Rock 'n' Roll Band

Rock 'n' Roll Band

by Tea Leaf GreenTea Leaf Green


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The acid test for a jam band is, of course, the live album, and San Francisco-based quartet Tea Leaf Green bill this one as their first "official" concert recording, disavowing an earlier self-released effort. The disc is also billed as the soundtrack to an identically titled and simultaneously released documentary film on DVD directed by Justin Kreutzmann (son of Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann). The movie captures the band's performance on May 19, 2006, at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO, interspersed with interview footage shot back home in San Francisco. Many jam bands try to discount their roots in '60s psychedelic rock, but the members of Tea Leaf Green are unabashed about extolling their taste for it and for the '70s classic rock that grew out of it. Their music is reminiscent of the Dead, with certain caveats. They are one guitarist and one drummer short of the earlier band's instrumentation, which leads to greater prominence for keyboardist Trevor Garrod, and their rhythm section is more inclined toward R&B and funk than the Dead's. Also, there is little of the Dead's country music background in Tea Leaf Green. But Garrod, who is also the lead singer, has a light tenor often reminiscent of Jerry Garcia's, and the jamming, despite revealing a knowledge of both the Allman Brothers Band and Weather Report, suggests the Dead, too. Garrod's lyrics are full of nature imagery and vague philosophizing, with a hint of religion (two songs here mention the Devil in the titles), his primary influence naturally being the Dead's Robert Hunter. But the words are less important than the group's interplay on this date, and that interplay is infectious enough to please any jam band fan.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/31/2006
Label: Sci Fidelity Records
UPC: 0662102104927
catalogNumber: 1049
Rank: 111602

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tea Leaf Green   Primary Artist
Josh Clark   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Trevor Garrod   Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Ben Chambers   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Scott Rager   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Kevin Clock   Engineer
Alan Schneider   Management
Tea Leaf Green   Composer
Chuck Totlis   Monitor Engineer
Christopher Sabec   Executive Producer,Management
Aaron Shugart Brown   Stage Technician
Josh Clark   Composer,Art Direction
Trevor Garrod   Composer

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