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Album Review

It may seem odd to have a 70-minute CD with only ten cuts, but this is par for the course when you're listening to a good jam band like the String Cheese Incident. Especially live. Unlike Carnival '99, A String Cheese Incident documents only one show from the Fox Theater in Boulder, CO, on February 27th, 1997. The ten-minute "Lonesome Fiddle Blues" kicks things off, featuring an instrumental barrage, ranging from Michael Kang on the electric violin to Kyle Hollingsworth on organ. Kang's jazzy samba "Pirates" gives the band plenty of room to show off their instrumental prowess without meandering. This ability to stay focused, even during the loosest of jams, keeps the music vital and the listener involved. On the standout "Land's End," the music ebbs and flows, alternating between flaming intensity and transient beauty. The band leaves room for lots of other surprises on A String Cheese Incident. Their version of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" is a real mindbender, starting with heavy guitar riffs, only to dive into one of the finest Western swing versions of a rock song ever recorded. Between '70s rock and fusion jams, the band also shows its respect for bluegrass on "Dudley's Kitchen" and the Stanley Brothers' "How Mountain Girls Can Love." "How Mountain Girls Can Love" gives the band a chance to show off their harmony singing while still leaving room — in this short, three-minute romp — for nifty guitar, piano, and mandolin solos. Although a listener could find more live String Cheese Incident on the two-CD set, Carnival '99, A String Cheese Incident offers a fine introduction to the group. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Rovi

Customer Reviews

Great Album

I am also a huge Phish fan, and have just started to delve into The String Cheese Incident. This is much like Phish and some Genesis with Phil Collins. Although I wouldn't catogorize this as rock, I would definitely have to say that this is an excellent cd. I would recommend Porcupine Tree and Genesis to anyone who likes this.

Classic Live Jam Band Release!

This is one of the great live releases in the Jam Band scene. I'd put it right up there with Phish's; A Live One, Panics; Light Fuse Get Away, and Moe's; L when it comes to influencing the scene and bringing it to the public. A great example of late 90's Cheese and what it is that makes them so great. A true classic!


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Formed: 1993 in Boulder, CO

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The bluegrass-based jam band the String Cheese Incident is comprised of mandolinist/violinist Michael Kang, guitarist Bill Nershi, bassist Keith Moseley, pianist Kyle Hollingsworth, and percussionists Jason Hann and Michael Travis. Formed in Boulder, Colorado, in 1993, the group's self-described "sacrilegious mix of bluegrass, calypso, salsa, Afro-pop, funk, rock, and jazz" quickly built up a following on the local club circuit, and within six months of their formation they earned an invitation to...
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