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2015 TOP 20 COUNTDOWN

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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Curtis Harding/ Night Sun

We caught Curtis at the right time.  Cause right after he jammed in The Van, dude got popular, real fast.  Deservedly so.  Not only is Curtis a real solid hombre to kick it with, say, at a party in Echo Park thrown by the dirt bags from Criminal Hygiene (which is where we firts met him), but he’s also one hell of a talent.  His solo track, Cast Away is one of those jams that you can play ten times in a row and not get sick of.  That’s good for the number 6 slot on this year’s list, as well as our best wishes for a genuinely rad dude to keep on making jams that we want to keep playing.  Here’s to getting you back in The Van in 2015.  Cause we’re getting cooler too, you know?

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The Black Cadillacs

This session fell on one of our SXSW nightmare days.  We were in full scramble mode trying to relocate to a spot where police wouldn’t hassle us.  Luckily the Black Cadillacs couldn’t have cared less that we were a bit off schedule.  They saw free beer and an empty parking lot with plenty of prime pavement, so they broke out their skate boards and cruised around until it was their time to jam.  Then they unleashed a three song set of rock and roll that was truly the definition of heady.  Since lots of people ask us what “heady” means, well, now you know where to find the definition, go watch this session.

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Amy Helm

I promise I didn’t plan to have three rock and roll hall of famers’ offspring back to back on this list.  It just happened that way organically.  The thing is, each one of them played an amazingly heady set.  In addition to that, Amy Helm also told us some amazing stories about growing up around the amazing music that she did and touring the touring lifestyle that she’s been accustomed to for so long.  She also got kind of bummed when I told her that AQUAHydrate was P-Diddy water.  I believe the quote she gave was “I thought we’re all hippie here.”  A pretty heady quote, a pretty heady woman, and a pretty heady session.

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Lukas Nelson

I guess I could use the same write up from #11 for this one.  Lukas Nelson is another Rock and Roll legacy and another super nice dude.  To make matters even headier, we filmed this session at a party that was thrown on his father, Willie Nelson’s ranch.  The party was extremely heady, all sorts of good music and good times, and we got to hang out with the majority of the Nelson clan.  That included Lukas, his mom, Annie, his brother, Michah, and his cousin, Lilly.  They were all super nice, but I’ve got to say, none of them shredded quite like Lukas.  Dude ripped and when he hopped out I distincly remember my buddy turning to me and saying “dude is a rock star.”  Rock stars are heady.

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Devon Allman

You shouldn’t need to look past this man’s last name to understand why he’s on the list.  This was rock and roll royalty, but so what?  If he wasn’t nasty on the guitar it wouldn’t have mattered.  Well, maybe it might have, but that isn’t even an issue, because dude was nice with it.  In addition, he was just all around nice as far as being a person went.  He told us that everyone he talked to about playing Jam in the Van was stoked for him and “hip to it,” and that made us feel all warm and good inside.  Then he played a cover of “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac and that made us feel super warm and good inside.  Then he walked to the comic book store next to where we had been filming and bought himself some comics, that’s friggin’ heady.

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Deap Vally

A few years back I remember going to our first Bonnaroo with the Jam Van.  I’d been to Bonnaroo many times before, but never gotten to see things from a backstage perspective.  That year I got that access, and the first show I used it at, and really discovered it at, was Deap Vally.  It was the first night of the festival, people were super geeked up with excitement and the release of anticipation, and the energy in the air was electric, and the band fueled off of that, and the show that emanated from those two ladies really resonated with my memory, it was fantastic.  So when we got a chance to film them at Moon Block Party I thought if they have just a fraction of those vibes when they play this session, we’re going to be dealing with something really heady.  Well they had a fraction and then some.  That some being like the whole damn thing.  Once again, fantastic.

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Keller Williams

For starters, Keller took off his shoes before he played his session in The Van.  I don’t know if that’s ever been done before, I don’t think it has, but I do think it’s super duper heady.  Second, if you aren’t aware of who Keller Williams is, where he’s been, what he does, and who he’s done it with over the course of his illustrious career, well then I guess you’re just not that into Jam Bands.  In all seriousness though, this man has a style all to his own.  His fingers fly across his guitar unlike the fingers of any other human on Earth.  So while we often get a kick out of trying to cram as many musicians as possible in The Van, sometimes it’s just as impressive to see one man get as big of a sound as possible with just his own two hands, a guitar, and nothing else…

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Trampled By Turtles

As mentioned previously in this list, High Sierra Music Festival is like the headiest place on Earth to begin with.  So as a result, every session played there has the chance to be on the headiest sessions list.  So if you work by that equation it only stands to reason that the band whose session you play on repeat the most from High Sierra Music Festival would have to, just have to make the headiest of the year list.  So when I got back from High Sierra, I had Trampled By Turtles’ session on repeat for about a week steady.  All apologies to my neighbors, but it’s just that good.  So we forgive the band for only playing us one song due to time constraints.  The song was so rad that you can just play it on repeat and then it’s like they played us a few… get it?

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American Aquarium

It’s always good to have pride in the place you’re from.  As such, I love it when we find musicians from my home state of North Carolina.  When they leave us with as breathtaking a set as American Aquarium did at SXSW, it makes it even more wonderful.  In fact, they closed down a very successful SXSW for us.  They were the 31st of 31 bands that jammed in The Van in Austin in 2014.  So here’s to the “First in Flight” State’s finest, next time y’all roll through Asheville, the Cotler family will be there in full force.  Just do me a favor, play a little louder than usual, my dad’s a bit hard of hearing nowadays.

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Jerry Jeff Walker

We reached out to this country legend on a whim.  Didn’t really think it would happen, but hey, if there’s one thing we’ve learned on this journey, it’s that no matter what, it’s always worth a shot.  Low and behold Jerry Jeff’s team got back in touch with us and said that he’d love to Jam in the Van.  So we invited him and his band to our SXSW party.  They rolled up in seperate cars, a bunch of older dudes at a SXSW party, but hey, old just means you’ve been doing it for longer.  So they cracked their beers early, asked us where the funny cigarettes were, and they started jamming in the living room to warm up.  Jerry Jeff Walker was a warm dude, he had those grandfather sensibiilities, like he was inviting us to sit on his lap and play us a song.  Except we’re too big to sit on his lap.  So he took a liking to our Jam in the Van mutt, RZA, instead, and RZA sat in The Van at Jerry Jeff’s knee and Jerry Jeff played him and us three songs, including “Mr. Bojangles,” and we won’t soon forget any of them.  He’s kind of a legend, you know?

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The Mother Hips

Everything that takes place at High Sierra Music Festival has a chance to be the headiest thing ever.  That’s just the nature of the place.  So when you get the pleasure of filming one of the headiest bands around at one of the headiest places around, you just hold on to your hat and hope the world doesn’t explode.  This was one of those feel great moments in time, where you just look around at the sun shining, people dancing, and having a good time and you just realize how humbling happiness can be.  To top it off, we got the Hips boys to drink Lagunitas, and that’s tricky considering they’re sponsored by Sierra Nevada, but hey, heady is as heady does.

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The Strypes

About a year ago we saw a video of these kids playing Blue Collar Jane and our immediate response was “holy crap, we have to get them in The Van before they get too big for it.”  Then by a strike of fortune we found out that they are on the Photo Finish Records imprint, and we’re pals with folks over there, so we figured we had a good shot.  When The Strypes boys made their US invasion at SXSW we were lucky enough to be one of the outlets they performed for.  The fact that we once again got kicked out of our parking space in front of the Photo Finish showcase and had to scramble to find a new location, made it all the more incredible that we made this happen.  We ended up calling up the same old southern gentlemen that had almost booted us out of their lot earlier in the week outside of the Lagunitas’ Showcase and asked them if they had another lot for us to invade.  They did.  So we met The Strypes at the base of a parking structure in downtown austin and recorded this fantastic session.  The only bummer on the day was that our B-Roll camera’s memory card fried, so we lost a lot of the fun footage, except for the stuff we got from our doggie-cam.  So we have a lot of footage of The Strypes petting my dog, oh, and also this awesome session…

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In the 90′s we (the dudes who started Jam in the Van) were at that age when you first start listening to music.  In fact, one of my first CDs ever was Blues Traveler’s “Four.”  So laying on a bean bag chair and smoking a california cigarette with John Popper was pretty friggin awesome for us.  The fact that he played “Run Around” for us, well, that was the heady icing on the heady cake.

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Our return to SXSW was indeed a glorious one.  As expected, it was also incredibly hectic and packed full of sessions.  A few of our SXSW sessions definitely stood out.  Such was the case when we met up with J. Roddy Walston outside of the Lagunitas Showcase.  We had lost our parking space at the venue and had to scramble to find a lot behind the show, and during J. Roddy’s session the owners of the lot showed up and told us we had to get lost, but we pleaded with them and gave them some sixers of IPA and by some heady will of the Head Gods they changed their minds and let us finish the session and the day.  So tha along with the fact that J. Roddy and the Business are the fughin business made this session a must have on our headiest of 2014 list!

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We love it when bands come back and play The Van multiple times.  We hadn’t seen Tea Leaf Green since SXSW 2011, so we were happy to have them again at Bottle Rock this year.  These veterans of the head scene did not disappoint, in fact, dare we say they did it better the second time around?

 

 

 

 

 

A JAM IN THE VAN JANUARY RESIDENCY

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Every Tuesday in January we’re getting heady with The Grand Ole Echo and presenting Ivory Deville and Jackson Tanner at The Echo! Get ready for a whole lot of awesome brought to you by Orange Amplifiers, Osprey Packs, MXL Microphones, and Bedrock LA! With special guests like The Dustbowl Revival, Tumbleweed Wanderers, The Wild Reeds, Rusty Maples, The Far West and many, many more…

Stay Tuned for Updates!

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THE COLOURIST – “After Hours”

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Jake is a die hard Velvet Underground fan. He likes the band so much that he permanently imprinted their rock and roll spirit on his body in the form of a tattoo… and that my friends is the definition of “die hard fan” right there. So it comes as no surprise that Jake chose the Colorist’s rendition of “After Hours” by the Velvet Underground for this months staff pick.

Cuz’s Corner Ep. 43 – C-Walkin’ at Telluride Blues & Brews 2014

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Recently Gene Simmons was quoted saying that Rock and Roll is dead and gone… Spud disagrees and has since made it his mission to prove to Gene and the rest of the world that Rock and Roll is very much alive and well on the road and in the hearts of our dedicated fans… In fact, you only need look to Telluride to prove Gene Simmons wrong.

So… Take a walk with Cuz in the mountains of Telluride, CO., you might learn a thing or two about the resurrection of rock and roll…

Cuz’s Corner Ep. 41 – Steve Gumble

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Cuz fell in love with the Telluride Colorado the moment he saw the mountains. But it wasn’t just the epic vistas and majestic hikes that won Cuz over… No, he took a particular liking to the people of Telluride, the town and the vibes that came along with it. Telluride welcomed Cuz with open arms and open hearts and in return Cuz blessed the people of telluride with his corner.

But one man in particular showed Cuz the true meaning of Telluride hospitality. One man in particular showed Cuz what it really means to live, breath and vibe the Telluride way… Ladies and gentlemen take a seat in Cuz’s Corner with Mr. Steve Gumble… for without him there would be no brews and there would most certainly be no blues.

CANINE CAM THE NEW ORLEANS EDITION

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

RZA’s on the move! This time catch him walking the streets of New Orleans with his best bud Spud and the Jam in the Van crew. Fire hydrants to guitar stands…. RZA peed on everything and left his scent in the city that gave birth to Jazz!

CHECK OUT RZA’S OTHER ADVENTURE FROM SXSW: http://www.jaminthevan.com/canine-cam-the-sxsw-edition/

CUZ’S CORNER EP. 28 – KELLER WILLIAMS

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Spud has always had a soft spot in his heart for solo acoustic acts. Something about the courage, spirit and soul it takes to win over a crowd all by yourself gets Spud’s spider senses tingling… But Keller Williams wasn’t just any acoustic act, this guy turned his guitar into a symphony, children’s choir, and wash board simultaneously. Needless to say, Cuz was impressed….

CHECK OUT MORE FROM CUZ HERE!

CUZ’S CORNER EP. 27 – THE LONDON SOULS

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Spud and the Jam in the Van crew just got back from New Orleans… as you can imagine it was a hell of a ride. Check out the first of many Cuz’s Corners from the city that gave birth to Jazz. First up, The London Souls. Though they’re not actually from London Spud took a particular liking to this group for their excessive amount of soul.

CHECK OUT MORE SESSIONS FROM NOLA HERE!

Cuz’s Corner, Ep. 25 – C-WALKIN’ AT BURGERAMA III

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Cuz loves burgers and there ain’t no better place to get your burger on than Burgerama III… After two days spent amongst the burger-heads Spud himself emerged a true to the bone cruster. Watch the transformation below…..

CHECK OUT MORE SESSIONS FROM BURGERAMA III HERE!

Jam in the Van Presents: OLIN AND THE MOON!

Monday, November 18th, 2013

It’s never too early to plan your holiday phestivities, so go ahead and mark Friday, December 13 down on your calendar as a night of heady good times. We’re doing our thing again at The Satellite, this time we’ve got Olin and the Moon supported by Fairbanks Music, Rainbow Jackson, and Sadie and the Blue Eyed Devils.

Set times are below, RSVP HERE.

BRING SOME CANNED FOOD NOT ONLY BECAUSE YOU CAN WIN SOME SWEET PRIZES AND GET DISCOUNT TIX IN RETURN, BUT ALSO BECAUSE IT’S A HEADY GOOD THING TO DO, YA’HEARD?

9pm – Fairbanks music
10pm – Olin & The Moon
11pm – Rainbow Jackson
Midnight – Sadie & The Blue Eyed Devils
DJ Sets from the folks at Origami Vinyl all night long.

Oh and if you buy tickets in advance and post a photo of them to Olin and the Moon’s Facebook wall they’ll hook you up with some merch, which is heady, the end…