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