Ever since Furthur revealed they will take a hiatus for most of 2014, we've been
pondering the future for members of the band. We're hopeful Joe Russo re-
Marco Benevento for a batch of Benevento-Russo Duo gigs in 2014 and Les Claypool broke the news that Bob Weir plans to tour
RatDog so we know what he'll be up to with Jeff Chimenti. What about
Lesh? Earlier this week he revealed he won't be
touring in 2014, but that he'll play at his Terrapin Crossroads venues and inferred he'll
play a number of residencies with Phil & Friends. With that in mind we wanted to point
Phil Lesh friends over the next few months.
[Photo by Susan Weiand]
We started with Wilco guitarist Nels Cline and followed with Heartbreakers
Tench. Next up is guitarist Jake Cinninger of Umphrey’s McGee. Jaco
remarked, “Whenever I pick up my guitar, Jerry’s touch to the
instrument comes to mind.
delicate nature of his playing always helps me relax when I start digging into my axe too
hard. His incredibly clean and
ringing tones are an inspiration for clarity and simplicity. Jerry is one of my favorite
guitarists because he could hodge-
podge so many styles effortlessly; he will forever have his musical fingerprint on my
When this column was launched, Cinninger was the first person that came to my mind, not
just because of his virtuoso-level skills on the guitar, but also for the often-overlooked
other powerful instrument in his arsenal - his voice. Though vocal contributions to his
originals can often be on the goofier side (examples: "40's Theme," "Mulche's Odyssey"),
Jake also possesses a more serious tone to his vocals as displayed in originals such as
"Passing" or "Memories of Home." He can also blow the doors off a classic rock cover as is
evidenced by his lead vocal duties on Umphrey's versions of Marshall Tucker Band's "Can't
You See" and The Who's "Eminence Front."
Phil and Jake have crossed musical paths twice thus far. Lesh joined
at their show on October 22, 2004 at
San Francisco's Great American Music Hall for a performance of "Franklin's Tower." UM
would once again
welcome Phil for "Franklin's" four
months later when they opened for Phil & Friends on February 12, 2005 (a Mardi Gras
at Bill Graham Civic
Auditorium, again in San Francisco, but this time Phil would also take over bass duties
for UM original "Partyin'
Audio from 2-12-2005
In more recent history, UM played "Help On The Way > Slipknot!" twice in 2012, but
neither time did "Franklin's
Tower" follow, but rather Tool's "Forty Six & 2" on April 27, 2012 and the Allman
Band's "Jessica" on Halloween.
Cinninger has also snuck a verse of "Crazy Fingers" into UM sets, once in 2008 and again in 2009.
Written By: David Onigman