The jam band scene made them, but their recent focus on songwriting has propelled Midnight North to garner their own sound and name in the music industry.
Co-fronted by Elliot Peck and Grahame Lesh (son of the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh), the group is slated to play the Hollow Bar and Kitchen on Tuesday.
For the past few years, the San Francisco-based band has worked to carve out a place for themselves in the Bakersfield country-rock genre. Lucky for them, the band is surrounded by some of the best in the industry and call Terrapin Crossroads (the farm to table restaurant and concert venue owned by Phil Lesh) home.
Since forming in 2012, the band has either been on tour or recording, living a fast-paced life that can be draining and lonely at times and has inspired their newest album: “Under the Lights.”
For Peck, as well as for Lesh, music runs in the family.
She grew up outside of Chicago, living with a family of music enthusiasts. As soon as her father took her to the Chicago Blues Festival, she was hooked.
“Seeing those kinds of female musicians just out there performing, traveling and touring made a big impact on me when I was a kid,” Peck said.
When she first started working with Midnight North at Terrapin Crossroads, a place best known for its jam band style, the improvisational nature of the venue was intimidating. Famous musicians like Bob Weir, Stu Allen, and dozens of others stop by for jam sessions frequently.
“We had to be ready to play on the spot. That’s the nature of the scene we’re in,” Peck said.
It gave the group a solid understanding of one another’s…
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