Columbia has signed former Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, who has spent his entire career on Elektra.
Columbia has signed former Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, who has spent his entire career on Elektra. The artist's label debut, "Shine," will be released Nov. 1 as a DualDisc. The 12-track set was produced by Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen), who also contributes on bass. For the first time, Anastasio served as the only lyricist on any of his projects.
Songs include "Love Is Freedom," which Anastasio performed in February at New York's Tibet House benefit, "Come As Melody," "Air Said to Me," "Love That Breaks All Lines" and "Sweet Dreams Melinda," a co-write with former collaborators Russ Lawton and Tony Markellis.
The DVD side of the album features clips from an Aug. 13 concert at Colorado's famed Red Rocks as well as an interview with Anastasio.
Anastasio has been recording since last fall, and has reportedly scrapped a number of sessions, including some tracks recorded with King Crimson/Peter Gabriel bassist Tony Levin, drummer Jerry Marotta and keyboardist Ray Paczkowski. Other material that featured his former Phish colleague Mike Gordon appears to have hit the cutting room floor as well.
"I know in an earlier version he said there was one song that features my bass and guitar," Gordon tells Billboard.com. "It made him cry every time he heard it; not necessarily because of missing me, but because it was a successful little jam. That was going to be on the album, but I think that may have been several albums ago."
Anastasio has a handful of shows on his fall schedule, including a Sept. 24 Jerry Garcia tribute in Berkeley, Calif., that will also feature former Grateful Dead principals Bob Weir (with Ratdog) and Mickey Hart, among many other notables.
Anastasio will also open two shows for the Rolling Stones this fall: Oct. 6 in Charlottesville, Va., and Oct. 8 in Durham, N.C.