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Tea Leaf Green Quadruples Fan Base in One Hour
We spent the first day of the festival telling over a hundred people not to miss two bands they'd never heard of: Umphrey's McGee and Tea Leaf Green. Almost a thousand people turned out on a blazing sunny afternoon to see this small bar band from San Francisco who has never graced a stage half as large as the Showcase before. Beautifully crafted Steely Dan-esque songwriting by keyboardist Trevor "Professor T" Garrod meld perfectly with the searing guitar chops of Josh "Trey in the 80's" Clark and his jaw-dropping solos. I overheard three people in the crowd remark that these guys had the same raw power of a young Phish. Perhaps it is just Clark's guitar tone, because he plays that note - the loud, sustained guitar note that cuts through you and makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up on end. This kid can do that, he's got the tone and the chops. Ripping through material from their forthcoming release, Midnight on the Reservoir, with soon-to-be-classics like "Freedom," "If You Believe It, It Will Come True," and "Sex In the Seventies," Tea Leaf Green won so many new fans that they sold out of all the CDs they brought to the festival before the weekend was half over. Welcome to the "next level" boys!

[Published on: 7/17/01]

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