You heard it here first: Tea Leaf Green is the next big thing.
Except, you probably didn't hear it here first. You probably heard someone else, somewhere else, say those same words.
Naming a band the "next big thing" in the quote-unquote jamband scene is arbitrary anyway, and really means nothing. Frankly, there probably will never be another Grateful Dead or Phish, the two bands that have carried the jamband world on their shoulders since the 1960's. Widespread Panic, the only other "jamband" out there right now capable of selling out large venues (in the South), is playing with renewed vigor since the whirlwind that is Jimmy Herring took the stage as an official member of the band. Once they're gone, though, someone's going to have to take up the mantle as the king of the festival circuit.
That will be Tea Leaf Green.
But, maybe it won't be.
Now, I'm not even a real TLG fan. I've only seen them twice – the first time was this past summer at Wakarusa. Leading up to their Sunday afternoon set there, I had heard a few live shows on CD. I owned Taught to be Proud which had received consistent rotation in my CD player. By the third song or so, I commented to my friend, a die-hard TLG fan, how I thought they were going to be big.
However, I'll generally reserve final judgment for after a second show. After all, a band could be on fire the first time I see them. On the flip side, perhaps my first experience is a band playing a crappy show. So……
Fast forward to their show this past Saturday night (11/3/06) in Nashville, Tennessee – my second show.
** talk about people who had traveled – Cali, NJ, Arkansas
**who I thought was going to be the next big thing – moe., Umphrey's