Music: Tea Leaf Green with Sons of Bill

San Francisco has birthed a cosmic number of bands over the past half-century. Tea Leaf Green represents the Bay Area's stellar contribution to the current Jam community. The band coalesced in 1997 around rhythm section jams between San Francisco State U

Jan 25, 2011 at 2:06 pm

San Francisco has birthed a cosmic number of bands over the past half-century. Tea Leaf Green represents the Bay Area’s stellar contribution to the current Jam community. The band coalesced in 1997 around rhythm section jams between San Francisco State University students Scott Rager and Ben Chambers, on drums and bass, respectively. Los Angeles defector Josh Clark brought guitar to the party and fellow student Trevor Garrod joined on keyboards. For the first five years, TLG was a progressively evolving local band that attracted a huge local following, with a pair of studio albums and a live set, plus sold-out club dates around the city.

Tea Leaf Green’s national ascent began in 2002 with its appearance at the High Sierra Music Festival and a feature in the Jam bible, Relix, followed by a whirlwind three-year period of cross-country touring (including opening slots for Bob Weir, Gov’t Mule and Trey Anastasio), two more live albums, two new studio discs and a 2006 Jammy Award for Song of the Year for the title track of Taught to Be Proud. TLG’s profile expanded with the DVD documentary Rock ‘n’ Roll Band, directed by Justin Kreutzmann, son of Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, leading to its first actual label deal with Surfdog Records.

Tea Leaf Green performs at 20th Century Theatre Friday with Sons of Bill. Go here to read Brian Baker's full Sound Advice.