The Art Of The Sit-In | Tom Hamilton

The Dossier

Here are five performances worth seeking out from the past six months that highlight Tom Hamilton.

American Babies, Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY - 10/7/2013 The Babies’ most recent Brooklyn Bowl residency was a fun mélange of guests, themes and wicked jams. This night brought the Disco Biscuits’ Jon Gutwillig into the mix for an extended run of songs the Jerry Garcia Band would often play. Check out this “Tangled Up in Blue” for sure.

American Babies, Southland Ballroom, Raleigh, NC - 11/15/2013 A sleeper Babies show with tasty helpings of Dylan, the Dead and Pink Floyd in the midst of inspired jamming.

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Capitol Theater, Port Chester, NY - 12/27/2013 Nope, not a fluke – the JRAD corps worked up Dead magic similar to their first show together 11 months earlier. And Hamilton and Scott Metzger sure work well together as a guitar tandem.

Jam Cruise - 1/7/2014 As Hamilton describes above, he took over the Magic Hat Solar Stage slot originally intended for Brock Butler and worked up a wild one with Aron Magner, John Morgan Kimock, Steve Kimock, and first Chris Chew, then George Porter Jr. on bass. JamBase Editor Scott Bernstein detailed this set here.

American Babies, Woodland’s, Columbus, OH - 1/17/2014 A terrific illustration of the Babies’ improvisational leanings, weaving in and out of band staples like “Winter War Games” and plenty of segues, including the set-closing run from “Old Fashioned” into “Winter War Games” and then closing off the “Scarlet Begonias” that had begun more than an hour earlier.

[Published on: 2/20/14]

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