UPDATE (6/13 11:50AM): The Hands On A Hardbody original cast recording will be released digitally on July 9 followed by a physical release on August 13 via Sh-K-Boom Records.
Earlier this week the track listing for the Hands On A Hardbody original cast recording surfaced. The Tony-nominated score was written by Broadway vet Amanda Green and Phish front man Trey Anastasio. Songs included in the show ranged from gospel (Joy Of The Lord) to ballads (I’m Gone) to rock (My Problem Right There). A few tunes have been played by Phish in concert, namely My Problem Right There and Burn That Bridge while some of Stronger is derived from the Phish song Joy.
As of April, the HOAHB cast recording was due in June, though label Sh-K-Boom Records lists “TBA” for the release date. Hands On A Hardbody ran on Broadway for a total of 56 performances before closing on April 13th. The musical is now expected to run at regional theaters such as St. Louis’s New Line Theatre which will show Hands On A Hardbody May 29 – June 21, 2014.
Here’s a look at the tracklisting and bonus track for the HOAHB original cast recording…
Each weeknight since 1975, PBS has aired an evening news program called NewsHour. One week ago today, as Trey Anastasio was in the middle of rehearsals for his performance with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Phish front man sat for an interview that will air soon on PBS NewsHour.
Senior Correspondent Jeffrey Brown conducted the interview. Prior to the interview, the NewsHour solicited questions for Trey from Phish fans via Facebook. Keep your eyes on HT and producer Mike Melia’s Twitter feed as he’ll keep us posted on when the feature will air.
UPDATE: The piece will air on July 2 and after that PBS will share the entire 30-minute interview on their website.
This past Friday night Trey Anastasio and his solo band ventured to the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, Maryland to play two sets at DelFest. TAB hasn’t welcomed many guests over the years, so the band’s appearance at DelFest was quite unusual in that Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury, Rob McCoury and Jason Carter sat in with them for two songs towards the start of the second set while the two younger McCourys and Carter also guested on the two-song encore.
Anastasio has a long history with DelFest host Del McCoury, whom the Phish front man counts as an influence. As Trey explained at the festival, he was introduced to Del’s music from Aquarium Rescue Unit mandolinist Matt Mundy during a tour Phish did with ARU in the early ’90s. Phish started covering Del’s Beauty Of My Dreams in 1997 and then brought the Del McCoury Band to their Camp Oswego festival in 1999. Not only did the Del McCoury Band perform on one of the side stages at Camp Oswego, they also sat in for four songs with Phish during the first set of the July 18, 1999 show at the Oswego County Airport. Del and his boys also guested with Phish at the June 22, 2000 show in Antioch, Tennessee. Even TAB has a history with the Del McCoury Band as the bluegrass legend’s band sat in on three songs at Trey’s February 25, 2010 show.
At DelFest, Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury, Rob McCoury and Jason Carter emerged after the Gotta Jibboo second set opener for takes on I’m Blue, I’m Lonesome and Beauty Of My Dreams. The encore of Black Dog and Heavy Things featured Ronnie, Rob and Jason. We’ve compiled audio of all the sit-ins thanks to Rob Clarke’s audience recording and have come across a few videos from TAB @ DelFest. Also, we’ll share a batch of photos from the TAB set at DelFest courtesy of Matthew Hebert.
As I wrote about for JamBase, Phish front man Trey Anastasio made his 2013 orchestral debut last night at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Anastasio performed with the National Symphony Orchestra and mixed Phish staples with tunes from his solo repertoire at the two-set show.
[Photo by Matty B]
While much has been made of a fan who interrupted the show, let’s not forget what the evening was really about – the music. With that, watch Trey Anastasio and the NSO perform You Enjoy Myself…
The fourth annual Hangout Music Fest took place this past weekend on the sandy beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. On Friday we mentioned that MTV would be webcasting many performances from Hangout, but on Saturday they changed the schedule and knocked off a number of the acts we were most excited to see including Tom Petty, The Black Crowes and Stevie Wonder. They did however webcast plenty of music and we’ve assembled a batch of them for your viewing enjoyment.
Here’s nearly all of the Trey Anastasio Band’s set…
Today marks Phish keyboardist Page McConnell’s 50th Birthday and we’ve been celebrating over at JamBase by presenting a list of our 15 Favorite Page-sung Phish One-Timers as well as by sharing the thoughts of jam scene keyboardists Marco Benevento, Matt McDonald, Jason Crosby and Joel Cummins about Page’s influence on their playing. I wanted to make sure HT got in on the act, so we’ll bend the rules on the “full show” part of our Full Show Friday column this week.
My favorite Page McConnell musical experience outside of Phish has to be the night both he and Trey Anastasio performed on three songs with the Allman Brothers Band as part of the group’s 40th Anniversary Run at the Beacon Theatre on March 12th, 2009. At the end of that evening’s first set Page and Trey emerged, along with guitar legend Buddy Guy, to perform Southbound with the Allmans. Then, to kickoff the second set, McConnell and Anastasio added their talents to otherworldly versions of I Know You Rider and In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed.
The entire run was webcast via Butch Trucks’ Moogis service and clips of all three songs have surfaced on YouTube for our viewing enjoyment. Besides the performances themselves, check out the beginning of the Rider to overhear a sweet chat between McConnell and Gregg Allman.
Here’s Southbound, followed by I Know You Rider and In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed…
Phish front man Trey Anastasio’s first foray into Broadway may not have been a success at the box office, but he’s doing just fine on the Awards Season front. Not only is he up for Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards, today he scored a nomination for the big prize – A Tony Award.
Hands On A Hardbody, which features music penned by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green, has been nominated in the Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre category. The shuttered musical also saw actress Keala Settle and actor Keith Carradine score Tony noms.
The Tony telecast will air on CBS June 9th at 8PM ET.
In other Phish news, JamBase.com has details of a new LivePhish release.
While Broadway musical Hands On A Hardbody didn’t last long on the Great White Way, the show has been holding its own in award season. Following a number of nominations for the Outer Circle Awards, Hands On A Hardbody has garned nine nods for the Drama Desk Awards. More specifically, Trey Anastasio – who penned the music for Hands On A Hardbody with Amanda Green – is up for the Outstanding Music Award as well as the Outstanding Orchestrations Award. Trey shares the nomination with Green for the former and with longtime collaborator Don Hart on the latter.
Hands On A Hardbody itself is up for the Outstanding Musical Award. Anastasio and Green face still competition in the Outstanding Music Award category including David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s Here Lies Love. The awards will be handed out at a ceremony in NYC on May 19th. We’ll see what happens tomorrow when noms for the Broadway Award Seasons biggest prize – The Tonys – are announced.
Last night Trey Anastasio’s four-show West Coast swing with TAB came to a close at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California. While we wait for a setlist to surface (we can confirm that the band didn’t repeat any songs from Friday’s sets on Saturday night), we wanted to share a batch of amazing videos from the two shows that were shot by our friend nowiknowyouryder.
The Trey Anastasio Band’s brief, four-show West Coast swing reached the Bay Area last night, where the Phish front man and his solo band played their first of two performances at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California. TAB focused on material from Anastasio’s self-titled debut and most recent album, Traveler, but also delivered scattered classics from throughout Trey’s solo career as well as a cover of O-o-h Child by The Five Stairsteps and a horn-driven version of Page McConnell’s Magilla.
Towards the end of the first set, Anastasio brought out trombonist Jeff Cressman, who was a member of Trey’s Undectet in the mid ’00s, to jam along with his daughter and current TAB member Natalie her signature song – Mozambique.
Here’s a look at last night’s setlist…
Set One: Drifting, Cayman Review, Alive Again, O-o-h Child, Magilla, Money Love and Change, Greyhound Rising, Scabbard, Mozambique*, Dark and Down, Push On Till The Day
Set Two: Sand, Valentine, Goodbye Head, Night Speaks To A Woman, Architect, Gone, Pigtail, Alaska, Traveler
Phish front man Trey Anastasio and his Trey Anastasio Band ensemble opened a brief four-show swing last night at the Moore Theatre in Seattle. Over the course of two lengthy sets, TAB delivered a mix of songs from each stage of Anastasio’s solo career as well as an acoustic romp through Wilson.
Before starting Wilson, Anastasio told the crowd it was a thrill to be in Seattle and mentioned that it’s a dream of his for fans to chant “Wilson” when Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson steps on the field. Trey said “use social media and tell your friends,” imploring fans to make it happen.
Green and Anastasio co-wrote the music for Hands On A Hardbody, which was based on a 1997 documentary of the same name. The musical ran for a total of 56 performances, with 28 during the preview period and 28 regular performances. The album is currently set for a June 2013 release.
Record Store Day 2013 takes place on April 20th, exactly one week from today. Among the exclusive Record Store Day releases you’ll be able to find, if you’re lucky (there’s only 1,200 copies up for sale), at your local independent record store will be a 7″ from Phish front man Trey Anastasio dubbed “Blue Ash And Other Suburbs.” Ever since we helped break the news on this release, there’s been little known about the four songs included within. Let’s run down what we know.
Blue Ash And Other Suburbs, a limited edition picture disc vinyl, contains outtakes from the Traveler sessions in Fall, 2011. All in all there are four songs on Blue Ash And Other Suburbs, each of which were co-produced by Anastasio and Peter Katis. Only one of the tunes has been played by the Trey Anastasio Band and that’s Gone which was also performed by Phish and included on the quartet’s Party Time LP. Here’s the lyrics for Gone as well as a video from a live performance…
Of all the songs from Trey Anastasio’s latest release, Traveler, the one that translated best in the live setting, in our opinion, was Architect. Co-written with Steve “Dude of Life” Pollak, the song was a showcase for the light designer Marc Janowitz and thrived from the additions of Trey’s band.
Trey has just posted a video of Architect from his Jan. 23rd show at The Capitol Theatre to his official YouTube channel.The clip was directed by Eli Tishberg and mixed by Jon Altschiller. Take a look…
After years of hard work and many re-writes and rejiggering, Hands On A Hardbody finally debuted on Broadway last month. Sadly, it’s run won’t last too long as the producers of the musical, which features music written by Phish front man Trey Anastasio and Broadway veteran Amanda Green, have announced that HoaHB will close following this Saturday’s performance according to a report from the New York Times.
It’s too bad because it was an entertaining musical, but we can see how the story of Texans fighting for the right to take home a truck didn’t translate to the Great White Way. As for Big Red, regardless of the show’s short run, he accomplished his dream of writing music for a Broadway musical and no one can take that away from him. It also received a rave review from the New York Times, something that can’t be said of many musicals.
Reports surfaced last week that the musical was in trouble as New York Post theater scribe Michael Riedel warned HoaHB was losing nearly a quarter million dollars a week in an article posted in late March. According to the Times, the musical only took in 22% of the maximum possible amount it could garner over last week’s eight performances. In all, Hands On A Hardbody will have run for a total of 56 performances – 28 previews and 28 regular showings. Want to see HoaHB before it closes? “Rush” tickets are available at the box office for $32 the day of the show at the Brooks Atkinson Theater.