River Street Jazz Cafe
Plains, PA
March 15, 2017

Holly Bowling (born May 11, 1984) is an American pianist. Classically-trained, she is best known for transcribing the music of Phish and the Grateful Dead into arrangements for solo piano. In 2014, Bowling published her "Jam Transcription" of Phish's famous rendition of "Tweezer" from Lake Tahoe on July 31, 2013. The success of Bowling's "Tahoe Tweezer" ignited her career as a musician. [wiki]

In addition to her solo work, she performs with Ghost Light, a collabration with guitarist Tom Hamilton, guitarist Raina Mullen, bassist Steve Lyons, and drummer Scotty Zwang. She also performs with Lacuna, a duo improvisational project begun in late 2020 with Tom Hamilton. Additionally, she performs on a regular basis with a who's who of stellar artists from across the musical spectrum including Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Warren Haynes, John Scofield, Ivan Neville, Steve Kimock, Oteil Burbridge, Branford Marsalis, Marco Benevento, Duane Trucks, Jim James, Greensky Bluegrass, Umphrey's McGee, and Railroad Earth.

For those unfamiliar with Holly's Grateful Dead/Phish (among others) transcriptions, she brings an emotional sensibility and orchestral feel to her solo performances vaguely reminiscent of Rick Wakeman (although she doesn't wear a cape onstage) or Bruce Hornsby. Check out her powerful recording of Trent Reznor's (by way of Johnny Cash) "Hurt."

This performance is chockful of highlights, but the China Cat > Rider performance is simply spectacular. The video is available here: https://youtu.be/uaryGq9LCs4

Set List:

01 Buried Alive
02 Cold Rain & Snow >
03 Bathtub Gin >
04 Piper >
05 Steam> *
06 If I Could
07 Stella Blue **
08 Bird Song > ***
09 Estimated >
10 Miss You #


11 China Cat Sunflower >
12 I Know you Rider

# first time preformed by Holly
* w/ Piper tease
** w/ Mike Miz & Justin Mazer
*** w/ Cold Rain & Snow tease

Holly Bowling - Piano
Mike Mizwinski - Acoustic Guitar/Vocals
Justin Mazer - Electric Guitar/Vocals

Taper: Keith Litzenberger (Recorded, mixed, mastered, and uploaded at iArchive)

Lineage: Soundboard + AKKG C414 XLS's(on stage)>Sound Devices 788t (recorded at 24 Bit/48 khz) SD788t>Nuendo 4 (Mix) Sony Sound Forge Pro 11 (Fades,iZotope MBIT+ Bit depth conversion to 16 Bit/44.1khz)>CDWAV(Tracking)>Trader's Little Helper (FLAC)

FOH Sound by Ben Travers

Notes on Sound Quality: SQ is Excellent

All tracks are from the original filesets as previously torrented. New checksums created with TLH.

All tracks adhere to DIME's NAV and NAB requirements and have been verified as non-official releases.

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This, and many other Holly Bowling, Ghost Light, and Lacuna recordings, may be found at https://archive.org/browse.php?collection=etree&field=creator

Huge thanks to the taper and everybody who shares this timeless music. And thanks to Holly for being taper-friendly!


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