Tonight was a surreal evening for God Street Wine fans as the band returned after a 19-month layoff to play the first of six shows marking their latest reunion: a free webcast originating from Bob Weir’s TRI Studios. The HT faves performed their 1994 album $1.99 Romances in its entirety and jammed with their host on a batch of covers as well as one of their own tunes.
[Screenshots of Tri Studios Webcast]
When the band took the stage with Princess Henrietta followed by Mile By Mile and Nightingale, a pattern started to emerge. As Thirsty came next it was clear God Street Wine was replicating the track list of their major label debut – $1.99 Romances. GSW tackled their most well-known album song-by-song until they had played the entire 14-track LP. While most tunes were performed in a similar fashion to the album, guitarist Lo Faber strapped on an acoustic for a slow-tempo take on Molly. Also, one-time GSW member Jason Crosby, who joined his old mates for the whole show, played fiddle and dueled with Faber during Wendy.
Set: Princess Henrietta, Mile By Mile, Nightingale, Thirsty, Stone House, Molly, The Ballroom, Run To You, Crazy Head, Hammer & A Spike, Wendy, Imogene, Tina’s Town, Into The Sea, Candyman*, Feel Like A Stranger*, Cassidy*, And It Stoned Me^, Epilog*
* – w/ Bob Weir
^ – w/ Bob Weir and Shanna Morrison
Faber strode to the mic after $1.99 Romances and welcomed TRI proprietor Bob Weir. Weir, who had jammed with God Street Wine on Jam Cruise, led the group through Grateful Dead classics Candyman, Feel Like A Stranger and Cassidy. For a finale, Weir stuck around while vocalist Shanna Morrison came out for a cover of her father’s (Van Morrison) And It Stoned Me. When urged by their host for just one more, God Street Wine complied with their own Epilog. GSW heads over to Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley for shows on Friday and Saturday.
Here’s more images from God Street Wine at TRI Studios…