This unique Philadelphia-based Dead tribute explores the preciously-crafted Hunter/Garcia/Weir/Barlow gems in their most natural acoustic setting. Nuggets of bluegrass, folk and cowboy tunes mixed with three-part harmonies showcase the revered American Beauty/Workingman’s Dead-era. With an eye towards moving the crowd's feet and pulling off fun transitions, their sets typically dissolve into full-blown jubilees of epic proportions. The shows are geared towards improvisation, and along with a thumping rhythm section, transport the crowd through a vast spectrum of classics from all points Grateful Dead, including covers of the covers that the Dead covered.
The band can perform as 2-8 pieces, made up of a tight crew of Philadelphia area musicians that have been playing together for 20 years in different formations of original and cover bands. Combining their love of performing and the Grateful Dead, they strive to grow Four Lean Hounds beyond just an allusion.
In Franklin's tower the four winds sleep
Like Four Lean Hounds, the lighthouse keep
Wildflower seed on the sand and wind
May the four winds blow you home again