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

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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. Mr. Palmer Says:

    bunch of commies. 🙂 Now i have to throw out my american flag tie? Thats bs.

  2. albert walker Says:

    nice Voop

    I mean I love a mean pair of american flag zubaz as much as the next guy

    and who doesn’t like to show their love of America with a nice stars and stripes bandanna

    but you got to live be the fucking code
    without rules we are fucked

  3. albert walker Says:

    these colors don’t run bitches!

  4. albert walker Says:

    NYSE getting sold to the Germans

    WTF Palmer

  5. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I know. So fucked up. Amazing how fast that place went from an american institution to German? My boys who are seat owners don’t care. They can finally get paid. Dopes could have sold 1/3 of their shares (80k per seat )in the $90s at one point. lucky to get $40.

  6. angryjoggerz Says:

    lol @ zubaz

  7. sumodie 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 have friends here in western mass that would kill to get DSL since they’re still stuck using dial-up.

  8. albert walker Says:

    it’s def a shame

    all the growth is in options and futures and electronic exchanges

    should be interesting to see what happens to the exchanges here in CHicago

  9. Selector J Says:

    @voopa & aw
    One exception.

    no comment

  10. angryjoggerz Says:

    you know what I am talking aboot

  11. voopa Says:

    Hmm…Cap’t Trips…dunno how much Jerry knew about the flag code. That is probably a violation, but I may give him a pass…

  12. angryjoggerz Says:

    Captain Tripps in the motherfucking place

  13. angryjoggerz Says:

    sorry, may have had a glass of wine

  14. mitch Says:

    Sumo, that’s western mass not Boston. Diff ballgame. More ranting about being in one of the major cities and relying on 1.5 down split between 4 roommates. It’s really cut into my downloading. Gotta make a script that opens torrent stuff at midnight and close at 7am. Laaaame.

  15. mitch Says:

    Aj, I know what you are talking about.

  16. voopa Says:

    mitch- some torrent programs will automatically adjust your speeds during pre-determined hours.

  17. BTB Says:

    Jaw Harp – i’ve officially heard it all now

  18. Gavinsdad Says:

    Cap’n trips. Dude hated the name but I loved the dude.

    Show me something built to last

    (new jersey)

  19. Gavinsdad Says:

    BTB – you getting some tab in? You still need to be in NYC as often?

  20. angryjoggerz Says:

    Anyone every check out Electric Flag? This may be common knowledge, but new to me (heard about it on NPR today, so yeah, not so rare or anything)

  21. Gavinsdad Says:

    Buddy miles Electric Flag @AJ? Al Walker prob has that shit on the vinyls

  22. angryjoggerz Says:

    yeah! NPR had a feature on Mike Bloomfield today, was pretty interesting. Made me realize how little I know about the roots of some of the music I love. The older I get the dumber I realize I am.

  23. Gavinsdad Says:

    My big problem is that I hardly own/have any of the music that I know. I just don’t have a collector gene. So I’ve heard stuff etc, lots of periods in my life ive dug into all sorts of tunes, but I don’t have it all anymore. That the bummer. KP or one of these torrent psychos needs to cast a spell on me. In the end I’d just prefer to be in a dim room dancing to most of it anyway.

  24. Gavinsdad Says:

    Nite keedz

  25. Gavinsdad Says:

    Nightswimming/deserves a quiet night

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