3 From The 7
3 From The 7 is Relix’s weekly news podcast, chronicling three of the jam world’s biggest news stories from the last seven days.
Hosted by Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta (Associate Editor, Relix) and Karina Rykman (Bassist for Marco Benevento and her own namesake project), 3 From The 7 takes an exciting look at everything from tour announcements to festival lineups to epic live sets. Infused with Kenny-Cincotta and Rykman’s wit and humor, each episode is recorded at Relix’s New York City headquarters.
3 From The 7‘s intro/outro music is “Elevator” by Karina Rykman.
All of the podcast’s content is pulled straight from the Daily 7: Relix’s free email newsletter, dropping all the best news from the jam world straight into your inbox. You can subscribe to the Daily 7 for free at Relix.com/Daily.
Get in touch and send your musings to [email protected]!
Karina and Raf examine this weekend’s free Fare Thee Well broadcast as well as a new Grateful Dead true crime podcast and the debate over a crowdless/drive-in Phish show.
[Recorded on June 30, 2020, Send your messages to [email protected]]
This week, Raf and Karina celebrate Billy Strings’ return to the road, Pretty Lights’ first public statement in two years and Umphrey’s McGee’s two-night ‘Live From The Boondocks’ livestream.
[Recorded on June 9, 2020, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 50: New Khruangbin Album, Trey Anastasio Quarantine Interview, The Rock and Roll Playhouse
It’s our 50th episode! Raf and Karina talk Khruangbin, Trey Anastasio and The Rock and Roll Playhouse.
[Sponsored by Brendan Benson/Third Man Records and Andy Frasco/SideOneDummy Records. Recorded on April 28, 2020. Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 49: Dead & Co. Summer Tour, Radiohead & Phish, JRAD on FANS
The fate of Dead & Company summer tour… Phish and Radiohead have more in common than you think… Joe Russo’s Almost Dead couch tour… All this and more on this week’s 3 From The 7!
[Recorded on April 21, 2020, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 48: RIP John Prine, The State of Live Music, Memories of Magnaball, Listener Mail
Raf and Karina remember John Prine, wonder when live music is coming back, get nostalgic for Phish’s Magnaball “Dinner and a Movie” and share some listener mail!
[Recorded on April 14, 2020, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 47: Phish’s ‘Sigma Oasis,’ Weir Wednesdays, Happy Birthday Warren Haynes
Quarantine continues, but at least we have a new Phish album! Raf & Karina take a deep dive on ‘Sigma Oasis,’ celebrate the new Weir Wednesdays and wish Warren Haynes a very happy birthday.
[Recorded April 7, 2020, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 46: The Quarantine Chronicles Pt. 3 (John Prine, Eric Clapton, SiriusXM)
John Prine, Eric Clapton, and SiriusXM’s new stations (Dave Matthews Band and Billy Joel) are the topics of conversation as Raf and Karina enter their third week in self-isolation! Stay healthy out there!
[Recorded on March 31 2020, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 45: The Quarantine Chronicles Pt. 2
We’re still in quarantine, but there’s plenty to talk about, from weekly webcasts to Bob Weir’s workout playlist!
[Recorded on March 24 2020, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 44: The Quarantine Chronicles Pt. 1
Raf and Karina are practicing social distancing, but the show must go on!
[Recorded on March 17 2020, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 43: Coronavirus Cancels Coachella, SXSW and More
In the wake of Coachella, SXSW and more getting cancelled due to coronavirus, Raf and Karina try to figure out what in the world is happening. (Friendly reminder: Wash your hands!) Plus, a Weekly Shout-Out by Kendall Street Company.
[Recorded on March 10 2020, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 42: Widespread Panic at The Beacon, Thinking of Nashville, David Byrne on ‘SNL’
From Widespread Panic’s Beacon Run to Nashville’s tornado to David Byrne on Saturday Night Live, Raf and Karina cover a lot of ground on this week’s episode. Plus, a Weekly Shout-Out by Circles Around The Sun!
[Recorded on March 3 2020, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 41: Phish Mexico, JRAD at The Cap, Workout with Bob Weir
This week, we’re talking Phish Mexico, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at The Capitol Theatre and HeadCount’s insane contest to pump iron with Bob Weir! Plus, a Weekly Shout-Out by Alex Ebert!
[Recorded on Feb. 24 2020, Send your messages to [email protected]]]
Ep. 40: Oysterhead Returns, Trey & Dave in Mexico, Primus’ Rush Tribute Tour
This week, it’s a Les Claypool/Trey Anastasio bonanza as Raf and Karina talk Oysterhead’s return, Trey Anastasio’s surprise sit-in with Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds in Mexico and Primus’ upcoming Rush tribute tour.
[Recorded Feb. 18 2020, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 39: Andy Frasco & Shawn Eckels Discuss New Album, Neal Casal Tribute LP, The Black Crowes Acoustic Tour
Andy Frasco and guitarist Shawn Eckels of The U.N. join Raf and Karina to discuss Frasco’s newly announced album, the upcoming Neal Casal tribute LP, The Black Crowes’ surprise acoustic tour and much more!
[Recorded Feb. 10 2020, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 38: Sports! Jeff Mattson Playing Jerry Garcia Guitars & Spike Lee’s David Byrne Doc
Raf & Karina play with sound samples on their Rodecaster Pro, talk about sports(?), dive into Dark Star Orchestra’s upcoming use of Jerry Garcia guitars and look ahead to Spike Lee’s new David Byrne documentary! Plus, a shout-out by Fruition!
[Recorded Feb. 4 2020, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 37: Phish Summer Tour, The Grammys, Panic En La Playa
Karina’s back in NYC to talk with Raf about Phish summer tour, The Grammys and Panic En La Playa!
[Recorded Jan. 28, 2020, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 36: Jazz Fest, Steely Dan/Steve Winwood, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (with Marco Benevento!)
[Recorded Jan. 21, 2020, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 35: Cloud 9’s Annabel Lukins, Live from Jam Cruise
Ahoy! This week’s ‘3 From The 7′ pod is comin’ at you LIVE from Jam Cruise 2020! Raf and Karina sit down with Annabel Lukins to talk all things Cloud 9 Adventures!
[Recorded Jan. 8, 2020, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 34: NYE Recap with Andy Bernstein (HeadCount)
HeadCount’s Andy Bernstein is here to chat about Phish, Dead & Company, The Disco Biscuits and (most of all) the power of voting!
[Recorded Jan. 6, 2020, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 33: The Holiday Special!
Karina performs a holiday tune with Marlo Shankweiler of Melt, Raf hosts a round of “Sold Out or Still Available?” and much much more! Season’s greetings, yall!
[Recorded Dec. 17, 2019, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 32: Phall Tour, Turkuaz & Talking Heads, Peach 2020
In Karina’s stead, Relix Assistant Editor Jake May stops by to chat with Raf about Phish fall tour, Turkuaz’s upcoming ‘Remain in Light’ collaboration with Jerry Harrison and Adrian Belew, as well as the impressive Peach 2020 lineup. Plus, a Weekly Shout Out by Jordan of Spafford! Sponsored by the new Jimi Hendrix box set Songs For Groovy Children: The Complete Fillmore East Concerts.
[Recorded Dec. 10, 2019, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 31: Phish at Nassau, Pearl Jam Summer Tour, Khruangbin/Leon Bridges EP
Phish’s return to Nassau Coliseum, Pearl Jam’s European vacation and the upcoming Khruangbin/Leon Bridges collaborative EP are all on the docket for this week’s 3 From The 7. Sponsored by the new Jimi Hendrix box set Songs For Groovy Children: The Complete Fillmore East Concerts.
[Recorded Dec. 3, 2019, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 30: The Thanksgiving Special!
Raf and Karina celebrate Thanksgiving by asking listeners, “What are YOU thankful for?”
[Recorded Nov. 26, 2019, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 29: Goose on TV, JRAD Tour, The Doobie Brothers Reunion
On this week’s 3 from the 7 pod, Karina Rykman is back to chat with Raf about Goose’s TV debut, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s new batch of tour dates and The Doobie Brothers reunion 25 years in the making. Plus, the debut of Karina’s new single “Elevator” and a Weekly Shout-Out by Kellen Asebroek of Fruition!
[Recorded Nov. 12, 2019, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 28: The Black Crowes, Billy & The Kids, Billy Strings Throwback
On this week’s 3 From The 7 Karina phones in from Indiana to chat about The Black Crowes reunion, the return of Billy & The Kids, and a Billy Strings throwback video making its way around the Internet.
[Recorded Nov. 12, 2019, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Karina’s back and there’s lots to discuss, from Widespread Panic’s Nolaween run, to Rage Against the Machine’s reunion, to Dead & Company’s MSG celebration. Plus, a weekly shout out by Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna!
[Recorded Nov. 5, 2019, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 26: Jonathan Healey (Dead & Company, Dayglo Presents)
While Karina Rykman treks the globe on tour, Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta sits down with Dead & Company Video Director/VP of Marketing for DayGlo Presents Jonathan Healey for a wide-ranging conversation about all things couch tour. Enjoy!
Ep. 25: SweetWater 420 Fest, Trey Anastasio Covers Bon Iver, Halloween Jerry Dance Party
From SweetWater 420 Fest’s initial lineup, to Trey Anastasio’s standout Wisconsin gig to a mind-bending Jerry Dance Party this Halloween, there’s plenty to talk about on this week’s 3 From The 7! Plus, listener mail and a weekly shout-out by Marco Benevento!
[Recorded Oct. 22, 2019, Send your messages to [email protected]]
On this week’s 3 From The 7, Karina Rykman and Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta discuss the Oysterhead reunion, the 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees and Khruangbin’s recent Desert Daze collaboration with Wu Tang Clan! Plus a weekly shout-out by BeatHaven.
[Recorded Oct. 15, 2019, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Karina Rykman and Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta remember the legendary Ginger Baker and recap a Texas-sized collaboration between Eric Krasno and Billy Strings. They also review a new single by Mavis Staples and Norah Jones. Plus, listener mail!
[Recorded Oct. 7, 2019, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 22: Eric Krasno Joins Circles Around The Sun, Tedeschi Trucks Band at The Beacon, Dead & Company on the West Coast
On this week’s ‘3 From The 7,’ Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta and Karina Rykman discuss Eric Krasno’s new role in Circles Around The Sun, Tedeschi Trucks Band’s traditional Beacon Theatre run and Dead & Company’s upcoming West Coast celebration. Plus, a Weekly Shout-Out by Fever Dolls.
Sponsored by Todd Pasternack’s “Lessons From the Road: Musicians As Business Leaders” available now, where books are sold. [Recorded Oct. 1, 2019, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 21: Bob Dylan’s 10 Nights at the Beacon, Clapton and Frampton at Crossroads, Phish at MSG
Robert Hunter, Bob Dylan, Peter Frampton, Eric Clapton and Phish are just a few of the names dropped by Karina Rykman and Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta this week. Listen and enjoy! Plus, a Weekly Shout-Out by Bryan Scheinkopf of Zoofunkyou!
[Recorded on Sept. 24, 2019. Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 20: Neal Casal Tribute at The Cap, Greensky Bluegrass at Red Rocks, Mike Gordon Tour
On this week’s 3 From The 7 Karina Rykman and Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta chat about the upcoming Neal Casal Tribute at The Capitol Theatre, Greensky Bluegrass’ Red Rocks run and Mike Gordon’s 2020 tour dates. Plus, they reply to some listener mail!
[Recorded on Sept. 16, 2019, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 19: Jon Fishman Dabbles in Extreme Metal, Billy Strings Covers WSP in Athens, Jay Blakesberg Preps New Jerry Garcia Book
Karina Rykman and Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta discuss a very interesting week, including Jon Fishman’s foray into extreme metal, Billy Strings’ love for Widespread Panic, and Jay Blakesberg’s latest photo book. Plus, a Weekly Shout-Out by Kendall Street Company!
[Recorded on Sept. 9, 2019, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 18: RIP Neal Casal, Umphrey’s McGee LD Jefferson Waful Retires, Warren Haynes & Dave Matthews’ Bromance
Karina’s back for this week’s ‘3 From The 7,’ which covers the loss of Neal Casal, Jefferson Waful’s retirement from the Umphrey’s McGee production team and the ongoing bromance between Warren Haynes and Dave Matthews. Plus, a Weekly Shout-Out by Greg Ormont of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong!
[Recorded on Sept. 3, 2019, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 17: Andy Frasco, Live at LOCKN’
To celebrate LOCKN’ 2019, Relix Assistant Editor Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta sits down with Andy Frasco of Andy Frasco & The UN for a freewheelin’ conversation, recorded live at the Virginia mega-festival. Plus, a Weekly Shout-Out by Rubblebucket!
[Recorded on Aug. 23, 2019, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 16: Phish’s Colorado Plague, Dead & Company’s Fun Run, Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s New Album
This week, Karina Rykman phones in to chat with Relix Assistant Editor Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta about Phish’s Colorado hiccup (spoiler alert: it’s the plague), Dead & Company’s “Fun Run” and Neil Young/Crazy Horse’s brand new album. Plus, a Weekly Shout-Out from Albert of The Sugar Busch!
[Recorded on Aug. 20, 2019, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 15: John Mayer Tour, Anders Osborne’s Missing Guitars, Jack White x Jack Black = Jack Gray
From John Mayer tour to Anders Osborne’s stolen guitars to the Jack White/Jack Black collaboration (affectionately known as Jack Gray), Raf and Karina are ready to talk about it all on this week’s 3 From The 7! Plus, a Weekly Shout-Out by Garcia Peoples!
[Recorded on Aug. 13, 2019, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 14: Widespread Panic in St. Augustine, Trey Anastasio Calls Derek Trucks His “Favorite Guitar Player,” The Strokes Plot NYE in NYC
This week, bassist Karina Rykman and Relix Assistant Editor Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta let out their inner Spreadheads and talk Widespread Panic in St. Augustine. Then, they discuss Trey Anastasio’s recent declaration that Derek Trucks is his “favorite guitarist,” as well as The Strokes’ grand return to NYC. Plus, a Weekly Shout-Out by Collin O’Brien of Cycles!
Sponsored by SirusXM.
[Recorded on Aug. 5, 2019, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 13: Newport Folk Festival, The Peach Music Festival, Jeff Austin Tribute Show
What a weekend! Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta and Karina Rykman feel the FOMO as they discuss the insane happenings at Newport Folk Festival and The Peach. Plus, an amazing Jeff Austin tribute show is in the works! Weekly Shout-Out by The Commonheart. Sponsored by SirusXM. [Recorded on July 30, 2019, Send your messages to [email protected]]
Ep. 12: RIP Art Neville, John Mayer’s Solo Tour, The Return of Vida Blue
This week, Karina Rykman and Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta remember the legacy of Art Neville, praise John Mayer for adding some Grateful Dead to his solo tour and celebrate the return of Vida Blue! Plus, a Weekly Shout-Out by Nick Thrasher of LITZ! Sponsored by the Grateful Dead’s Meet-Up at the Movies and SiriusXM. [Recorded on July 23, 2019]
Ep. 11: Neil Young & Bob Dylan’s Onstage Reunion, Phish’s Epic Night at Alpine Valley, Paul McCartney’s Tour-Closer with Ringo Starr & Joe Walsh
Karina Rykman is back in the studio to talk with Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta about Neil Young and Bob Dylan’s first duet in 25 years, Phish’s Alpine Valley extravaganza and Paul McCartney’s LA tour-closer with Ringo Starr and Joe Walsh. Plus, a Weekly Shout-Out by Ben Larroquette of Mom and Dad! Sponsored by the Grateful Dead’s Meet-Up at the Movies and SiriusXM. [Recorded on July 15, 2019]
Ep. 10: moe.down, Phish at Fenway, Dave Matthews Band & Preservation Hall Jazz Band
This week, bassist Karina Rykman phones in from Upstate, NY to talk with Relix Assistant Editor Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta about moe.down, Phish at Fenway Park and Dave Matthews Band’s recent collaboration with Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Plus, a Weekly Shout-Out by Matt McDonald of Perpetual Groove! Sponsored by Between Me and My Mind, in theaters July 17. [Recorded July 9, 2019]
Episode Nine: Phish in Camden, SCI at Electric Forest, Widespread Panic at Red Rocks
It’s been a crazy week in the jam world! Between Phish’s three-night outing in Camden, The String Cheese Incident’s Electric Forest get-down and Widespread Panic’s record-breaking Red Rocks run, Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta (Assistant Editor, Relix) and Karina Rykman (bassist, Marco Benevento) have plenty to talk about. Plus, a Weekly Shout-Out by Dave Loss of Aqueous! Sponsored by Between Me and My Mind, in theaters July 17. [Recorded July 1, 2019]
Episode Eight: Remembering Jeff Austin, John Mayer Plays Jerry Garcia’s “Wolf,” Mick Jagger Returns to the Stage
This week, Relix Assistant Editor Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta and bassist Karina Rykman remember the talented Jeff Austin, marvel at Dead & Company’s big Citi Field surprise (spoiler alert: John Mayer played Jerry Garcia’s “Wolf”) and celebrate Mick Jagger’s return to the stage with The Rolling Stones. Plus, a Weekly Shout-Out by Brian Moss of Spafford! [Recorded June 25, 2019]
Episode Seven: Bonnaroo/Mountain Jam, Phish Radio, Grateful Dead Meet-Up At The Movies
After some much needed recovery time, Relix Assistant Editor Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta and bassist Karina Rykman discuss their time at Bonnaroo and Mountain Jam as well as SiriusXM’s new Phish Radio and this year’s highly anticipated Meet-Up At The Movies. Plus, a weekly shout-out by Simon of The New Mastersounds! [Recorded June 20, 2019]
Episode Six: RIP Dr. John, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Get Deputized, Martin Scorsese’s Bob Dylan Doc
This week, Relix Assistant Editor Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta and bassist Karina Rykman talk about the late, great Dr. John, discuss Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi getting deputized in Georgia and take a look at Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue, as depitcted in Martin Scorsese’s new Netflix documentary. Plus, a Weekly Shout Out by Eli Winderman of Dopapod! [Recorded June 10, 2019]
Episode Five: Governors Ball Cancellation, Mike Gordon Jams “Liz Reed” with moe., Dead & Company Kick-Off Summer Tour
Karina Rykman returns to chat with Relix Assistant Editor Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta about Governors Ball’s Sunday cancellation, Mike Gordon and moe.’s “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” at Red Rocks and Dead & Company’s summer tour opener at Shoreline. Plus, a weekly shout-out by Dave Brandwein of Turkuaz. Fire up your private jet. It’s ‘3 From The 7’! [Recorded on June 2, 2019]
Episode Four: Special Guest Ricki Blakesberg
Since Karina Rykman is on vacation, Ricki Blakesberg steps in to chat with Relix Assistant Editor Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta about the new Trey Anastasio doc, the always-rainy Summer Camp Music Festival and The String Cheese Incident’s epic week on the East Coast. Plus, a weekly shout-out from Rykman, straight from the beach! [Recorded May 28, 2019]
Episode Three: Joe Russo’s New Record, David Byrne on Broadway, Tedeschi Trucks Band on ‘Kimmel’
Can you pronounce the name of Joe Russo’s new record? Is David Byrne about to take over Broadway? How awesome is it that Tedeschi Trucks Band were on network TV? Relix Assistant Editor Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta and bassist extraordinaire Karina Rykman explore all these questions and more on this week’s ‘3 From The 7’! Plus, a weekly shout out by our friends at Cash or Trade! Listen now and subscribe to the Daily 7 at Relix.com/Daily. [Recorded May 20, 2019]
Episode Two: The Band Documentary, Bonnie Raitt on ‘The Late Show,’ Mavis Staples’ Birthday Celebration
Who’s excited for Martin Scorsese’s new documentary on The Band? Did you know Stephen Colbert is a huge Bonnie Raitt fan? Did Mavis Staples throw the best birthday party ever? Relix Assistant Editor Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta and bassist extraordinaire Karina Rykman explore all these questions and more on this week’s ‘3 From The 7’! Listen now and subscribe to the Daily 7 at Relix.com/Daily. [Recorded May 13, 2019]
Episode One: Jazz Fest, Trondossa, Chris Robinson Brotherhood
How amazing was Jazz Fest this year? Is there anything cooler than a 100-year-old, WWII veteran at a Widespread Panic show? Does Midnight North at LOCKN’ mean Phil Lesh might show up? Relix Assistant Editor Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta and bassist extraordinaire Karina Rykman explore all these questions and more on this week’s ‘3 From The 7’! [Recorded May 7, 2019.]
The Relix Audio Hour
The Relix Audio Hour is a podcast supplement to Relix magazine. A unique audio experience for music fans of all varieties, it presents everything from exclusive interviews to concert and album reviews in a compact, easily listenable format.
Episode Eight: Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Electric Ladyland’ 50th Anniversary Special
In the newest episode of our podcast The Relix Audio Hour, we roll the clock back 50 years and take a deep dive into the recording process of Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 opus Electric Ladyland.
Host Jesse Lauter sits down with the record’s engineer/mixer Eddie Kramer as well as Hendrix historian John McDermott to explore the ins and outs of the groundbreaking LP, which would be Hendrix’s crowning recording achievement.
Kramer recalls joining the project in April 1968, and witnessing Hendrix in the throws of the creative process. “It was such a rush of information being thrown at me,” he chuckles.
Courtesy of the Hendrix estate, you can also hear audio of Hendrix himself describing the LP. Much of the episode’s soundtrack comes from the recently released Electric Ladyland deluxe boxset, as well its companion film At Last The Beginning: The Making of Electric Ladyland.
“He was a man who was blessed with god-given talent, amazing talent. But he was able to focus. He had a vision. Once he got on track with a song, and he knew pretty much in his head where it was headed, he wouldn’t stop. He wouldn’t let go – it’s like a pit-bull – until he achieved the end goal,” Kramer says of Hendrix.
Kramer and McDermott also recall Hendrix’s admiration of Steve Winwood, who plays organ on Electric Ladyland‘s “Voodoo Child.”
“He loved Winwood’s playing. I think at one point he asked him, ‘Hey, let’s put a band together. Or at least join my band,’” Kramer posits, adding to the myth of rock and roll’s greatest group that never was.
Listen to episode eight of The Relix Audio Hour here.
Episode Seven: Phil & Grahame Lesh with Eric Krasno
In episode seven of our podcast The Relix Audio Hour, we present the second installment of our “Conversations with Kraz” series, in which guitarist Eric Krasno chats with musicians about their craft and more. This time around, Kraz speaks with Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh and his son Grahame, a chat that took place backstage at Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band’s SummerStage performance at New York’s Central Park this past September
The conversation begins with Krasno and the elder Lesh on-on-one, speaking about the bassist’s formal music education, how his unique playing style with the Dead was inspired by classical music—especially Bach—being invited by Jerry Garcia to join the Grateful Dead (even before he’d played bass), the merits of collective improvisation and Lesh’s appreciation of all the bands playing the Dead’s music these days. “Songs are like fairy tales,” Lesh says, “all versions are true. I can predict that they’ll still be playing these songs in 100 years.”
Grahame then joins the discussion, talking with his father and Krasno about his own early bands when he was in school, learning Dead songs from Phil and singing harmonies with his brother Brian, playing shows with Phil and The Terrapin Family Band and more, including how TFB have been writing and recording some new songs. Both Lesh’s also speak on the importance of Phil’s Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, CA, which Phil calls “a game changer” in his later musical career.
Listen to episode seven of The Relix Audio Hour here.
Episode Six: Nels Cline & Carl Broemel, Jay Blakesberg
In episode six of our podcast The Relix Audio Hour, producer and host Jesse Lauter moderates a conversation between two lead guitarists, Wilco’s Nels Cline and My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel.
The two musicians—who both joined their respective iconic modern-rock bands in 2004, after the groups had already garnered passionate fanbases—discuss how they came to meet up with Wilco and MMJ, along with their first live outings with the bands. Cline and Broemel also talk about their solo careers and recent releases—The Nels Cline 4’s Currents, Constellations and Broemel’s Wished Out—along with the fact that both of their band’s happen to be on hiatus at the moment, offering them more time to focus their attention elsewhere. Other topics of conversation include the roles of lead guitarists in modern music, how they reset when they hit a musical roadblock, (not quite) growing out of collecting vintage guitars and more.
Episode six also features iconic rock photographer Jay Blakesberg discussing an upcoming career retrospective, “Chasing Splintered Sunlight,” at Southport Galleries in Southport, CT.
Listen to episode five of The Relix Audio Hour here.
Episode Five: Mickey Hart & George Porter Jr.
In episode five of our podcast The Relix Audio Hour, producer and host Jesse Lauter moderates a conversation between Grateful Dead drummer and world music aficionado Mickey Hart and bassist George Porter Jr., founding member of New Orleans funk godfathers The Meters.
The two musicians delve deep into the relationship between bassist and drummer to form the rhythm section and foundation of a band, along a discussion on the different approaches taken by their respective legendary bands over the past 50 years, what sorts of music influenced them early on in their careers, and what it was like when they finally joined forces. The conversation took place backstage at this year’s LOCKN’ Festival, just before members of Dead & Company—including Hart—joined Porter Jr. and Foundation of Funk on stage for a few tunes.
This episode of the podcast also includes a coda with keyboardist Robert Walter, who takes us through the space and sci-fi influences on his new album with his band 20th Congress, Spacesuit.
Listen to episode five of The Relix Audio Hour here.
Episode Four: Courtney Barnett, Lola Kirke & Howlin’ Rain
In episode four of our podcast The Relix Audio Hour, Courtney Barnett discusses her new album, Tell Me How You Really Feel with Relix’s Editor-in-Chief Mike Greenhaus.
Also in this episode: Lola Kirke gives a track-by-track breakdown on the writing and recording of her record, Heart Head West, and Ethan Miller of Howlin’ Rain explores the collision of science, chance and magic that allowed for his latest LP, The Alligator Bride, to exist.
Listen to episode four of The Relix Audio Hour here:
Episode Three: John Mayer and Eric Krasno
In episode three of our podcast The Relix Audio Hour, we present a conversation between two guitarists, John Mayer and Eric Krasno, recorded backstage at this past weekend’s LOCKN’ Festival in Arrington, VA. The episode is the first in our “Conversations with Kraz” series, in which the Soulive guitarist invites musicians to speak about their craft.
Mayer, who was onsite to play four sets with Dead & Company (along with a couple guest spots), and Krasno, who shared the stage with Mayer on Saturday as the two sat in during Krasno former band Lettuce’s late-night Jerry Garcia Band tribute, begin their sprawling discussion on the topic of songwriting, with both covering their differing approaches to the craft throughout their careers. The conversation then shifts, apropos to their LOCKN’ surroundings, to the guitarists’ appreciation and discovery of the music of the Grateful Dead, along with their love of musicians like Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan (and lamenting the lack of guitar heroes who made it past 40). The duo also jokes throughout about various guitar minutiae, including how Mayer self-deprecatingly describes some of his onstage work:
“That’s what I call practicing on stage: You play a lick that you almost landed, then you just start taking stage time to basically try to nail a skateboard trick. It’s the guitar equivalent! Then you listen back to it, and you’re like, ‘Oh, no!’”
Listen to episode three of The Relix Audio Hour here:
Episode Two: David Fricke and Don Was
The second episode of our podcast The Relix Audio Hour details a riveting conversation between producer Don Was and rock critic David Fricke.
The Q&A delves into Was’ studio work with legends like The Rolling Stones and Gregg Allman, as well as producing tribute concerts with artists like Ryan Adams and his tenure as the head of Blue Note Records. It was recorded live at the second annual Relix Live Music Conference at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl.
“My style of production is to work with artists who I have tremendous respect for,” Was tells Fricke, who is best known as an editor at Rolling Stone and a contributor to Relix.
Listen to episode two of The Relix Audio Hour here:
Episode One: Leon Bridges
“This is a podcast for music lovers like you and me, and we hope to turn you on to some cool things along the way,” host/producer Jesse Lauter explains in episode one of The Relix Audio Hour.
Our debut episode has something for everyone: Leon Bridges discusses the making of his highly-anticipated album, Good Thing with Bill Murphy; contributing writer Jesse Jarnow reviews Bob Weir & Phil Lesh’s recent tour, where they “stripped-down” the Grateful Dead catalog with guests Trey Anastasio (Phish) and Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan); and finally, Phish’s songwriter Tom Marshall, along with RJ Bee, explain their new venture, the Osiris Podcast Network. Our theme music is provided courtesy of keyboard extraordinaire Marco Benevento.
“Welcome to debut episode of The Relix Audio Hour,” Relix editor Dean Budnick tells the listener. “Just as that name has a classic feel, we hope the content will similarly reflect the timeless, enduring nature of all we do at Relix magazine and over at our websites Relix.com and Jambands.com.”
Listen to episode one of The Relix Audio Hour here: