Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Furthur takes a break, Late Night Pick: Jim James

In mildly interesting jam band news, Furthur, the band with Phil Lesh & Bob Weir from the Grateful Dead, are taking a hiatus next year as they work on their solo projects (you can read the press release HERE). Why is this only mildly interesting? Though I certainly enjoyed their shows at Lockn' (not so much their show at Hampton a few years ago), they never came up with any new songs and were somewhat hit or miss with the shows I saw or watched on webcasts. A fine way to get the Grateful Dead vibe and certainly nice to see those guys still touring, but there was no new material or even new cover songs that they hadn't played in the Dead or in their own bands (Phil & Friends, Ratdog). And for the price they charged ($70 - $80/ticket), my attitude (as it is with their own bands) is that if they come to Richmond, I'll probably be there (day and cash flow permitting), but they weren't special enough to hit the road for, even somewhere as close as Charlottesville.

Tonight's late night pick is Jim James of My Morning Jacket doing his solo thing on Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC at 11:35 PM. Jim led the Bonnaroo SuperJam this year and here is the band he put together made up of himself, John Oates (Hall & Oates), Larry Graham (bass, Sly & the Family Stone, Prince), Brittany Howard (vocals, Alabama Shakes), Zigaboo Modeliste (drums, the Meters), Cyro Baptista (percussion), and others. They are covering Curtis Mayfield's "Move on Up". There is some rehearsal/interview footage at the beginning and the performance starts at 4:20: