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Rock 'n' Roll Band

Tea Leaf Green

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Album Review

The acid test for a jam band is, of course, the live album, and San Francisco-based quartet Tea Leaf Green bill this one as their first "official" concert recording, disavowing an earlier self-released effort. The disc is also billed as the soundtrack to an identically titled and simultaneously released documentary film on DVD directed by Justin Kreutzmann (son of Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann). The movie captures the band's performance on May 19, 2006, at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO, interspersed with interview footage shot back home in San Francisco. Many jam bands try to discount their roots in '60s psychedelic rock, but the members of Tea Leaf Green are unabashed about extolling their taste for it and for the '70s classic rock that grew out of it. Their music is reminiscent of the Dead, with certain caveats. They are one guitarist and one drummer short of the earlier band's instrumentation, which leads to greater prominence for keyboardist Trevor Garrod, and their rhythm section is more inclined toward R&B and funk than the Dead's. Also, there is little of the Dead's country music background in Tea Leaf Green. But Garrod, who is also the lead singer, has a light tenor often reminiscent of Jerry Garcia's, and the jamming, despite revealing a knowledge of both the Allman Brothers Band and Weather Report, suggests the Dead, too. Garrod's lyrics are full of nature imagery and vague philosophizing, with a hint of religion (two songs here mention the Devil in the titles), his primary influence naturally being the Dead's Robert Hunter. But the words are less important than the group's interplay on this date, and that interplay is infectious enough to please any jam band fan.

Customer Reviews

TLG At Their Best. A Great Live Album.

Rock and Roll Band is a fantastic album and a great introduction to TLG’s live show. The album is almost like a live Greatest Hits album that is comprised of many of the bands most important songs, many of which can’t be found on any of their previous albums. The band is at the top of their game in this album, with Josh and Trevor (guitar and keys respectively) delivering glorious solos, and striking vocals, which as any leafhead knows is par for the course at any Tea Leaf Green show. Though the sound quality isn’t on the level of great live albums like Europe ’72, its still pretty good and very accessible for those who aren’t yet fans. Also, The DVD companion to this album (of the same name) is as good if not better than the album and will give you the best idea of what a great live band TLG is, if you haven’t yet seen them in concert. But be warned, if you see this movie you will get hooked on TLG and see them in concert repeatedly! If you wan’t to learn more about TLG check out my review of their album Taught To Be Proud or go to tealeafgreen.com. They are the future of the jam band scene so get with it and buy this album! Bottom line: Buy this album and dig TLG!

Kind Leaf

Check out "Franz Hanzerbeaker" and "One Reason," among other tracks, to put a pure smile on your face! This compilation is aptly titled. Its direct simplicity--just a "Rock-N-Roll Band"--masks an astonishing depth of tight grooves and sweet hippie hooks. Of course you can hear a little Jerry in the vocals, shades of WP in the jamming, and the Allmans in the deep textures of the songs. But it is refined quite nicely into something distinct, albeit pleasantly familiar. Just as Kind Leaf should be--bright & green, sticky & sweet!

well done

An amazing band, in honest opinion one of the best live bands i have ever seen. outstanding album, refreshing sound, and just great rock and roll. a must buy!

Biography

Formed: 1998 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

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

San Francisco-based jam band Tea Leaf Green got their start in the relationship between guitarist Josh Clark and drummer Scott Rager, who played in a high-school band together in Arcadia, CA. After graduation, Rager enrolled at San Francisco State College, where he met bassist Ben Chambers. When Clark moved to San Francisco, the three began playing together as a trio. Their first paying gig was attended by Trevor Garrod, a singer/songwriter and keyboard player who had moved to San Francisco looking...
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