Dead-influenced Chris Bramble Band comes to the Underground |

Dead-influenced Chris Bramble Band comes to the Underground

Tim Parsons

It would be unfair to compare anyone’s music to The Grateful Dead, but Jerry Garcia and his group doubtless is an inspiration behind the Chris Bramble Band.

While 80 percent of the Sonoma Band’s shows are originals, there will be a handful of covers. Among the possible Garcia tunes one might expect at the Friday, Sept. 7, gig at the Tahoe Underground could be “Run for the Roses,” “Birdsong” and “Rubin and Cherise.” You might even hear “Bertha” or Dylan’s “Tangled Up In Blue.”

The folk-rock-jams have a similar harmonic and upper-fret musical approach brought to the world until 1995 by Garcia.

You’ll also get some humor in the carriage of David Lindley. Case in point, the second song of the CD “Laugh at the Wind,” a calypso-driven track entitled “We Dance The Night Away,” opens like this: “Early in the morning at the break of day, wakey-bakey we’ll be on our way.”

According to Bramble’s publicist, as a boy he went with his parents to environmental musical festivals, “casting the early seeds of Chris’ need to tie together music, social activism, spirit and a deep appreciation for the environment.

He began playing folk music, then metal and finally his own “Symphadelic” style – symphonic and psychelelia with an improvisational bent.

Speaking of improvisational players, bassist Paul Lamb was a studio engineer for Mickey Hart as well as Sammy Hagar. Drummer Bradley Leach has a funk and jazz background as well as swing and folk.

The sounds are complimented by violinist Terry Ann Gillette, who also is apt to join the jam with her mandolin or flute.

Rounding out the quintet is multi-instrumentalist Paul Best, who brings world beat percussion by way of New York and Los Angeles.

“Laugh at the Wind” offers a fun, yet restrained, folk and jam experience. The live version will probably be more footloose. So pick up your shoes and head toward Kingsbury Grade. To be sure, this will be a fun show.

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