Following last year’s successful Songs Of Their Own video series of artists covering songs by the Grateful Dead, the Twenty Years Later video series features some of JamBase’s favorite musicians recording songs released in 1996. Looking back, the music released 20 years ago proved to be critical in both rock ‘n’ roll history and particularly within the jam band scene. The year 1996 saw seminal albums released by Phish, Dave Matthews Band, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, moe., The String Cheese Incident, the Disco Biscuits, Keller Williams, Galactic, Medeski Martin & Wood, God Street Wine, Strangefolk and The Slip, helping to solidify the maturing jam scene.
There were also influential records issued in 1996 by the likes of artists as diverse as Beck, Jamiroquai, Modest Mouse, Rage Against The Machine, Johnny Cash, Pearl Jam, Sting, Tool, 2Pac and many others. The Twenty Years Later video series takes a look back at those releases, with participating artists covering songs from albums turning 20 this year. For this installment, Natalie Cressman and Mike Bono put their fingerprints on “You Still Touch Me” by Sting.
Serving as the second single off of The Police bassist’s fifth solo LP Mercury Falling, the soulfully funky “You Still Touch Me” was one of 11 songs on the Hugh Padgham-produced record. The album was recorded at Sting’s 16th-century manor house mansion located in rural England. Sting enlisted trumpeter Wayne Jackson and saxophonist Andrew Love of The Memphis Horns to augment the original recording that also featured guitarist Dominic Miller and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta.
Vocalist/trombonist Natalie Cressman of Trey Anastasio Band and guitarist Mike Bono were recent guests at JamBase headquarters in San Francisco. The frequent collaborators delivered an acoustic arrangement of Sting’s 20-year-old composition while visiting JB HQ.
Sound and video recorded and edited by Jake Alexander www.creativesf.com