Banjo and pedal steel player Gordon Stone can be found touring with his very own Gordon Stone Band. The band, originally known as the Gordon Stone Trio, featured Stone, along with mandolin player Jamie Masefield and bassist Stacy Starkweather, both known for their work in Jazz Mandolin Project. The later addition of drummer Russ Lawton (whom Phish fans also know as the drummer in Trey’s solo band) prompted the band's name change. The Gordon Stone Band has played at a few of Phish's festivals including The Clifford Ball, The Great Went and Lemonwheel. The Gannett Press acclaimed a recent release – Even with the Odds – as “instrumental album of the year.”
In 1992, Gordon Stone got a call from Mike Gordon, requesting banjo lessons. Mike had seen him play bluegrass at clubs around Burlington. While Phish was recording A Picture of Nectar, Stone again received a call from Mike inviting him play banjo and pedal steel guitar on “Poor Heart.” Stone can also be heard playing pedal steel on “Fast Enough for You,” from Rift. In addition, in 2001 his band contributed a cover of “Runaway Jim” to the Phish tribute album Sharin’ in the Groove: Celebrating the Music of Phish. In 2003, Stone and Lawton appeared on Mike’s solo album, Inside In.
In November of 1992, Stone joined Phish on stage at St. Michael’s College, where he added some pedal steel to “Fast Enough for You.” He would again join them in 1993 in Stowe, VT with his banjo on “Paul and Silas,” “TMWSIY” and “Rocky Top.” Mike sat in with Stone’s bands on 3/5/95, 10/1/96 and 10/3/96; Fishman did so on 10/3/96, 1/20/97, 1/25/97 and 5/24/01. Mike, Stone, Scott Murawski and Greg DeGuglielmo performed as “The Drop Caps” on 1/25/97 at the Ann Arbor Folk Festival. On 5/3/00, Mike, Stone, Lawton, Vassar Clements, and Doug Perkins collaborated for a bluegrass jam session at Middlebury College. And on 5/31/03, Stone sat in with Grappa Boom, Mike’s trio with Masefield and Perkins.
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