View Jennifer Hartswick & Grahame Lesh’s Stunning ‘Morning Dew’ Phil & Friends Duet

See Grahame and JHa, with help from Natalie Cressman, sing the Grateful Dead staple cover.

By Nate Todd Oct 25, 2022 3:00 pm PDT

Phil Lesh & Friends continued their nine-show residency at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York this past weekend. On Saturday, Grahame Lesh teamed with Jennifer Hartswick, with help from Natalie Cressman, to sing “Morning Dew.”

Folk artist Bonnie Dobson penned the post-apocalyptic “Morning Dew” in the early 1960s. The Grateful Dead adapted it for a rock ensemble and premiered it at the famed Human Be-In on January 14, 1967 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and also included it on their self-titled debut album released that same year. The song remained a staple cover for the band for the rest of their tenure.

Along with Grahame and Hartswick, the Phil Lesh & Friends lineup last weekend consisted of Goose guitarist Rick Mitarotonda, MMW keyboardist John Medeski, longtime Phil drummer John Molo and Jen and Natalie’s fellow Trey Anastasio Band horn section member saxophonist James Casey. The performance of “Morning Dew” saw Grahame and JHa sharing vocals duties on the first couple verses before Rick and Medeski offered solos. James also delivered great sax throughout. For the final verses, Grahame and Hartswick harmonized together with help from Cressman ahead of the song’s crescendo coda.

Watch fan-shot footage of Phil Lesh & Friends performing “Morning Dew” below:


00:00:00
markcjaffe (See 2 videos)
Phil Lesh & Friends (See 257 videos)

Loading tour dates

  • Phil Lesh & Friends Launch October Capitol Theatre Residency: Setlists, Video & Audio

    Phil Lesh & Friends Launch October Capitol Theatre Residency: Setlists, Video & Audio 

  • Watch Mikaela Davis, Ivan Neville & Other Phil Lesh Friends Swap Verses On ‘The Weight’

    Watch Mikaela Davis, Ivan Neville & Other Phil Lesh Friends Swap Verses On ‘The Weight’ 

  • Watch Mikaela Davis Lead Harp-Infused ‘Bird Song’ With Phil Lesh & Friends

    Watch Mikaela Davis Lead Harp-Infused ‘Bird Song’ With Phil Lesh & Friends 

  • Phil Lesh Teams With Goose’s Rick Mitarotonda, TAB Horns, John Medeski & More At Capitol Theatre

    Phil Lesh Teams With Goose’s Rick Mitarotonda, TAB Horns, John Medeski & More At Capitol Theatre 

JamBase Collections