Audio | Trey Anastasio – Never
On December 7, 2014 at the State Theatre in Portland, Maine the Trey Anastasio Band unveiled a re-worked version of “Never,” a song written by the Phish frontman and Tom Marshall that was originally debuted by Phish at the Bridge School Benefit in 1998. Anastasio performed “Never” twice in 2005 after its Phish debut and then the song was never played again by any of the guitarist’s projects until that night in Portland. It would seem “Never” will appear on the new Trey Anastasio album, Paper Wheels, as a studio version of the song has been posted to Trey.com.
The pretty studio version of “Never” spans just over six minutes thanks in part to an extended guitar solo. TAB’s horn section of James Casey, Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman back Trey vocally with pretty harmonies throughout. Anastasio and Marshall’s 1997 demo of “Never” appears on Trampled By Lambs And Pecked By The Dove and Phish did lay down a version of their own at Bearsville Studios but the tune did not make the cut for 1998’s The Story Of The Ghost.
While there’s no text accompanying the studio version of “Never,” the widget below does feature the cover art for Paper Wheels. We’re still awaiting a release date and tracklist for the new Trey album, but Anastasio has already shared “Bounce” from the LP as well as another song presumed to be on Paper Wheels –“Speak To Me.”
Stream the studio version of “Never”:
Listen to the live version of “Never” that Trey Anastasio Band played in December:
[Hat Tip –@GMG720]