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The Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh and his son Grahame share a band — and an even stronger bond


Phil Lesh, left, and his son Grahame regularly jam together in the Terrapin Family Band. (John R Wisdom)

When Grahame Lesh decided to enter his high school talent show in 2003, he asked his dad, Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, if he’d join him to perform the band’s hippie-era anthem “Sugar Magnolia.”

“I was so touched and so proud that he invited me to play with him,” Phil says.

Phil, 77, and Grahame, 30, now play together regularly, anchoring the Terrapin Family Band, Phil’s latest Dead-centric project that grew out of regular gigs at Terrapin Crossroads, the family’s bar, restaurant and music venue in San Rafael, Calif.

“People ask me what it’s like to play music with my son and I say, ‘It’s the best thing in the whole universe.’ I can’t even describe it,” Phil says. “A lot of times when we’re together we’re not so much like father and son as we are just a couple of musicians.”

Grahame, for his part, has tried to come at music in his…


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