Trey Tour – Winter 2001

8.7.08 Brooklyn (Unknown)

After Phish finished at Shoreline in 2000, Trey’s motor kept running. Continuing to write new material, he soon needed an outlet to play it and booked a spontaneous solo tour for the Winter of 2001. For a backing band, he looked to his his trio from the Spring of 1999. Pulling his rhythm section of Tony Markelis and Russ Lawton back together for his second tour ever, this time Trey added a three-piece horn section as well. Dave Grippo (alto sax) of Giant Country Horns fame,) young Jen Hartswick (trumpet, tuba) and Andy Moroz (trumpet) formed the Burlington-based trio that spiced up Trey’s jams all tour long. Adding a genuine fusion dynamic to the band’s rhythm-focused grooves, this initial horn lineup meshed immediately with the Trey, Tony, and Ray, forming, in my opinion, the best-ever incarnation of The Trey Anastasio Band.

Winter 2001 Poster

To his Spring 1999 staples of “Sand,” Jibboo,” and “First Tube,” Trey added new songs such as “Push On Til the Day,” “Burlap Sack and Pumps,” and “Drifting.” Trey ditched his acoustic set in favor of two electric throw-downs and the band hit the road in February for a slate of ten shows (adding one more on the spot in Atlanta after an unexpectedly high for the first.) Starting in the Northeast, the band wound their way south, finishing with a fierce four-pack in Asheville, NC, Columbia, SC, and two at The Fox in Atlanta. Spicing their sets with new covers, this version of Trey’s band featured musical conversations rather than Trey simply shredding over a thick groove. As opposed to the horns of modern-day TAB who have more composed lines, Grippo, Hartswick, and Moroz improvised right along with Trey through the fiercest and most explosive escapades, upping the onstage dynamic considerably while bringing an entirely new element to Trey’s jams.

Philadelphia 2010 (B.Ferguson)

Philadelphia 2010 (B.Ferguson)

So many musical passages stood out on this tour, but if one jam shined as the quintessential TAB 2001 excursion, it was “Sand > Quadraphonic Toppling” from Columbia, South Carolina. Delving deep into fusion psychedelia, the band threw down an extended series of textured dance grooves that were spiced considerably by horn improvisation. And then evoking memories of Big Cypress, Trey led the band through the abstract “Quadraphonic Toppling,” playing—and looping—the song’s minimalist melody himself.

Trey’s sextet existed for just a blip in time, playing only the winter’s eleven shows together. When Trey emerged with his band for the summer of 2001, he had added Ray Paczkowski on keyboards for the first time, as well as a fourth horn player, Russell Remington, on tenor sax and flute. The following summer, this lineup only grew, as Trey went on to explore Afro-Cuban grooves. But for a spontaneous stretch in the winter of 2001, Trey was discovering the power of his solo act, and his shows contained a palpable energy, bringing a buzz to the scene. Phish was done—for the moment—but Trey’s solo career was beginning to heat up.


Jam of the Day:

A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing” 6.19.04 II

One of the top-shelf jams of the post-hiatus era.




4.12.1991 Barrymore Theatre, Madison, Wisconsin SBD

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Barrymore Theatre - 1991

Keeping the old-school soundboard train rolling.

I: Llama, Uncle Pen, The Divided Sky, Guelah Papyrus, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg, Stash, Rocky Top, Golgi Apparatus

II: The Landlady, Runaway Jim, You Enjoy Myself, Fluffhead, Cavern, Tela, Buried Alive, Reba, My Sweet One, Good Times Bad Times

E: Contact > Big Black Furry Creature from Mars, The Squirming Coil

Source: SBD

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429 Responses to “Trey Tour – Winter 2001”

  1. kayatosh Says:

    “teach me not to look at pictures of bo derek! damn, she’s hot, though.”

    dang, phoamm. you are old school. Bo’s 54 now.

  2. phoammhead Says:

    now, if i could only clean the virus out of my body

    maybe bo derek would make me feel better . . . ya think!

  3. phoammhead Says:

    ^she’s still hot at 54, but who said those were the pics i was lookin’ at 😉

  4. kayatosh Says:

    i kid, phoam. i don’t know bout the is, but was hot, for sure.

  5. KWL Says:

    WTF!? right in front of the ‘Fluffhead’ sign is a ‘Go Amherst’ sign! Can’t. Escape.


  6. kayatosh Says:

    shorted and lived to tell about it. out and done for the day. where are my sneakers?

  7. kenny powers Says:

    that is an awesome story Sumo. Trey sounds like he has boundless energy.

  8. phoammhead Says:

    bo derek = timeless beauty

  9. BabyBigPerm Says:

    Hey guys,
    Anyone know about the TAB show in Philly and avaialbility of tix? Couldn’t find anyone to go with me since they are all teachers and I am abt an 1:45 away from E Factory. Tix out there? Thinking I’ll go solo.

  10. voopa Says:


  11. kayatosh Says:

    babybig: i plan on going but also have no tix. Glad to hear some BBers will be gathering. been listening to 2010 TAB and getting fired up.

  12. kayatosh Says:

    time to walk. peace. watch the movie – train, wine, and money. peace.

  13. BTB Says:

    7/23/1999 – Columbus, OH

    During Meatstick, Trey announces Big Cypress and attempt to break the world record of people dancing at the same time (74,000 people doing the “chicken”)… then claims the Meatstick dance is “sweeping the nation” lol

    Proceeds to teach the crowd the meatstick – Page left singing. Readicculus lightening storm ensues.

    I love this band

  14. BingosBrother Says:

    “bo derek = timeless beauty”

    Word. 24, 54, 74. I’d aqua all those Bo Dereks. Probably not my go to material with all of the internet at my disposal though.

  15. KWL Says:

    does that mean bo derek is your cousin?

  16. Chuck sweD Says:

    yo, bingos, does your cousin got any grand-daughters on the market?

  17. angryjoggerz Says:

    “I’d Aqua all those Bo Dereks.” – llfa

  18. Phamily Berzerker Says:


    If you a still lurking around. I dropped you an email on Monday. Sometimes gmail hangs it in the junk folder. just wanted to ensure you got it. If you are plumb out of ideas for guidnac e that is cool as well.

    let me know.

  19. BingosBrother Says:

    “does that mean bo derek is your cousin?”

    No, I just pretend that she is to make the fantasy hotter.

  20. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    if any of y’all want to and can hop on to help seed the Trey 2001 torrent, that’d be like super cool and stuff. 3 seeders on a 30GB torrent makes for a loooong wait!

  21. Lycanthropist Says:

    @Phamily B

    you got mail

  22. Kaveh Says:

    @T3: I jumped on and am downloading to help seed.

  23. Aquaman Says:


    If I could at work, I would.

  24. halcyon Says:

    anyone here a fan of gregory alan isakov? mellow, haunting, and visual.

    If I Go, I am Goin is haunting

  25. Aquaman Says:

    If I could at work, I’d “cousin” that seed.

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