The wait for the new album from Vida Blue is finally over. Crossing Lines is now available on all major streaming platforms.
Vida Blue is led by keyboardist Page McConnell (Phish) alongside Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company, Allman Brothers Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit), and Russell Batiste (The funky METERS) as well as newly added guitarist Adam Zimmon (Shakira, Ziggy Marley). The 8-track Crossing Lines marks the first LP from Vida Blue since 2003.
Crossing Lines marks the third album by the all-star act following their 2002 self-titled release and 2003’s The Illustrated Band, which features four tracks performed alongside Grammy-winning Afro-Cuban outfit, the Spam Allstars. Vida Blue toured with the Spam Allstars behind The Illustrated Band throughout 2004 leading up to their final performance for 15 years at the third annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 11th, 2004.
You can listen to Vida Blue’s Crossing Lines below:
Vida Blue – Crossing Lines – Full Album
As Page told Rolling Stone of the sessions for Crossing Lines,
I can’t remember laughing harder for four days straight than I did those four days in Miami. There was so much joy and fun. Russell is quite a character and really funny, and tends to be at the center of whatever is going on, and loud. But [he’s] a guy I care about incredibly. I have a deep emotional attachment to Russell and I’m really happy to be playing with him again. The tracks were flowing pretty easily. We were gonna go for five days, but we stopped after four. It all kind of came out in a very natural and organic way. It was a blast, it really was.
Vida Blue also scheduled a trio of live dates in support of the new album. The tour kicked off on Wednesday with a performance at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club. As Page told Rolling Stone about the live shows,
I know what they were like in the old days with the trio. I think it’ll be fun. I didn’t want to book a huge six-week tour or something. I just wanted to get my feet wet again. One of the things I love about being in Phish is I don’t have to lead every moment of the band. I can be in the band, but not calling the songs or counting the tempos or that sort of stuff. And that’s not a luxury I have in this band, because I have to do that stuff, which is fun but a different discipline for me. …
I think everybody probably thought it was never going to happen again. It was such a long time ago that not many people talk to me about it, but it was always on my mind. I always thought we would do something again. We have three shows coming up here in the fall and I would like it to be something that doesn’t just end here but I would like it to be something that I can continue to do with these guys over the years, even if it’s just one or two shows a year just to keep it together. It doesn’t need to break up again, even if we aren’t as active as we were from 2002-2004. It’s a new phase for us, and I would like to keep it going.
This weekend, Vida Blue will round out their brief reunion run with performances at The Fillmore in Philadelphia on Friday, September 20th and at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on Saturday, September 21st. For more information, head here.