Just a couple months ago, The String Cheese Incident announced a brand new studio project called the SCI Sound Lab. As guitarist Michael Kang explained to us in an interview, the Sound Lab was the band’s first-ever studio owned and operated entirely by themselves; a creative space for SCI and its band members to not only create and produce new music, but to release said music to the fans with immediacy.Among the band’s members, none has taken more of a shining to the Sound Lab than Kyle Hollingsworth. The keyboardist has worked on a number of singles with SCI, and released a series of his own solo band music through the new creative space. Hollingsworth has had a prolific summer, sharing fun songs like the Grateful Dead inspired “Tumbling” and the funky “Let Me In.”Today, we’re delighted to share the third and final in Kyle’s Summer Sounds From The Lab playlist series. Titled “So Fine,” the keyboardist tells us about the inspiration behind the track: “This is a song that KHB worked up in the new SCI Sound Lab. I grabbed Keith Moseley to help finish up the lyrics. It’s a bit of a happy-end-of-summer tune. Yes…Sorry…Sometimes I write happy songs.”Listen to the premiere of “So Fine,” streaming below exclusively via L4LM.The String Cheese Incident finished their summer tour last night at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre, and will spend the next few months working in the studio before their Hulaween festival in Live Oak, FL from October 27-30. The band’s only other scheduled tour dates for 2016 are a New Years run at the 1stBANK Center in Broomfield, CO, as the group aims to work on creating new music throughout the rest of the year. Of course, Kyle Hollingsworth has a few dates of his own on the books, including his annual Hoppy Holidays benefit on December 3rd! Information about that Conscious Alliance event can be found here.As a bonus, here’s Kyle telling fans about his new single!
Last weekend, jam worlds collided when Mike Gordon performed with progressive bluegrass heroes (and longtime Phish fans) Greensky Bluegrass. The collaboration went down at the band’s inaugural Camp Greensky Music Festival, which took over the Hoxeyville festival grounds in Wellston, MI.Gordon came on stage toward the end of Greensky Bluegrass’ headlining set on Saturday, June 2nd. The Phish bassist took up an acoustic guitar for a cover of Alison Krauss‘ “Endless Highway” before switching to his usual weapon of choice—the electric bass—for a set-closing take on the Greensky original “Don’t Lie”.Gordon was on hand at Camp Greensky after wrapping up a main stage performance with his own Mike Gordon Band. According to Greensky Bluegrass dobro player Anders Beck, there was a 65% chance that Gordon would sit in at Camp Greensky, so the band was no doubt excited when he did. Fortunately, we can all relive the magic of Greensky & Gordon with this video courtesy of YouTube user Peter Huebner.Greensky Bluegrass feat. Mike Gordon – “Endless Highway” & “Don’t Lie”[Video: Peter Huebner]Can’t get enough of Greensky Bluegrass’ Camp Greensky collaborations? Head over to archive.org to give the full Saturday show—which featured sit ins from Marco Benevento, Chris Jacobs, and Dusty Ray Simmons—a listen.