Friday, May 15, 2020

Take A "Field Trip" With The Latest Live Release From New Riders Of The Purple Sage

What may have started out as a Grateful Dead side project, grew into one of the most underrated bands of the seventies. I'm talking about New Riders Of The Purple Sage. Their studio albums where filled to the brim with sweet melodies, while their live shows became a fun, country rock jamboree. Last year, Omnivore Recordings released a newly discovered live show from New Riders Of The Purple Sage to co-inside with Record Store Day back in November. This time around, Omnivore Recordings has dusted off another live gem from the band to be released on vinyl for one of the Record Store Drops dates (August 29, September 26, October 24).

Let us travel back to August 1972, where New Riders Of The Purple Sage are performing at a benefit show, headlined by the Grateful Dead in Veneta, Oregon. The concert became known as the "Field Trip," which is the perfect title for this release. The show kicks off with a swift-moving, energized cover of Buck Owens' "Truck Drivin' Man," followed by a couple tracks ("Rainbow" and "Lockinvar") from their sophomore album "Powerglide." Their fourteen-song set is made up of originals ("Runnin' Back To You" and "Louisiana Lady") and covers, including a countrified version of Gene Pitney's "Hello Mary Lou" and the New Riders adventure into funk with the Ashford & Simpson classic "I Don't Need No Doctor." The show sounds too good to be locked away in the vault for so long. I'm glad that it is finally seeing the light of day as a 2-LP set on Record Store Day and recently released as a stand-alone CD. The highlight of the set is a nearly ten minute version of the band's cover of Johnny Otis' "Willie And The Hand Jive," which closes the show and features some amazing guitar work and stellar drumming. To find out more about the new live album "Field Trip" from New Riders Of The Purple Sage, please visit

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