Bahamas Launches ‘Live To Tape’ Series Backed By The 400 Unit
Afie Jurvanen, who performs and records as Bahamas, kicked off his Live To Tape livestream series on Saturday backed by Jason Isbell‘s band, The 400 Unit. Bahamas and The 400 Unit, along with guitarist/musical director Dan Knobler played five Bahamas originals to start the series.
Each pre-recorded installment of Live To Tape will see Jurvanen perform from his hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia remotely with some of his favorite artists from such locales as Nashville, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Perth and Toronto. The lineup for the series includes a mix of legendary musicians who played on iconic albums and contemporary artists.
Future episodes will include Bahamas teaming with Wylie Gelber and Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes, Australia’s Teskey Brothers, Gus Seyffert (Beck, Adele) and Joey Waronker (REM, Atoms for Peace) featuring Lucius plus Bob Glaub (Jackson Browne, Rod Stewart) and Russ Kunkle (Jackson Browne, Lyle Lovett). Jurvanen also recorded a session with The Secret Sisters and famed Nashville studio musicians guitarist Russ Pahl, bassist Dave Roe and drummer Gene Chrisman. Next up for Live To Tape is an episode featuring Bahamas and The Teskey Brothers on Saturday, January 30.
Bahamas and Knobler paired up remotely with The 400 Unit — guitarist Sadler Vaden, bassist Jimbo Hart, keyboardist Derry DeBorja and drummer Chad Gamble — in Nashville. The set began with “I Got You Babe” from 2012’s Barchords and continued with “Little Record Girl” off 2014’s Bahamas Is Afie.
The musicians then collaborated on “Trick To Happy,” a song from the latest Bahamas LP, Sad Hunk that Jurvanen discussed on a recent episode of The JamBase Podcast. Bahamas and The 400 Unit stuck with Sad Hunk for “Up With The Jones” before concluding the inaugural Live To Tape by performing Bahamas Is Afie track “All The Time.”
Watch Bahamas and The 400 Unit’s Live To Tape set below via the JamBase Live Video Archive (JBLVA):