The JamBase Podcast Episode 34: Oteil Burbridge
The JamBase Podcast returns with Episode 34 featuring an interview with Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge. The episode starts with “The Rundown,” a discussion of recent news stories, and continues with a preview of this year’s Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, Illinois via audio of moe.‘s performance of “Sensory Deprivation Bank” from the 2018 installment of the event.
Oteil Burbridge goes “Reelin’ In The Years” with JamBase’s Scott Bernstein during a chat held at the bassist’s home in Florida. Burbridge discusses the various methods of touring utilized from his start with Col. Bruce Hampton & Aquarium Rescue Unit through his current tenure in Dead & Company. The Washington D.C. native explains he’s never been a fan of touring but loves the payoff of performing live. After recalling his time in the van with Aquarium Rescue Unit, Oteil talks about how he scored the gig with The Allman Brothers Band in 1997. The bassist details moving up to planes and tour buses as a member of the ABB and his experiences as part of Vida Blue and teaming with his brother, the late Kofi Burbridge, as an early member of the Tedeschi Trucks Band lineup. Included within is Burbridge’s tale of the night in 2000 when Gregg Allman chided members of the Allmans for taking “Mountain Jam” too far “out.” Finally, Oteil discusses Dead & Company’s current touring methods.
Episode 34 begins with “The Rundown” hosted by Bernstein and Andy Kahn. First, AK recaps the news surrounding Mick Jagger’s health issues that necessitated The Rolling Stones postponing their 2019 North American tour. Then, ScottyB shares his take on witnessing the debut of Trey Anastasio’s Ghosts Of The Forest project at the State Theatre in Portland, Maine on April 4. The episode continues with moe.’s version of “Sensory Deprivation Bank” from May 27, 2018 at Summer Camp. moe. heads back to the Summer Camp Music Festival at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois this Memorial Day Weekend as part of a lineup that also includes Umphrey’s McGee, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, STS9, Zeds Dead, Big Gigantic and over 100 other acts. Tickets are on sale now here.