Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band Perform ‘Samson & Delilah’ In Hebrew

By Scott Bernstein Dec 18, 2020 8:00 am PST

Phil Lesh and The Terrapin Family Band along with special guest Mark Levy teamed up remotely to record a performance of “Samson & Delilah.” Guitarist Ross James sang the biblical tale in Hebrew and co-hosted the premiere of the video with Deadheadland’s Happycat on Thursday, the last night of Hanukkah.

The Grateful Dead bassist is joined by The Terrapin Family Band, which consists of James, guitarists Grahame Lesh and Alex Koford, keyboardist Jason Crosby, vocalist Elliott Peck and drummer Nathan Graham. Mark Levy of Circles Around the Sun added to the track.

“Samson & Delilah” is a traditional song that the Grateful Dead started performing in 1976 and recorded for 1977’s Terrapin Station after Bob Weir heard Reverend Gary Davis’ version. The tune was a staple of Dead shows through Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995 and has been a part of many post-Jerry bands’ repertoires including Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band.

Watch the ensemble’s “Samson & Delilah” below:

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