Watch Sol Roots Cover Grateful Dead's "Sugaree" from 'Live at The Hamilton'
Sol Roots recently released a psychedelic video showcasing a unique, original, funky arrangement of Grateful Dead's "Sugaree" from the album 'Live at The Hamilton'. The live album features songs recently performed by the band in Washington, D.C. in February of 2020, just about a month before lockdown started.
Live at The Hamilton features harmonica legend Phil Wiggins (of Cephas & Wiggins), drummer Eddie Christmas (of Jon Cleary, New Orleans Suspects, Eric Lindell, Anders Osborne) and Andreas Holmstrom on bass presenting an upbeat and danceable blend of funk, blues, soul and rock. The recording is a raw and an accurate representation of a band hungry to inject their energy into the live performance. The rendition of "Sugaree" features some beautiful interplay between Sol and Phil Wiggins as they each take turns taking the lead.
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Watch the newly released video of the Grateful Dead cover here:
A few quotes about the song showcased below:
"...funky rendition of the Grateful Dead classic, "Sugaree." The track offers a spirited, energetic groove, punctuated by Sol's funky take on the vocals, and energetic harmonica from Phil Wiggins. The rendition seems extra playful and fun, offering a light, buoyant interpretation of a Dead classic." - Home Grown Music Network
"I've long said that a good Grateful Dead cover should be done not as Jerry and the boys would play the song, but with an artist's own style and flair attached to it. That is exactly what Sol Roots did by opening up with a fantastic version of "Sugaree" that was done like I've never heard it done before. It was up-tempo and full of energy...harmonica titan Phil Wiggins throws down at a dizzying speed that would require the lung capacity of an Olympic swimmer and even that might not be enough." - The Jamwich
"This version of the song is much more upbeat with a great funk feel. The vocals are off the charts and overall it has a great sound. Good lord, that harmonica can wail. I have heard countless covers of this immortal classic...but Sol Roots makes this one all their own, adding a quality that transcends genre." - Jam Band Purist