Each and every time a live band puts out a studio album, it is a totally different adventure. Why? Because somehow, some way, there is that need to consolidate all of that incredible live energy into recorded music so that the listener can feel like they’re at a live show just by pushing play. Raise Up The Tent, the fifth offering from San Francisco’s Tea Leaf Green, is here to prove why they’re in it to win it.
The album, released on July 22nd via Surfdog Records, is produced by David Lowery (who’s also worked with Cracker and the Counting Crows) and combines the old school sounds of Bob Dylan and The Grateful Dead with modern indie rockers My Morning Jacket and The Raconteurs. The stages of Bonnaroo and Rothbury have already felt their wrath, and probably will in the future. Forget about their star-studded collabos, because when you’ve appeared in support of names like the Dave Matthews Band, Phish-ee Trey Anastasio, and Deadster Bob Weir, who needs to throw any names around, right?
The best part follows folks, for the next few months at least. Tea Leaf Green has dates scheduled into November, with an ’09 date too! Now riddle us this: a fantastic live band takes a break to turn performance energy into recorded energy, then recycles it back into L-I-V-E material. Sounds pretty awesome, considering the track record.
Check out “Red Ribbons” below and tour dates after the jump!