Midnight North Welcomes Phil Lesh In Nashville

By Nate Todd Jun 3, 2021 2:48 pm PDT

Phil Lesh joined his son Grahame Lesh’s band Midnight North on Wednesday night at the Exit/In in Nashville. The legendary Grateful Dead bassist emerged toward the end of the set to sit-in on Midnight North’s latest single “Coyote,” a Dead classic and more.

Midnight North kicked off the set with “Earthquakes” which will appear on their forthcoming album There’s Always A Story, set for release on July 21. The band then took it back a few years with their song “Playing A Poor Hand Well” from their 2017 album Under The Lights ahead of another Story single, “The Sailor & The Sea.” The first cover of the evening came in the form of Gillian Welch’s “Dry Town” and Midnight North also offered up a cover of The Marvin Gaye-popularized, The Band covered “Don’t Do It” ahead of a string of originals including “Highway Song,” “Miss M,” “Silent Lonely Drifter” and “Wild Card.”

Phil then made an appearance on the aforementioned “Coyote,” the latest single from There’s Always A Story, as well as “San Francisco Rain” from Midnight North’s 2013 debut album, End Of The Night. One way or another, a Grateful Dead song had to be coming and appeared in the form of the Workingman’s Dead classic “New Speedway Boogie.” While Phil disembarked as the band closed out the set with The Rolling Stones “Sway” and the title track to Under The Lights, the bassist reemerged for the encore, Midnight North’s “Greene Country.”

Watch a clip from “New Speedway Boogie” below via maxdirects:

Setlist (via Midnight North Instagram)

Set: Earthquakes, Playing A Poor Hand Well, The Sailor & The Sea, Dry Town, We’re Not Alone, Good Day, Don’t Do It (Marvin Gaye/The Band), Highway Song, Miss M, Silent Lonely Drifter, Wild Card, Coyote*, San Francisco Rain*, New Speedway Boogie*, Sway, Under The Lights

Encore: Greene County*

Notes:

*with PL

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