From Soulive to Lettuce and every sit in between – Eric Krasno has been one of my favorite guitars players since jam bands woke me from a musical slumber. I remember hearing the first single off the new album and anticipating the entire album for a few months. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint and its still on constant rotation on my record player.
This band of heavy hitters create the perfect soundscape of slow r&b jams to heavy rock and roll riffs to round out a night of dancing and listening. Its not often you come across that these days. When the opportunity came to spend the evening back stage hanging out and photographing Kraz and his band, I jumped right on it. I had never met anyone in this band prior to arriving at the Ardmore Music Hall, but 5 minutes in, it felt like I had known them for years. Listening to them practice the original music was special, but what really struck a chord was singing along to some good ole’ Grateful Dead songs like “Deal” , “Tennessee Jed” and Sugaree. The classics were reinterpreted but Kraz and Mary in such a soulful and honest way that it made the songs feel brand new to me.
Once they hit the stage, it was hard to get my jaw off the floor. Every guitar solo kept getting bigger and bigger, faster and more precise. I really didnt want the show to end. Running through all the songs from the album and even some new un-recorded numbers with some Grateful Dead mixed in was exactly what west Philly needed on a could winter night. Im so thankful for this opportunity and can’t wait to do it again. If you haven’t had a chance to see this new project from Krasno, do not miss it next time it comes to your town. Better yet, drive a hour (or two) and see more then one show. Because each night the band gets tighter and the songs bring a little more life to this chaotic world we are living in.