Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band shared a unique rendition of the Grateful Dead staple, “Samson & Delilah”, on Thursday. In celebration of Hanukkah, the band sang the entire song, which the Dead popularized with its inclusion on 1977’s Terrapin Station, in Hebrew.
Lesh and each member of The Terrapin Family Band recorded their individual parts separately, a common trend as we plunge into the seventh month of COVID-19-related gathering restrictions. Lesh, of course, held down the low end on bass while Ross James provided the rhythm guitar and lead vocals. Grahame Lesh assumed lead guitar and vocal responsibilities with Alex Koford on acoustic guitar, Nathan Graham and Mark Levy on drums, and Jason Crosby on keys. Grahame Lesh’s Midnight North bandmate, Elliot Peck, added backing vocals throughout the song as well.
Said the band in a caption included in the video’s description, “Happy Hanukkah from Phil & The Terrapin Family Band! Dig into this Hebrew version of “Samson & Delilah” w/ our good buddy Mark Levy joining in on the fun. Special thanks to Rabbi Daniel Brenner, Mike Greenhaus, Tamar Oded, and Pete Shapiro for helping to make this happen!”
Check out The Terrapin Family Band’s Hebrew version of “Samson & Delilah” below and head to the band’s Facebook page for more unique quarantine performances.
Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band – “Samson & Delilah” (Hebrew Version)
On Saturday, December 26th, Phil Lesh & Friends will perform alongside 40+ other artists as part of Georgia Comes Alive, a one-day virtual music festival aimed at promoting voter participation in the upcoming Georgia runoff elections by supporting local grassroots organizations, Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda and CivicGeorgia. Donate any amount to the cause GeorgiaComesAlive.com to receive a stream link on the day of the show (12/26). You can also enter to win exclusive prizes from GCA artists like a guitar signed and played by Bob Weir here. See below for a full list of performers.