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 Post subject: 100 Greatest Jam Bands
PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 9:25 pm 
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100 Greatest Jam Bands

Definition: - A jam artist is an artist or band (usually below the mainstream) who spends large portions of their live performances through unplanned improvising and changing songs through a transition, such as jazz and bluegrass musicans. These bands generally experiment with jazz, world music, progressive bluegrass, and psychadelic rock.

Criteria: - Based on creativity, talent, orignality, Influence, and popularity as a "Jam" band.

Other characteristics:
- Often play many cover songs during live performances
- Utilize elaborate light shows
- Are share-friendly; have live performances on the Internet Archive (http://www.archive.org)
- Perform at music festivals- Bonnaroo, Summer Camp, and Wakarusa used as examples
Newly added names are in Red

Edited By: americanhippos
Last Updated 4-25-07

Link: http://digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_artists-jam.html

1. The Grateful Dead
2. Phish
3. The Allman Brothers Band
4. Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
5. Dave Matthews Band
6. Widespread Panic
7. moe.
8. The Disco Biscuits
9. Primus
10. The String Cheese Incident
11. Umphrey's Mcgee
12. Blues Traveler/John Popper
13. Les Claypool (& His Fancy Band/Fearless Flying Frog Brigade)
14. The Black Crowes
15. Keller Williams (Incident)
16. Galactic
17. Gov't Mule
18. Yonder Mountain String Band
19. Sound Tribe Sector 9
20. Jerry Garcia Band
21. Oysterhead
22. Little Feat
23. New Riders of the Purple Sage
24. Medeski, Martin & Wood
25. The Derek Trucks Band
26. Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers
27. Jack Johnson
28. Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
29. G. Love & Special Sauce
30. Tea Leaf Green
31. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
32. Bob Weir & Ratdog
33. Phil Lesh & Friends
34. Victor Wooten
35. My Morning Jacket
36. Robert Randolph & The Family Band
37. Ween
38. Trey Anastasio (Band/70 Volt Parade/GRAB)
39. Benevento-Russo Duo (& Mike Gordon)
40. Dickey Betts & Great Southern
41. Rusted Root
42. Guster
43. Ben Folds Five
44. Perpetual Groove
45. Steve Kimock Band
46. John Butler Trio
47. The North Mississippi Allstars
48. Colonel Claypool's Bucket Of Bernie Brains
49. Hot Tuna
50. Man or Astroman?
51. The Drive-by Truckers
52. O.A.R.
53. Los Lonely Boys
54. Mike Gordon/Ramble Dove/Leo Kottke
55. Paul Butterfield Blues Band
56. Railroad Earth
57. Acoustic Syndicate
58. The Big Wu
59. Blind Melon
60. Dispatch
61. Animal Liberation Orchestra
62. Bernie Worrell and the WOO Warriors
63. Garaj Mahal
64. Pat McGee Band
65. Matisyahu
66. The New Deal
67. Wishbone Ash
68. Particle
69. Leftover Salmon
70. Aquarium Rescue Unit
71. Lotus
72. New Monsoon
73. Alfred Howard & The K23 Orchestra
74. Hot Buttered Rum String Band
75. John Popper / John Popper Project feat. DJ Logic
76. Fat Freddy's Drop
77. The Bad Plus
78. God Street Wine
79. Quicksilver Messenger Service
80. Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra
81. Addison Groove Project
82. Nickel Creek
83. The Word
84. The Samples
85. Robert Walter's 20th Congress
86. The Spin Doctors
87. Old Crow Medicine Show
88. RAQ
89. Signal Path
90. The Breakfast
91. MOFRO
92. Flowmotion
93. Donna The Buffalo
94. Moonshine Still
95. Assembly of Dust
96. Beanland
97. Tri Point Paradox
98. Zilla
99. Conspirator
100. Strangefolk

Most influential pre-Jam movement artists:
1. The Grateful Dead
2. Cream
3. The Allman Brothers Band
4. Pink Floyd
5. Deep Purple
6. Frank Zappa
7. Santana
8. Jimi Hendrix
9. Led Zeppelin
10. The Yardbirds


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Jam Bands
PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 9:58 pm 
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Anyway to combine the thread at the bottom to this list?


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Jam Bands
PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 10:41 pm 
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americanhippos? Who the hell is that?

Nice that there's a sticky for this, but...

Pretty good criteria at least.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Jam Bands
PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:49 am 
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Whoever americanhippos was, he's been gone awhile.
Go ahead and work on changes to the list, and I'll change the editors name on the main site.

Let me know when your revisions are done. :cheers:


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Jam Bands
PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:51 am 
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lew wrote:
Whoever americanhippos was, he's been gone awhile.
Go ahead and work on changes to the list, and I'll change the editors name on the main site.

Let me know when your revisions are done. :cheers:


I appreciate the response Lew. I'll do some editing tonight.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Jam Bands
PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 3:20 pm 
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The Avett Brothers could be added to this list. They have a pretty strong live reputation right now and are only getting more popular. I'm not too big of a fan but they are from my hometown. I actually see them every once in a while at work.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Jam Bands
PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 6:03 pm 
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Definition: - A jam artist is an artist or band (usually below the mainstream) who spends large portions of their live performances through unplanned improvising and changing songs through a transition, such as jazz and bluegrass musicans. These bands generally experiment with jazz, world music, progressive bluegrass, and psychadelic rock.

Criteria: - Based on creativity, talent, orignality, Influence, and popularity as a "Jam" band.

Other characteristics:
- Often play many cover songs during live performances
- Utilize elaborate light shows
- Are share-friendly; have live performances on the Internet Archive (http://www.archive.org)
- Perform at music festivals- Bonnaroo, Summer Camp, and Wakarusa used as examples

1. The Grateful Dead
2. Phish
3. The Allman Brothers Band
4. Widespread Panic
5. Dave Matthews Band
6. String Cheese Incident
7. Gov't Mule
8. Jerry Garcia Band
9. moe.
10. Yonder Mountain String Band
11. Blues Traveler/John Popper
12. Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
13. The Black Crowes
14. The Disco Biscuits
15. Umphrey's Mcgee
16. Phil Lesh & Friends
17. Ratdog
18. Keller Williams
19. Sound Tribe Sector 9
20. The Spin Doctors
21. Medeski, Martin & Wood
22. Oysterhead
23. Trey Anastasio (70 Volt Parade, Classic TAB, etc)
24. The Derek Trucks Band
25. Galactic
26. Lotus
27. Dickey Betts & Great Southern
28. Old Crow Medicine Show
29. Robert Randolph & The Family Band
30. Les Claypool (& His Fancy Band/Fearless Flying Frog Brigade)
31. Leftover Salmon
32. Aquarium Rescue Unit
33. Rusted Root
34. The Drive-by Truckers
35. North Mississippi All-Stars
36. Tea Leaf Green
37. John Butler Trio
38. Perpetual Groove
39. Mike Gordon
40. The Breakfast
41. Railroad Earth
42. Steve Kimock Band
43. Perpetual Groove
44. Victor Wooten
45. Vida Blue
46. Rhythm Devils
47. Bruce Hornsby
48. Colonel Claypool's Bucket Of Bernie Brains
49. Nickel Creek
50. New Deal

There's no way a list like this could make it to 100. The bottom 50 of the old list had a LOT of fluff, not to mention most weren't even jam bands.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Jam Bands
PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 6:52 pm 
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SanTropez wrote:
Definition: - A jam artist is an artist or band (usually below the mainstream) who spends large portions of their live performances through unplanned improvising and changing songs through a transition, such as jazz and bluegrass musicans. These bands generally experiment with jazz, world music, progressive bluegrass, and psychadelic rock.

Criteria: - Based on creativity, talent, orignality, Influence, and popularity as a "Jam" band.

Other characteristics:
- Often play many cover songs during live performances
- Utilize elaborate light shows
- Are share-friendly; have live performances on the Internet Archive (http://www.archive.org)
- Perform at music festivals- Bonnaroo, Summer Camp, and Wakarusa used as examples

1. The Grateful Dead
2. Phish
3. The Allman Brothers Band
4. Widespread Panic
5. Dave Matthews Band
6. String Cheese Incident
7. Gov't Mule
8. Jerry Garcia Band
9. moe.
10. Yonder Mountain String Band
11. Blues Traveler/John Popper
12. Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
13. The Black Crowes
14. The Disco Biscuits
15. Umphrey's Mcgee
16. Phil Lesh & Friends
17. Ratdog
18. Keller Williams
19. Sound Tribe Sector 9
20. The Spin Doctors
21. Medeski, Martin & Wood
22. Oysterhead
23. Trey Anastasio (70 Volt Parade, Classic TAB, etc)
24. The Derek Trucks Band
25. Galactic
26. Lotus
27. Dickey Betts & Great Southern
28. Old Crow Medicine Show
29. Robert Randolph & The Family Band
30. Les Claypool (& His Fancy Band/Fearless Flying Frog Brigade)
31. Leftover Salmon
32. Aquarium Rescue Unit
33. Rusted Root
34. The Drive-by Truckers
35. North Mississippi All-Stars
36. Tea Leaf Green
37. John Butler Trio
38. Perpetual Groove
39. Mike Gordon
40. The Breakfast
41. Railroad Earth
42. Steve Kimock Band
43. Perpetual Groove
44. Victor Wooten
45. Vida Blue
46. Rhythm Devils
47. Bruce Hornsby
48. Colonel Claypool's Bucket Of Bernie Brains
49. Nickel Creek
50. New Deal

There's no way a list like this could make it to 100. The bottom 50 of the old list had a LOT of fluff, not to mention most weren't even jam bands.


I can't really argue with this list, buddy. Dead first, phish second, allmans third, and panic before Dave is really the necessities that I wanted to see. I could see the following provisions being made, but this is just my input: Keller Williams could move up a spot or two, I would think. North Mississippi All-stars should be above Drive-by truckers and Rusted Root for sure, and I don't see why the Black Crowes are held in such high regard as a jam band, and the same for Blues Travelers. Also, Galactic would be a good band to consider to move up considering the style they bring to the table and the rep of Stanton Moore.

Also, you have Perpetual Groove listed twice. Once at 38, and another at 43. I'd say keep the one holding the 38 position, and add another band like the dirty dozen brass band, or something like that. This really is a hard list to push 50, you're right.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Jam Bands
PostPosted: Sat Oct 23, 2010 7:50 am 
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Blues Traveler is definitely a jam band.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Jam Bands
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Yeah they are, but I wouldn't list them that high.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Jam Bands
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Blues Traveler was maybe the biggest driving force behind the H.O.R.D.E. traveling jam band festival of the early 90s. For that alone, they deserve a fairly high spot.

edit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H.O.R.D.E.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Jam Bands
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Okay fair enough, but what'd you think of my other suggestions?


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Jam Bands
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I don't think Keller Williams should be above the 4 artists in front of him.

What's your argument for this:

"North Mississippi All-stars should be above Drive-by truckers and Rusted Root"

And what do you mean about the Black Crowes? Are you saying they don't jam enough?


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Jam Bands
PostPosted: Sat Oct 23, 2010 9:11 pm 
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SanTropez wrote:
There's no way a list like this could make it to 100. The bottom 50 of the old list had a LOT of fluff, not to mention most weren't even jam bands.


OAR used to be a jam band. Then, around Stories of a Stranger they sold out completely and became pop/rock band. "That Was A Crazy Game of Poker" which used to last upwards of 20 minutes live, now doesn't even make it to the 9 1/2 minute mark (ie, its not even as long as it is on their first album anymore). Fuck them.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Jam Bands
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Saw Blues Traveler 3 times this weekend and put on great shows each time. Much much more jamming this weekend than they did when I saw them back in June. A lot of that had to do with Popper's voice being shot from being sick. I was on the guest list for each of these shows and talked with their tour manager and sound guy, both really nice and helpful. I think they only have a few more shows left on the tour but check them out if they come by next year.

Also saw the Avett Brothers this past week as well. I don't really see what's keeping them from this list either. They are only getting more popular and have already been playing sold out shows for a few years now.


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