Beauty of My Dreams
Music/Lyrics: Del McCoury
Vocals: Trey (lead); Mike, Page (backing)
Original Artist: The Del McCoury Band
Original Album: Blue Side of Town (1992)
Historian: Phillip Zerbo (pzerbo)
The upbeat bluegrass tune “Beauty of My Dreams” is an original composition of the influential bluegrass musician Del McCoury. Debuted in the on the winter ’97 European tour, “Beauty of My Dreams” was in regular rotation in the Phish repertoire from its debut until the hiatus.
Del McCoury Band, "Beauty of My Dreams"
Phish versions of the tune are straightforward and do not vary, and with only a handful of exceptions it has served a utility role in first sets. Two notable exceptions involved very special guests: on 7/1/99 in Antioch, TN the song was performed with Jerry Douglas on dobro, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Tim O’Brien on fiddle, and a few weeks later on 7/18/99 Phish performed this tune with the original artist as they welcomed the full Del McCoury Band on stage during the festival gig at Oswego, NY.
Phish, "Beauty of My Dreams" – 2/16/97, Cologne, Germany
“Beauty of My Dreams” was a setlist workhorse from its debut in 1997 through the hiatus in 2000, with forty-eight appearances in four years. Subsequently the song has become a genuine rarity, appearing only twice in the last decade: on 7/22/03 at Deer Creek, and then rather unexpectedly after a 133-show absence on 12/31/10 at Madison Square Garden.
Phish, "Beauty of My Dreams" – 12/31/10, New York, NY
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