Somewhere between the southern rock grooves of the Allman Brothers Band and those western influenced Grateful Dead tunes lies the music of Midnight North.
Midnight North is comprised of Phil Lesh’s son Grahame Lesh (guitar, vocals), front-woman Elliott Peck (organ, vocals), Alex Jordan (organ, guitar, vocals), Connor Croon (bass guitar), and Alex Koford (drums).
Starting out as a four piece made up of Lesh, Peck, Croon, and drummer Eric Saar, the band got things rolling by fine tuning originals by Lesh and Peck on their first album, End Of The Night. Eventually adding Alex Jordan a couple of months after that, the band has been together as a 5 piece ever since.
Continuing the musical tradition of the Lesh family, Grahame Lesh and Midnight North have curated an original Americana and country western influenced sound that is sure to have you moving. Their tunes are in the vein of new alternative country like Sturgil Simpson and Jason Isbell, and should appeal to anybody who can get down with some twangy grooves.
Their western sound “happened pretty organically,” told Grahame Lesh “Elliot andI started out singing a bunch of Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris duets when we first began picking out covers to work up, and it sort of grew from there.”
The band also pulls a lot of influence from many country and rock bands from the formation of the genres including The Band, CSNY, The Byrds, “and of course the Dead is probably our #1 influence!” added Lesh.
They have also been able to share the stage with a lot of artists from their native Bay Area like Jackie Greene, The Mother Hips, and Jason Crosby as well as some local talent in Tom Hamilton’s American Babies.
The band naturally embraced the western sound and began to add it into a lot of their original music. Their jam band based roots in the Grateful Dead have also inspired their approach to playing shows, in that no set list is the same.
“We’ll write a setlist anywhere from a couple of hours to a few minutes from showtime, and we’ll base it on the feel in the room,” Lesh said of their show preparation.
As far as the tour, it hits the northeast this week and the band is ready to hit some new turf!
Told Lesh, “we’re obviously very excited for Havana’s in New Hope, because we love Pennsylvania and the Philly area but have never played there!”
Midnight North currently has two full-length albums out for purchase and have recently released a live album which is available for free on their Bandcamp.
They will be playing at HAVANA in New Hope, PA on July 21 with Doobie Decibel System. Come on out and groove with the next generation of the Grateful Dead! (Sorry young people, it’s 21+)