This ironically-named instrumental combo from Oyster Bay, NY, continues to impress with their third studio album.  Since releasing their incredible double-live set “Headroom,” their studio sound seems fuller and more in line with their live sound:  buzzy and fuzzy, hippy and trippy.

HIGH POINTS: Program Select, Where You Are, Sunshine Harry

15) CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD – Any Way You Love, We Know How You Feel

Unwieldy album title aside, this is another fine entry into CRB’s catalog.  Their studio output is prolific, and nearly all of it worth a listen.  Hippie rock is their forte, and they seem content to reside near the top of that heap.  Recent personnel changes haven’t diminished their ability to play extremely well together.

HIGH POINTS: Ain’t It Hard but Fair, Leave My Guitar Alone, Narcissus Soaking Wet

14) MARCUS KING BAND – The Marcus King Band

The way I heard it, Warren Haynes “discovered” this young talent.  Marcus King could definitely find less valuable mentorship in the jamband world, but he’s already so fully-formed as a guitar wiz and bandleader at age twenty, I can only predict that great things surely lie ahead for the Marcus King Band.  A sparse two-man horn section fills out the sound nicely.

HIGH POINTS:  Plant Your Corn Early, Self-Hatred, the Man You Didn’t Know

13) SAM BUSH – Storyman

It’s been 7 years since the last release from Newgrass legend Sam Bush.  Whether that was deliberate on his part, or whether he’s too busy tearing it up on tour, or whether nobody’s in a hurry to release full-length albums these days, “Storyman” was worth the wait.  At age 64, his considerable songwriting and playing abilities do not seem to be waning in the least.

HIGH POINTS:  I Just Wanna Feel Something, Everything Is Possible, Where’s My Love

12) YEASAYER – Amen & Goodbye

This Brooklyn outfit seems intent on conjuring up bizarre soundscapes to back up their unusual harmonies.  Rarely does a band so roundly eschew traditional songwriting esthetics to such glorious result.  Whether their intention is to actually blow minds or to proudly represent the “hipster-kook” contingent, I can’t say.  Neither can I argue with an album this wonderfully strange.

HIGH POINTS:  Daughters of Cain, I Am Chemistry, Gerson’s Whistle

11) BOB WEIR – Blue Mountain

My hat’s off to Bob Weir for recognizing that folkie Josh Ritter and The National’s Josh Kaufman would be good songwriting partners for an album of “cowboy songs.”  This collection has a cohesive, old-timey vibe which suits Bobby’s aging voice.  Not even slightly “far out” in the way you might expect from a member of the Grateful Dead, but does echo back to the “earthy” Weir/Barlow collaborations.

HIGH POINTS:  Lay My Lily Down, Ki-Yi Bossie, Gonesville

10) AVETT BROTHERS – True Sadness

Take an ace family vocal duo, add an impressive band and an incomparable producer, and you could argue you’re bound to succeed. Succeed the Avett Brothers have, both live and in the studio, building a joyfully loyal grassroots fan base, then pumping it up to enormous proportions.  More often than not, their brand of twisted wit and melancholy comes off as more buoyant and bubbly than depressing, which may be their Golden Goose.

HIGH POINTS:  True Sadness, Satan Pulls the Strings, Victims of Life, Smithsonian

09) MARCO BENEVENTO – the Story of Fred Short

Somehow, Benevento is able to make the plinky, toy piano sound majestic.  His skills as a composer and conductor have metastasized into a giant, hairy beast whose chest heaves and unleashes fierce fronts of tropical wind which threaten to capsize our brains and devastate our ears.  With “The Story of Fred Short,” he’s finally concocted an operatic narrative large enough to contain his carnivalesque musings.  Fred Short is a fitting avatar for Benevento, coaxing frenzy from the mundane.

HIGH POINTS:  Follow the Arrow, Heavy Metal Floating Upstream, Live a Certain Life, Stay in Line

08) DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS – American Band

One might have worried the Drive-By Truckers would have wobbled in the absence of Jason Isbell, but they certainly don’t seem to be concerned.  In fact, they’ve stepped their game up considerably.  They’ve traded their grittily charming D-I-Y aesthetic for an ambitious, universal Americana sound which manages to hit all the right notes, and loudly.  For better or worse, this is their “Joshua Tree.”  They had something to prove, and that something was likely along the lines of, “Jason Isbell who?”

HIGH POINTS:  Ramon Casiano, Once They Banned Imagine, Surrender Under Protest, Ever South

07) BLACKBERRY SMOKE – Like an Arrow

Taking the southern rock thing and (to borrow a shopworn gag from “This Is Spinal Tap”) turning it up to eleven, this band seems poised to inherit the crown of the kingdom, by force if necessary.  Their songwriting has always been exemplary, but their musical muscle is now flexing off the chart.  If a band could literally set the world on fire by simply choosing the right incendiary sequence and layering of noises, my money would be on Blackberry Smoke.  I think “like an arrow” is an understatement; I’ll go with “like a cannon.”

HIGH POINTS:  Like an Arrow, Sunrise in Texas, Waiting for the Thunder, Running Through Time

06) RECORD COMPANY – Give It Back to You

I caught their act at an after-hours festival gig a couple of years ago, and the promise implied on that night has borne fruit with the most impressive bare-bones blues-rock album I’ve heard in a while.  If you’re the sort of Rolling Stones fan who believes “Exile” is their high-water mark, this is your kind of band.  Granted, the Record Company’s kind of gutter trash has more of a neon sheen to it, being from Los Angeles rather than London, but they’ve got the swagger and the attitude right.  I’d pay good money to see them on a bill with JJ Grey and Mofro sometime.

HIGH POINTS:  Off the Ground, On the Move, This Crooked City, Rita Mae Young


For my money, this is still one of the best live bands going.  A few personnel changes over the years doesn’t seem to have slowed them down.  They lock in the groove and just keep hammering.  It can’t be easy keeping all twelve (!) musicians on track, but like other “family-”and “extended-family-” bands before them, the bandleader (in this case, Derek Trucks) manages to bring the train safely to the station every time.  It may seem like it’s going to barrel through the brick wall at the end of the line, but that’s half the fun.  Susan Tedeschi and Mike Mattison’s vocal turns are always smooth and sexy, but for me the sonic circus is the star.

HIGH POINTS:  Let Me Get By, Laugh About It, Just as Strange, Anyhow, Crying Over You / Swamp Raga

04) PHISH – Big Boat

Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd’s “the Wall”) takes another turn at producing a Phish album.  Though “Big Boat” may seem less cohesive on first listen than its predecessor, “Fuego,” I think its meandering nature may be its strength.  Just as showcasing each of the phoursome individually in concert makes the overall structure more robust and varied, or the addition of outside genetic material can curb birth defects in humans, this album manages to avoid the trap of “same-y-ness” that can plague a band after fifteen studio albums.  Of course, as with all Phish albums, we must infer the jam sections these crafted, concise gems are meant to initiate, but for those who can’t afford to attend every Phish show, the implications are delightful enough.

HIGH POINTS:  Blaze On, Miss You, Petrichor, Waking Up Dead, Things People Do

03) DAVID BOWIE – Blackstar

I don’t think I can say anything about this album that a hundred writers haven’t already said.  Even if Mr. Jones hadn’t died two days after this album’s release and called for a permanent spotlight to shine on it all year, I remember how impressive it was on that first, untainted listen.  And the second.  And then I heard the sad news.  It is certainly one of the best albums he released in recent memory (though no less experimental), and I’ll argue it stands with the best of all his masterpieces.  The fact that it explores themes of abandonment, life after death, and an unsympathetic (or possibly nonexistent) supreme being wouldn’t have been surprising on any other Bowie album, but of course it’s in our nature to retroactively assign pre-sagacity to these in this case.  Bon voyage, Mr. Jones, and safe travels.  You will be missed.

HIGH POINTS:  I Can’t Give Everything Away, Blackstar, Lazarus, ‘Tis a Pity She Was a Whore, Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)

02) UMPHREY’S McGEE – Zonkey

The first time I heard Umphrey’s perform one of their now-infamous “live mash-ups” was in 2010 at the El Rey Theater in Albuquerque.  It was a mash-up of Nine Inch Nails “Closer” and The Beatles “Come Together.”  I thought it was brilliant.  Over the years, they’ve added enough of these to their arsenal to have committed them to an album of their own.  Whether or not the stunt gets them noticed by a more mainstream audience is practically irrelevant, since most of that “more mainstream audience” is too obsessed with checking their fucking phone to possibly matter in the grand scheme of things.  Mash-ups are a fun and interesting way to cover songs, and normally relegated to YouTube DJs with too much equipment and time on their hands, but Umphrey’s has proven that, in the right hands, mash-ups can be played, and quite impressively, by actual musicians.

HIGH POINTS:  Life During Exodus, Electric Avenue to Hell, National Loser Anthem, Strangletage, Can’t Rock My Dream Face
01) MARCHFOURTH – Magic Number

MarchFourth is now the band I most want to see in concert.  I spent the better part of 2016 telling anyone who would listen that this was the best, most interesting album of the year.  I’ve heard impressive “jam marching bands” before, but this is a totally take-no-prisoners affair.  They are here to literally blow you away.  Ben Ellman (Galactic) has produced the impossible, making something simultaneously goldbrick-solid and river-flowing, like I always imagined the Mesoamerican diety Quetzalcoatl.  Guest musicians Stanton Moore and Trombone Shorty add a New Orleans flair to the proceedings, but are hardly necessary.  Having been a member of marching bands myself, I simply cannot fathom how they are able to swing and thump this hard.  Heavy enough to stop you in your tracks, but lilting enough to spur your feet to happy dancing, this is the kind of band I could see forming a religion around.

HIGH POINTS:  Science (Free Your Mind), the Quarter, Inventing the Wheel, Magic Number, Push It Back, Call to Action


I should preface this list by saying that some of the albums of the year also produced what I considered singles of the year (e.g. “Off the Ground” by The Record Company), but for this list, either one track was a total standout from the album, or perhaps I simply haven’t had the opportunity to hear the whole album.  These are, for want of a better term, “radio songs,” but would nevertheless make great additions to many mixtapes.

16) WIL – A Whoo Hoo
A nice little retro ditty that got stuck in my head for weeks.

15) FRUITION – Santa Fe
New Yorkers love songs about New York, I love songs about Santa Fe.

14) JIM JAMES – Here in Spirit
A good message draped in fantastic production.  Operatic yet sparse.

13) STONE ROSES – All for One
This is one of the few bands from the 90s I’m glad got back together.

12) JAH WORKS - Water
So much reggae is just plain claptrap, I applaud their originality and sincerity.

11) ELLE KING – Good Girls
This one oozes a kind of Wanda Jackson-esque brassiness and sex appeal.

10) MONDO KOZMO - Shine
A songwriter singalong which uses no whistle track?  Thank you.  Just, thank you.

09) THE WIND + THE WAVE – Grand Canyon
Seems like it would be great music to ride to, really fast, down a mountain biking trail.

08) RIVER WHYLESS – All Day All Night
They call themselves a folk band, but this sound is pretty expansive.  Maybe that’s allowed in the Mumford age.

07) FANTASTIC NEGRITO – In the Pines
Like many takes on traditional standards, this one works by playing up the minor key and the bassline, implying a certain menace.

06) SAINT MOTEL - Move
The song opens with a command I’m happy to oblige.  This band is slinky and sleazy in all the right ways.

05) BASTILLE – Good Grief
Bordering on being too clever and meticulous to be a pop song, or maybe just clever and meticulous enough.  Meta moment: “It goes in one ear, out the other.”

04) DAWES – When the Tequila Runs Out
You’ve never heard Dawes try so hard to sound like an “indie” band.  This is as hooky and experimental as these “whisper-folkies” are likely to get.

03) STRAY BIRDS – Sabrina
My favorite “out of left field” entry this year.  Blissfully breakneck in its pacing and refreshingly unadorned with fancy production.  Raw in the best way possible.

02) STRUMBELLAS – We Don’t Know
In my opinion, far superior to their international hit “Spirits.”  Only time will tell if they’re just another flash-in-the-post-Mumford-folkie-pan, but I’m hooked so far.

01) ALABAMA SHAKES – Sound & Color
Yes, the album came out in 2015, and made my list of favorite albums.  As a single in 2016, this masterpiece revealed its hidden glory slowly.  It seemed like a new song every time I heard it.


NEW MASTERSOUNDS – the Nashville Session
PHISH – 12/31/16 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
WIDESPREAD PANIC – 5/5/16 Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL


CROSSROADS REVISITED - Selections from the Crossroads Guitar Festivals
DEAR JERRY – Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia
GRATEFUL DEAD – Red Rocks 7/8/78
JIMI HENDRIX – Machine Gun - the Fillmore East 12/31/69 [first show]
30 DAYS of DEAD – November 2016 [web series @ dead/net]


DAVE RAWLINGS MACHINE – 1/11/16 National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM
GARY CLARK, JR. – 3/9/16 Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque, NM
MY MORNING JACKET / BARR BROTHERS – 5/29/16 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
KARL DENSON’S TINY UNIVERSE – 6/30/16 the Bridge, Santa Fe, NM
POLYRHYTHMICS – 7/19/16 Plaza Bandstand, Santa Fe, NM
GALACTIC – 8/5/16 Taos Mesa Brewing, El Prado, NM
LAKE STREET DIVE – 8/11/16 Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO
GOV’T MULE / moe. / BLACKBERRY SMOKE – 8/25/16 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
PHISH – 9/2-4, 2017 – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO
TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND / LOS LOBOS / NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS – 9/19/16 Sandia Casino Amphitheater, Albuquerque, NM

photo by Gerald Bivens



Not certain if this technically counts as a local release, though Brian Haas (Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey) does spend a lot of his time in Santa Fe and apparently loves recording at Frogville Studios.  This album is all the more amazing because, as he told me, it is 100% improvised in the studio.

HIGH POINTS:  African Crowley, Orange Purple Sunshine, Cosmic Vision, Neuro Quantum Adept, Space Colonization



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