Words by Miles Riddle
*featured image via zumic.com*
If you consider yourself a Deadhead, you know 2015 has been a big year for the band. Between the reunion of the Core Four and the Grateful Dead reincarnation that is Dead & Company, it has been a great year to be Dead.
This past July, the Grateful Dead celebrated their 50-year anniversary in style, by performing five shows (2 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California and 3 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois) as part of their “Fare Thee Well” Tour. If you’re like me and were not able to attend any of these shows, you purchased the live stream and danced with friends and family in your living room. If you were paying attention to the stream, you would have noticed the music playing during intermission.
Fare Thee Well video producer, Justin Kreutzmann, in order to create five hours of intermission music for the celebration, put a band by the name of Circles Around the Sun in charge.
The band consists of bassist Dan Horne (Beachwood Parks), keyboardist Adam MacDougall (Chris Robinson Brotherhood/Phil Lesh & Friends), drummer Mark Levy (The Congress), and front-man lead guitarist Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood/Phil Lesh & Friends).
With no pre-written material used, the band quickly recorded the entire Intermission project in 2-day jam session. The project was met with great feedback from the audience at the shows that it was only a matter of time until their recording sessions would be made available to the public.
From their studio sessions, the band compiled songs to make a two disc, 11-track album that came out on November 27, 2015. The album titled, “Interludes For The Dead”, can be purchased for a digital download, as well as CD and LP. With songs like “Farewell Franklins”, “Space Wheel”, and “Kasey’s Bones”, it is easy to hear the profound Dead influence on these songs, mixed with this band’s improvisational talent. Each member brought their own special flavor to the table to make this a stellar album and a great addition to the Fare Thee Well experience.