tour in 1994, the quartet invited "Reverend" Jeff Mosier to tour
them for a
handful of Midwest shows in November. Not only did Mosier perform with the band at a
number of concerts, he also spent lots of time teaching them about bluegrass.
That week Mosier brought his video camera with him and documented his experience.
seven years ago he dusted off his tapes and shared the resulting footage with the
Rev. Jeff Mosier put together some thoughts about the footage that was shared when it
After 11 years I pull out this video and look back in awe at the bravery and
these four guys called “Phish”. I taped the sessions so they could watch it back as
of our lessons and so I could learn some of their tunes as well. I met them in '89
my days with ARU. The video was shot to aide in teaching them how to work around one
and to show them that their feet weren’t tapping ! Hee.
They had a real desire and hunger to learn bluegrass the old fashioned way. I think
infused a lot of laughter and zambi like joy together which helped them create their
humble approach to bluegrass. It was like old times back with ARU. At the time I was
working with Alzheimer's patients and doing a lot of theater. In '93 I had played
them in Atlanta at the Roxy, but I had no idea how “big” they had gotten since then.
“Hoist” was great for bluegrass music. Time will only tell what influence Phish’s
in bluegrass did to forward the progression of bluegrass experimentation that
the music until now through so many bands that got their “call of permission” from
Like “Old and in the Way” did to forward the music to new fans, “Phish” took it to
next generation by including bluegrass in just a few shows in these few shows. “Jerry
affected” music is what I call the music of the GD. I think we are all “Grateful Dead
cover bands” of sorts whether we admit it or not, once we realize that the GD created
genre and were not just a band. Phish kept it going like nobody else had ever done or
ever will. We owe them much for keeping that spirit alive.
This footage speaks volumes to the child-like joy that must exist inside of music and
inside of bands. Their curiosity for something new, continuing education, playing new
instruments, and respect for the pioneers of the genre, gave Phish the credibility
needed to “pull off” bluegrass in front of thousands of reverent and loving fans.
for those fans. The real fans. This is for all people who love and understand the
civilizing power of music. This is to inspire thousands to hopefully upgrade their
simply learning to play a musical instrument.
Phish did this tour and this music without any concern over “bluegrass chops” or any
concern over their own ego. They even “Phished” bluegrass with that wonderful vibe
have. They didn’t have to do bluegrass, but they did. They laughed at themselves and
had some of the greatest laughs and times I have ever had. This time with them
my own desire to play rock again and helped me really appreciate bluegrass, even
had grown up with it. The true spirit of “Hamptonian Zambi Vibe” was there on every
! May it simply inspire you. Let music into your life like they did. Learn music.
music. It can save you on every level and it can save this fear ridden planet and
all hope again. Like nothing else on earth music is drugs.
With that, let's watch Phish - 1994 Bluegrass Sessions Documentary:
1. The Old Home Place (on stage before 11.14.94 - cam audio)
2. David Bowie (11.14.94 - Neumann KM140 Source)
3. David Bowie cont.
4. Y-Rushalaym-Schel Zahav (Cam Audio kept)
5. Slave to the Traffic Light (Back to Neumann source)
7. The Old Home Place (Back to Cam)
8. Nellie Cane
9. Sweet Adeline
10. I'm Blue and I'm Lonesome (Dressing room before 11.16.94 - Cam audio until
11. Nellie Cane_Other backstage footage before 11.16_Sample in a Jar (AKG 460/ck61
12. Mike's Song
13. My Sweet One (on tourbus 11.17.94 - cam audio)
14. Mike jamming, Page eating (tourbus - 11.18.94 - cam)
15. Pulling into East Lansing (tourbus - 11.18.94 - cam)
16. Sweet Baby's Arms w/ Rev. Jeff Mosier (11.18.94 - Unknown Audience Source)
17. Runaway Jim
18. Backstage antics before 11.19.94
19. Golgi Apparatus (11.19.94 - Cam audio - Audience source was missing the beginning
20. Aftershow - Trying to get out of the parking lot after the jam (Cam)
21. Trey and Kuroda at the lighting rig before 11.20.94 (Cam)
22. Backstage right before taking the stage for 11.20.94 (Cam)
23. Chalkdust Torture (11.20.94 - Nak cm300 Source)
25. Scent of a Mule
26. If I Could