The Spark of Trey’s Solo Career

2.16.10 - NYC (J.Orsillo)

I still remember getting the analog tape in the Spring of ’98. It was labeled “8 Foot Fluorescent Tubes,” the moniker of some local Burlington musicians Trey had assembled to play a single show at Higher Ground, a club in their home town. His band featured Russ Lawton on drums, Tony Markelis (formerly of The Unknown Blues Band) on bass, Tom Lawson of the punk outfit The Pants on a second guitar, and Heloise Williams of viperHouse on vocals. Together they ran through a stripped down set of Trey’s unplayed solo material before many more musicians joined them as The Burlington All-Stars for a second half filled with covers . But in that first set, Trey’s solo career was born.

The first two songs on the analog tape were labeled “Bing-Bong” and “Wee,” both referencing musical elements of the songs themselves. “Bing Bong” alluded to the climactic and repetitive chord change at the peak of the the song (words also sung by Williams)—a piece that would transform into “First Tube.” “Wee” alluded to Trey’s siren loops that started at the beginning a heavy groove, one of the strongest parts in the show, that would soon be known as “Sand.”Also performed in the set were the debuts of “Free Thought,” which would later appear as “Mozambique,” and a “jam” that would evolve into “Last Tube.” In between these songs, all that soon morphed into polished staples of Trey’s solo act in 1999, the band played four other pieces including the punk-inspired “Silicone Fairy” and a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground.”

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The band’s sound that night in April 1998 was raw, as this was the one and only show The 8 Foot Fluorescent Tubes ever played together. But something was there. Trey liked what he heard so much that he plucked the band’s rhythm section of Markelis and Lawton and brought them into The Barn to jam, thus beginning the the power trio—the first incarnation of The Trey Anastasio Band. The trio soon made their debut at the Very Special Arts Vermont benefit at Higher Ground, but would come together in earnest a year later, hitting the road as The Trey Anastasio Band in May of ’99. Touring in the same acoustic/electric format of Trey’s upcoming winter run, the trio threw down extended second sets filled with sweltering dance fury, in what were, perhaps, the most spectacular shredding guitar showcases Trey has ever played. But a year before he ever hit the road as a solo act—a project that would balloon to an eleven-member ensemble before returning to a quartet in 2008—Trey’s solo career was sparked with one under-the-radar gig in Burlington, Vermont.

Here’s the original setlist:

I. Bing Bong, Wee, Free Thought, Mr. Green Man, Naturally to Blame, In the Mood, Silicone Fairy, Jam > Higher Ground

Here’s the translation:

I. First Tube, Sand, Mozambique, Meatman, Shame, In the Mood, Silicone Fairy, Last Tube > Higher Ground

4.17.98 – “First Tube” debut


Jam of the Day:

Ghost > She Caught the Katy” 7.21.98 II

Before Worcester’s recent bust-0ut, the last version of “She Caught the Katy” came out of Desert Sky Pavilion’s “Ghost” during the summer of ’98.




4.11.1991 The Cave, Carleton College – Northfield, Minnesota SBD

Mp3 Torrent, Megaupload < Links

Carleton College

Here’s another ’91 SBD, famous for Fishman’s telling of “The Prison Joke” during the encore, not to mention plenty of on point playing throughout.

I: Runaway Jim, Cavern, Paul and Silas, Tweezer, Magilla, Dinner and a Movie, Bouncing Around the Room, Foam, Carolina, You Enjoy Myself, The Squirming Coil, Chalk Dust Torture

II: My Sweet One, Reba, Llama, TMWSIY  > Avenu Malkenu > TMWSIY, The Lizards,Split Open and Melt, Lawn Boy, The Landlady > Destiny Unbound, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove

E: Fee, HYHU > The Prison Joke > HYHU, Possum

Source: SBD

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567 Responses to “The Spark of Trey’s Solo Career”

  1. William H. Bonney Says:

    Go BOLTS off to watch the game check y’all later….:)

  2. Aquaman Says:

    with Stanley cup finals over at that point should be able to use the Forum in Tampa………..Oh and Canada if you need to visit the Stanley Cup let us know one of the U.S teams will let you check it out sometime…


    As Kornheiser says…….”Good Night Canada!”

    Of course you meant the Red Wings, right WHBonney? Although it is Bill Davidson who own the Lightning, yes? He’s a fellow Detroiter……

  3. butter Says:

    damn, the vid of the day is slick

    like how true to the groove everyone stays, allowing Red to shred

  4. phoammhead Says:

    anybody else’s phishthoughts connection and re-load running slow tonight?

  5. phoammhead Says:

    i’ve got a 100.6 temp – not good, peeps

    not on my death bed, but wouldn’t really mind if someone put me outta my misery, if you know what i mean

    second time i’ve been sick this winter – shit blows.

    i’m takin some cold and flu medicine and gonna watch unc v wake forest

    hopefully a boring game that will put me to sleep


  6. mitch Says:

    one of the best things about the indianapolis motor speedway is that they let you take a cooler. loud cars and wrecks are bonus to me getting hammered and getting a nice tan.

  7. mitch Says:

    phoam, i texted my roommate asking if he was torrenting cause its slow as dogshit. then again the inet in my new place blows so hard anyway its unreal.

  8. Selector J Says:

    No connection/re-load problems here @phoam.

    Streaming the UNC pre-game show. Carolina needs to put the Deacs away early.

  9. mitch Says:

    can you believe i live in brooklyn but because it was all industrial here they never ran lines and the best i can get is DSL? i couldnt. i didnt believe my roommate so i called all over. he was right.

  10. Selector J Says:

    There are a million NASCAR fans with waaaay better internet than you and your hipster friends @mitch.

  11. mitch Says:

    and for anyone at home wondering about clear, it was about the same as the dsl. nice but not crazy. would be cool for on the go tho.

  12. mitch Says:

    selector, i scored hampton tix online in queens at my last place. 8)

    its cause my neighborhood was older people so there were less straws in the well.

  13. Mr. Palmer Says:

    phoam- i was messed up here for a bit.

    spinning camden night 2 set 2. Shit is the heat. Chalk>Caspian, then 2001> Light. $$$ shot.

  14. willowed Says:

    I just revisited the 7-Below frrm Woosta
    Man is that an uplifiting jam. It fit perfectly for that crowd that night. All the shit we had to go thru to get to that place. Blizzards and what have you.

    That jam was a celebration of all thats good in life.

    Wow. So good.

  15. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Is there a meetup in place for T5 next week?

    On the verge of grabbing a stub but (other than a BB meetup) would be flying solo. I promise I won’t mess up any of the lyrics during the first set singalong.

  16. willowed Says:

    Only Boston for me Duke

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Duke – last year we met a place called barnine, but i think it might be closed now.

    This place is somewhat close i believe.

  18. ben Says:

    wow, i don’t know i missed this. for some reason, i’ve never heard of this. that or i had, just never got kicked the tapes, and forgot about it. either way, it’s sure as hell interesting. very cool….bravo.

  19. verno329 Says:

    Anyone else checked out the Utica video from the Traders Den? Really good shit. The Antelope closer is up next. Frickin’ sweet.

  20. Lycanthropist Says:

    workin on pullin it now…

    gettting a real slow download rate on it

  21. Leo Weaver Says:

    @AW…no offense taken here at all. I thought your initial comment was pretty funny, just had to bust your balls a little re: herb. My comment re: accent may have sounded testy or defensive to some, but it was intended in jest in my slightly skewed sense of humor (maybe a 😉 would’ve been appropriate). Add the fact that so much gets lost in translation via intrawebs…it’s hard for me to come across the right way without the animated tone and face and hand gestures that accompany my speech. I get a kick out of the stereotypes and how they’re thrown around…it’s silly really, and amusing to play along sometimes. OTOH, sometimes it’s good to refute those stereotypes or change attitudes, which is usually pretty easy to do on a personal basis. Like WHB notes, it gets me when people down here bitch about it or when someone moves here and uses those stereotypes re: the “natives.” Unfortunately I hear it a lot here in Charlotte. I just have to shake my head sometimes re: broad brush strokes because it can be pretty comical. Like you, I don’t think much of the rednecks and racists that have generally given the south a bad name. So yeah, no worries man. I look forward to introducing you to some fine southern herb and hospitality…proper. I’ll even kick down a heady local IPA 😉

  22. Lycanthropist Says:

    Leo knows how to entertain that is for sure..

  23. angryjoggerz Says:

    Speaking of Canada, Selector – your confusion about US geography may stem from your roots, being a french canadian and all.

  24. voopa Says:

    willowed – sorry if I got you going earlier…I tend to push the buttons of the people I like the most

    aw – totally agree w/you re: flag wearers. Read the code, bitches! (8d)

    I think the same should apply to Old Navy flag sweatshirts and the rest too.

  25. voopa Says:

    And what’s with putting a US flag sticker on your car? Thanks, I know what fucking country this is.

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