Trey Anastasio's New Band Evolves
"In keeping with the tradition of past solo projects, Trey's current touring outfit "70 Volt Parade" continues to evolve as the band prepares for the West Coast leg of their Fall Tour in support of Shine. Last week in Princeton, Russell Remington joined the band on saxophone and flute, a show that also marked the return of Jen Hartswick performing on trumpet. Remington is an alumnus from Trey's 10-piece band as well as a frequent Phish collaborator as part of the "Giant Country Horns." In Albany, Raymond Weber took a seat behind the drum kit in place of the recently departed Skeeto Valdez. Raymond has a long-standing musical relationship with current bassist Tony Hall, as the two New Orleans residents perform with Ivan Neville in Dumpstaphunk. Trey first met Raymond during a guest appearance with Dumpstaphunk back in August at BB King's in New York City. Trey cites that "...After that 'Cayman Review', I just knew I had to play with Raymond. His playing was so deep and in the pocket...I just couldn't get him out of my head!" After Skeeto's amicable split based on personal reasons, Trey said "It was amazing performing with Skeeto over the past year, he was instrumental in the foundation of this band and I hope our paths cross again someday. He was a rockin' drummer." Trey is very upbeat and optimistic about the changes, "We're bringin' the funk to the west coast, so watch out!" he quips with a laugh."
In other Trey news:
Mike Gordon will be performing with Trey as part of Warren Haynes' 17th Annual Christmas Jam, held December 17th at the Asheville Civic Center in Asheville, NC. The two will play a special acoustic set as part of the evening's musical festivities. Tickets are on sale now. Other confirmed artists include Gov't Mule, Audley Freed of The Black Crowes, Hot Tuna, Drive-By Truckers members Patterson Hood & Jason Isbell, Kevin Kinney, Ray Lamontagne, Edwin McCain, John Medeski, Ivan Neville, Dave Schools, John Scofield, Ralph Stanley and Marty Stuart.
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