Who are the best 'jam bands'?

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  1. jostapha profile image60
    jostaphaposted 14 years ago

    Until recently I didn't even know that such a genre existed.  Then I came accross such cool groups as String Cheese Incident and Phish and realised that the 'jam band' is now a well established musical idiom.  The Grateful Dead supposedly triggered the genre's evolution with their extended live and studio recorded jam sessions in the 70s.  Does anyone of any others?

    1. theageofcake profile image61
      theageofcakeposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I've never quite warmed up to the particular type of jam band you've described, but as far as groups with great improvisational reputations, there are a few that come to mind:

      The Doors, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Animal Collective, Pink Floyd, and Built to Spill.

      1. jostapha profile image60
        jostaphaposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Yeah this is true, their music is very much based around improvisation.  Although Zappa is in a league of his own!  I know what you mean about that certain type of jam band (SCI, Phish etc.).  Its fun to listen to but maybe it can be self indulgent?  I'm not sure, i'm still deciding!

  2. Jeffrey Neal profile image70
    Jeffrey Nealposted 14 years ago

    The Alman Brothers are very enjoyable live and play looooonnnng sets...or at least they used to.  It's been awhile since I've seen them, but a 40 minute-long version of Whipping Post is worth the price of admission.

  3. housemonk profile image60
    housemonkposted 14 years ago

    Without question, Lake Trout....their live shows are out of this world.

  4. sunforged profile image72
    sunforgedposted 14 years ago



    Of a revolution ( O.A.R)  older stuff


    String Cheese! ( Ive partied with them!)

  5. rebekahELLE profile image85
    rebekahELLEposted 14 years ago

    Allman Brothers Band, those funky blues songs Whipping Post

    Dave Matthews Band~~~ 

    so many great songs, artists, Grateful Dead were amazing, Blues Travelers..

  6. profile image0
    hamstersmessiahposted 14 years ago

    moe. is one of my favorites along with of course the Dead.  Umphrey's Mcgee isn't too bad.  I like the Disco Biscuits and Perpetual Groove as well.  I wish I had made it to the 2006 Lollapalooza which featured an all jam band line-up.  Yeah String Cheese Incident and Phish are faves as well.  Haven't heard too much Keller Williams but he can jam.  Have to sit down when I'm not writing and give him a listen.

  7. waynet profile image69
    waynetposted 14 years ago

    Hartleys is the best brand of jam as it tastes quite nice on some toast tee hee!

    1. profile image0
      hamstersmessiahposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      can it transcend you to a higher plane of existence?

      1. waynet profile image69
        waynetposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Only on sundays after the plane lands!

        1. profile image0
          hamstersmessiahposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          sounds sweet!  but i doubt it compared to a 'space' jam by the dead with jerry on guitar.

  8. AnythingArtzy profile image67
    AnythingArtzyposted 14 years ago

    Google  Tom Allen Project

    1. profile image0
      hamstersmessiahposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      thanks!  check out the Barn Rats on myspace!

  9. Hokey profile image60
    Hokeyposted 14 years ago

    The String Cheese Incident!!!!!     big_smile

    1. profile image0
      hamstersmessiahposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      love them but moe. is still my fave of the newer groups.  have you heard their songs "It" "Spaz Medicine" or "Nebraska?"

      1. Hokey profile image60
        Hokeyposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Of course. I am from North Carolina and Moe is East Coast Jam. Practically family. I remember seeing them in clubs when they were small.

  10. profile image0
    B.C. BOUTIQUEposted 14 years ago

    a local band : DOOBY ITCH

  11. Megavitamin profile image70
    Megavitaminposted 14 years ago

    Widespread Panic.

  12. zzron profile image58
    zzronposted 14 years ago

    ZZ TOP. The Alman Brothers Band. Santana.


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