The Capital Region is never in a drought when it comes to Grateful Dead related and inspired music. The show slated for March 11 at Putnam Den is no different – this time, Jamie McLean Band will team up with Melvin Seals and Jerry Garcia Band for a Saturday night show in Saratoga Springs.
McLean has been on the touring circuit for quite some time, leaving his musical footprint across the world. He’s stepped out of a sideman spot and began manning the mic himself, with help on drums by Brian Griffin and bass by Ben Mars. Throughout his career, McLean shared the stage with huge industry names such as Elvis Costello, Gregg Allman, Drive By Truckers, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Blues Traveler, Widespread Panic and Dave Matthews. He’s even offered his help in the studio to Chuck D, Norah Jones and other notable names in the industry.
Once known for offering his layered guitar sound to jazz ensemble, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, McLean put that portion of his career in the past, stepping into the limelight for his next runaround with Jamie McLean Band. The group formed in 2006, displays an eclectic sound, complete with soulful vocals and deep rooted rock and roll, southern rock, country, bluesy licks and more. JMB commands your attention, whether it’s in the form of blues blaring through their speakers or captivating lyricism pouring out of their souls. Most recently, McLean pulled out all the stops for his latest, impending album, produced by Ken Coomer of Wilco. The album boasts features from both bluegrass artist Sam Bush and Jeff Coffin of Dave Matthews Band and was helmed in Nashville’s Sound Emporium studios.
Jamie McLean band will play Putnam Den the same night as Melvin Seals and Jerry Garcia Band– a demanding presence in the scene for over 30 years. With swift fingers on the keys, Seals has been a famed musician for quite some time and even helped pioneer what’s known to its fans as “jam band music.” Let’s see what the two groups have in store for a Putnam Den crowd–one that loves Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead and all walks of soulful tunes and jam band music.
Catch ‘em at the Den on Saturday, March 11–doors open at 8 and the show kicks off at 9! Ages 18 and over are allowed admittance while a $5 surcharge is in place for those under 21. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of show.
Q&A with Jamie McLean
Alyssa Ladzinski: What were the toughest and easiest parts about making the transition from Dirty Dozen Brass Band guitarist to manning the mic in your very own group?
John McLean: It’s never easy to walk away from something established and solid. I was lucky enough to travel the world and play with many of my musical heros. I loved playing with DDBB but I also knew deep down that I had songs of my own to sing. Those guys are family to me and we catch up on stage a few times a year. At the end of the day it wasn’t really a hard decision. I feel like when you know, you know.
AL: Do you ever find that you wish you could take a step away from the spotlight and revert back to your old Dirty Dozen ways?
JM: I still get to do that every now and then with other artists. I’ve worked with Aaron Neville, Taylor Hicks and Brett Dennen as a sideman. It’s nice to take off some of the stress that comes with being a leader and just play but at the end of the day nothing gets me going like singing my own stuff with my band.