Back in August, Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh returned to LOCKN’ Festival in Arrington, Virginia. Despite the festival’s somewhat short, five-year history, Lesh has consistently been a repeat offender at the music and camping event, formerly performing with Furthur, a number of different Phil Lesh & Friends lineups, and more throughout the years. For one of his first appearances at LOCKN’, on Friday, August 25th, Phil performed a special set with the Terrapin Family Band, the young group of musicians featuring multi-instrumentalist Jason Crosby, guitarists Grahame Lesh and Ross James, and Alex Koford that Lesh has more or less chosen in recent months as his backing band of choice.
Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band’s Friday LOCKN’ performance was divided into two sets, with a set by Gov’t Mule sandwiched squarely in between. Unsurprisingly given LOCKN’ immense lineup, across these two Phil Lesh sets, a number of friends stopped by, including Lesh’s Grateful Dead bandmate Bob Weir, frequent collaborator at Lesh’s venue Terrapin Crossroads and vocalist Nicki Bluhm, and a visit by Gov’t Mule’s frontman, legendary guitarist Warren Haynes.
Last night, the festival released new pro-shot video of Warren Haynes’ tremendous collaboration with Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band. Haynes came out to join the band for renditions of “St. Stephen” and “New Minglewood Blues”, with the latter earning much chatter for its unrestrained energy and dynamic improvisation. You can watch Phil Lesh, Warren Haynes, and the Terrapin Family Band team up on “New Minglewood Blues” at LOCKN’ below, courtesy of Relix.
“New Minglewood Blues”