Phil Lesh & Friends Honor Brent Mydland With Rare ‘Blow Away’ Cover

By Scott Bernstein Aug 21, 2016 11:48 am PDT

On Friday afternoon Phil Lesh & Friends played a free set of music in the backyard of Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, California as part of the “Summer Songs On The Back Porch” concert series. Phil was joined by guitarists Stu Allen, Elliott Peck and Alex Koford as well as keyboardist Scott Guberman for the drummer-less performance. One of the highlights came when Guberman led the group through Grateful Dead keyboardist Brent Mydland’s “Blow Away,” which is just one of a handful of times Phil has played the song since Brent died 26 years ago.

Guberman did his best Mydland impression with backup vocals provided by Stu Allen. Watch video provided by Scott Guberman’s YouTube page:

The set started with Stu singing the Gershwin classic “Summertime”:

Eliott Peck then fronted the group on Bob Dylan’s “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight”:

“Friend Of The Devil” was the afternoon’s first Dead cover and first song sung by Phil:

Koford showed on his vocal prowess on the powerful “Wharf Rat” that followed:

The upbeat “Might As Well” featured Stu Allen on vocals:

Peck stepped up once again to lead a cover of Gillian Welch’s “The Way It Goes”:

A double-dose of Grateful Dead songs, “Mississippi Half-Step” and “Fire On The Mountain,” ended the set:


Set: Summertime, I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight, Friend Of The Devil, Wharf Rat, Blow Away, Might As Well, The Way It Goes, Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo, Fire On The Mountain

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