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  posted on 12/9/2008 at 06:28 PM
Panic is mine. Phish has to be my second though I am a big Govt Mule fan. Sometimes the Mule is too Hard Rock for my taste. I consider the Dead and The Allman Brothers being the first generation with the Dead being the first major rock band with improvisation being an important part of their musical legacy. Obviously Quicksilver was another band of the Dead's era who qualifies for this description. Cream and Hendrix also would be part of the First Wave of Improvisational Rock in a live setting.

 

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  posted on 12/9/2008 at 06:33 PM
When talking about touring bands that jam Phil's bands are my favorites because the great material they have to work with. But Panic is right up there for me with Phil. The Allmans are also right up there for me. Probably a little above Panic for my taste. But not by that much On any give night the Allmans are the best band. They are the best musicians member by member They are the most consistent. With Phil it depends on which band. But I think the Dead has the best material of all the bands so Phil benefits from that.

 

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  posted on 12/9/2008 at 06:38 PM
I like Moe, Phish, Widespread Panic, Umphrees McGee, Phil Lesh and Friends, Derek Trucks Band, Tea Leaf Green

 

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  posted on 12/9/2008 at 06:44 PM
How about Railroad Earth if they qaulify? Those guys can flat play.

 

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  posted on 12/9/2008 at 06:58 PM
The best band touring these days remains the Allmans.
For bands that started more recently, I would say(in order, sort of) Derek Trucks (although I haven't seen DTB yet, just SSR), Phish, Phil and friends, and Mule. Caught moe at FarmAid - only 2 or 3 songs but liked what they played.

I get most of my fix of improvisational music at jazz shows

 

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  posted on 12/9/2008 at 07:54 PM

moe.
umphrey's mcgee
WSP
Capt' Soularcat
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  posted on 12/9/2008 at 08:07 PM
PHISH PHISH PHISH
 

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  posted on 12/9/2008 at 08:10 PM
WSP
Galactic
STS9

 

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  posted on 12/9/2008 at 08:28 PM
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How about Railroad Earth if they qaulify? Those guys can flat play.


Yup gotta agree about those guys

 

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  posted on 12/9/2008 at 09:13 PM
MULE!!!!!!!!!!
ABB
DtB
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
Galactic
Robert Randolph and the Family Band
North Mississippi Allstars
moe.
Umphrey's Mcgee
Raq
Dumpstaphunk
Drive By truckers
Les Claypool's flying frog brigade
ekoostik hoookah
Rose Hill Drive
Tea Leaf Green
..........the list goes on........
notice I didn't list Panic or Phish.
They've both seen their days,
there's other bands out there at this point
that are better on stage at this point.
bring on the hecklers.................
It's just my opinion folks

 

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  posted on 12/9/2008 at 11:45 PM
I'm not too fond of jam bands, but honestly, I think my definition defers from most peoples'.

I do NOT consider the Grateful Dead or the Allman Brothers Band to be jam bands, even though a lot of people give them credit for starting the genre. I also don't think that the Derek Trucks Band or Gov't Mule are jam bands. Sure, they know how to improvise EXTENSIVELY, but that doesn't exactly make them a jam band. I think a lot of the modern jam bands get a little too noodly. The Dead certainly got out there at times, especially in their early and later years, but throughout the 70s they produced some great songs that could stand on their own without jamming.

Both the Dead and the ABB seemed focused on songwriting. Jamming was just something that happened when they played live, but they also wrote a ton of great songs that served as the launching pad for the jams. It seems to me that a lot of today's jam bands don't know how to do anything BUT jam. I haven't heard anything by a "jam band" in the last 20 years that could touch American Beauty or Eat a Peach. The songwriting is just not there.

 

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  posted on 12/10/2008 at 02:10 AM
In no particular order.

Some are jam bandish but I like the southern flavor but im just bringin out some new bands. Take the time to look em up on myspace or google em. Hope you like one of a few.

The Last Straw
The Incredible Heat Machine
Madahoochi
Starroy
The Dirty Guv'nahs
Old Union
The Loft
Garage Deluxe
Dova Grove
High Tide Blues
Wiser Time
The Steepwater Band

 

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  posted on 12/10/2008 at 03:19 AM
I'm a big fan of Moe , RAQ , and U-Melt.

Just wish they'd pop over to London to play!

 

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  posted on 12/10/2008 at 05:51 AM
I like bands that jam.

 

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  posted on 12/10/2008 at 06:20 AM
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I'm a big fan of Moe , RAQ , and U-Melt.

Just wish they'd pop over to London to play!


I am surprised that you are aware of U Melt! They are a local Long Island band, and
I wasn't aware they had an overseas following. I remember seeing some of those guys in another local band which didn't get too far. They were great musicians even though they didn't have too many good songs (songwriting was weak). But now it looks like they might be on their way to something.

 

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  posted on 12/10/2008 at 07:09 AM
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I'm a big fan of Moe , RAQ , and U-Melt.

Just wish they'd pop over to London to play!


I am surprised that you are aware of U Melt! They are a local Long Island band, and
I wasn't aware they had an overseas following. I remember seeing some of those guys in another local band which didn't get too far. They were great musicians even though they didn't have too many good songs (songwriting was weak). But now it looks like they might be on their way to something.


I heard U-melt on the net, not sure how I stumbled across them!
Moe I saw as support to Little Feat a few years back over here in London.
Raq I discovered strangely enough after a vacation in Vermont!

 

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  posted on 12/10/2008 at 08:21 AM
Good to see Steepwater making the list!.....great group of guys and really hard workers.

I still gotta go with Umphrey's McGee though.....this guys are just sick musicians.

 

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  posted on 12/10/2008 at 08:43 AM
Gov't Mule.

 

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  posted on 12/10/2008 at 09:02 AM
I absolutely love Gov't Mule and Warren is my favorite living guitarist, I don't think of them as a jam band. More like Cream or Mountain. They do jam but they focus on songs and powerful performances. They are part of the Jam scene though so I guess that counts. Otherwise I my favorite is moe. I dig Widespread Panic a lot too and I think McConnell got a raw deal.

What's Raq?

 

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  posted on 12/10/2008 at 09:21 AM
1. Mule (though I've never thought of them as a 'jam' band)
2. Derek & Susan
3. moe

My problem with the vast majority of modern jam bands is their inability to write songs. Sure, they can play like hell and for extended periods, but more often than not there is no creative essence.

At their peak the 'Dead would write and record a 3.5 minute radio singles replete with catchy hooks and choruses and then turn it into a fifteen minute tour de force live. Modern jam bands strike me as players in search of a song.

 

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  posted on 12/10/2008 at 09:34 AM
Mule is my favorite.

I also like RAQ, but they never tour. Here is a clip of RAQ I got at last year's Langerado

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hSXHj6aznA

 

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  posted on 12/10/2008 at 09:45 AM
Mule
Phil & Friends
Ratdog

 

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  posted on 12/10/2008 at 09:59 AM
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I like bands that jam.



Exactly the way I see it. I don't wanna just hear a band noodle around without a structure. Don't get me wrong, I love to hear a band play off of each other and improvise. However, I feel like it has to have a common theme, or thread that the band can leave and come back to. More like the jazz guys used to do it!

 

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  posted on 12/10/2008 at 11:12 AM
Perpetual Groove.

I know they arent for everyone, and yes, they have a pretty bland name, but they have some unique vibe about them. They write amazing songs. Brock Butler is such a talented musician, such is the rest of the band. Their music is certainly moving to me. Thats what I like so much about it. They evoke so much emotion. A few months back they got a new keyboard player, John Hruby from Guest, and he is quickly coming along and blending in with their style.

check this show. The acoustic set is a nice warm up if you havent heard them before
http://www.archive.org/details/pgroove2007-12-30.flac16

 

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  posted on 12/10/2008 at 05:29 PM
I will agree with Palmheads choices, and add PBS the Meters, Karl Denson, Derek Trucks and Robert Randolph to the Mix.

 

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