Anastasio Forms Own Label, Preps New Album
After a lone solo release with Columbia, former Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio has left the label and formed his own imprint, Rubber Jungle.After a lone solo release with Columbia, former Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio has left the label and formed his own imprint, Rubber Jungle. The RED-distributed label will bow with the Oct. 3 release of a new Anastasio album, "Bar 17."
The artist initially began working on material for "Bar 17" shortly after Phish's final show in the summer of 2004. But after producer Bryce Goggin had to leave the project while his wife had a baby, Anastasio started fresh and eventually produced "Shine," released last year via Columbia.
For the 13-track "Bar 17," the artist is joined by Phish's Mike Gordon and Jon Fishman, the Benevento/Russo Duo, John Medeski, percussionist Cyro Baptista, I-Nine vocalist Carmen Keegan and the Dambuilders' Joan Wasser. Anastasio solo band members Ray Paczkowski, Jennifer Hartswick and Dave Grippo are also present.
Tracks include the nearly nine-minute title song, "Dragonfly," which features Gordon and the Benevento/Russo Duo, as well as "Cincinnati" and "Let Me Lie," co-written with longtime lyricist Tom Marshall. The track "Goodbye Head" is a collaboration with Anastasio's daughter, Eliza.
Anastasio is presently off the road but will begin a fall tour shortly after the release of "Bar 17."
Here is the track list for "Bar 17":
"Host Across The Potomac"
"If You’re Walking"
"Let Me Lie"
"A Case of Ice and Snow"