10 Outstanding Live Archival Audio Recordings Added To nugs.net In 2021

The ever-growing roster of artists featured on nugs.net continued to expand in 2021. Right now, JamBase visitors can sign up for a $50 annual subscription to the vast nugs.net catalog of live concert recordings. The special offer is available for a limited time, so sign up today and save $80 off an annual streaming subscription.

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Among the 2021 additions to the nugs.net catalog of archival live recordings were performances by the Jerry Garcia Band, Bruce Springsteen, The White Stripes, Greensky Bluegrass, Lotus and Steve Kimock Band. The catalog also added several new artists, with Billy & The Kids, Dawes, David Grisman, New Riders of The Purple Sage, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Ziggy Marley, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, The Hold Steady, Maggie Rose and The Jauntee joining the nugs.net roster.

The nugs.net catalog also grew to include live concert recordings by Aussie psych-rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, soul-funkers The Nth Power and southern rock ambassadors Blackberry Smoke. Those acts and more are featured below in JamBase’s list of 10 outstanding live archival audio recordings added to nugs.net in 2021 presented in chronological order.

Jerry Garcia Band: NorCal ’76

The most recent installment of the Jerry Garcia live archival series GarciaLive collects highlights from three Jerry Garcia Band concerts held in Northern California between November 7 – 13, 1976. GarciaLive Volume 17: NorCal ’76 features 14 smoking tracks recorded by Betty Cantor-Jackson. Guitarist Jerry Garcia was backed at the time by Grateful Dead bandmates vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux and keyboardist Keith Godchaux plus a rhythm section of drummer Ron Tutt and bassist John Kahn. Stellar renditions of “Sugaree,” “I’ll Take A Melody,” “They Love Each Other,” “Friend Of The Devil” and “The Way You Do The Things You Do” are among standouts.


Bruce Springsteen: The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band headlined a pair of benefit concerts at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on September 21 and 22, 1979. A concert film containing a composite performance culled from the two shows was put together by longtime Springsteen collaborator Thom Zimny. nugs.net subscribers can stream audio of the 13-song set remixed by legendary engineer Bob Clearmountain. Highlights include early takes on “The River” and “Sherry Darling” as well as beloved tunes “Born To Run,” “Thunder Road” and “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight).” Additionally, The Boss collaborated with Jackson Browne, Tom Petty and Rosemary Butler on a cover of Maurice Williams’ “Stay.”


The White Stripes: April 20, 2001

nugs.net continued to add to an ever-growing collection of Jack White and The White Stripes live shows in 2021. Jack and Meg White’s sizzling concert at The Bottle Rocket in Toledo, Ohio from April 20, 2001 is among the killer White Stripes performances now available for streaming on the service. The pair treated fans to what archivist Ben Blackwell notes is the first recorded performance of White Blood Cells classic “I Think I Smell A Rat.” This early version was played much slower than in later years. Also, be sure to check out the smoldering “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground,” rare cover of Son House’s “Death Letter” and the aggro “Screwdriver” closer.


Wilco: September 4, 2003

Each month Wilco provides nugs.net subscribers with a fresh Front Of House live archival release. One of this year’s best features the band’s September 4, 2003 concert at the McDonald Theatre in Eugene, Oregon. The show features frontman Jeff Tweedy backed by recent additions Mikael Jorgenson on keyboards and drummer Glenn Kotche as well as rhythm guitarist Leroy Bach. Recorded nine months before Wilco released their A Ghost Is Born LP, the concert includes early versions of the album’s “At Least That’s What You Said,” “Handshake Drugs,” “I’m A Wheel,” “Less Than You Think” and “Spiders (Kidsmoke).” There are also six songs off Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, four from 1996’s Being There and more goodies all in crispy sonic sound quality.


Steve Kimock Band: September 10, 2005

Guitarist Steve Kimock has put together many amazing Steve Kimock Band lineups over the years but the one featured at a private party held at BR Cohn Winery in Glen Ellen, California on September 10, 2005 stands among the best. The recently added live audio recording finds Steve Kimock accompanied by drummer Rodney Holmes, keyboardist Robert Walter, saxophonist Martin Fierro and bassist Reed Mathis. Additionally, Steve’s son, John Kimock subs for Holmes on “Anorexia,” “Green Onions” and “Cissy Strut.”


Lotus: April 12, 2007

One of the latest archive releases from jamtronica pioneers Lotus features the band’s April 12, 2007 concert at The Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado. Lotus bassist Jesse Miller mixed the multi-track recording with fantastic results. Standouts include exploratory versions of “Wax,” “Tip Of The Tongue,” “Nematode” and “Did Fatt” as well as the hard-hitting “Umbilical Moonset.” The band closed out the evening with a stellar “Intro To A Cell” that needs to be heard to be believed.


The Nth Power: November 13, 2012

Last month The Nth Power finally joined the nugs.net family. The band curated a collection of 12 archival sets now available for streaming, which shows the evolution of what is now a trio. Included within is The Nth Power’s first official gig that took place at The Blue Nile in New Orleans on November 13, 2012. The group was in town to record their EP, Basic Minimum Skills Test, and was joined by legendary percussionist Bill Summers and former member Nigel Hall. Be sure to hear early originals “Only You” and “Only Love” and a collection of covers that include Maze’s “Joy & Pain,” D’Angelo’s “Spanish Joint” and Earth Wind & Fire’s “Getaway.”


King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: May 2, 2014

Australian rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are another act nugs.net welcomed to the streaming service in 2021. What better way to dive into the band’s music than with their U.S. debut? The dynamic set was taped in Austin at the Psych Fest on May 2, 2014. The lineup featured on the recording includes Ambrose Kenny-Smith (harmonica, keys, vocals), Cook Craig (guitar, bass), Eric Moore (drums), Joey Walker (guitar, vocals), Lucas Skinner (bass), Michael Cavanagh (drums) and Stu Mackenzie (guitar, vocals). Lawrence recorded the eight-song set that Mackenzie mixed. King Gizz previewed their fifth studio album, I’m In Your Mind Fuzz, by performing five tracks from an LP that came out the following October.


Blackberry Smoke: March 14, 2019

Southern rockers Blackberry Smoke handpicked seven concerts from 2018 and 2019 as their initial nugs.net offerings. While the band can get heavy, Blackberry Smoke’s acoustic performance from March 14, 2019 at Lexington Opera House in Lexington, Kentucky displays their impressive songwriting abilities. Part of the Break It Down Acoustic Tour 2019, the 23-song performance features standout renditions of originals “Ain’t Much Left Of Me,” “One Horse Town,” “Run Away From It All,” “Crimson Moon” and more. Covers include Led Zeppelin’s “Tangerine,” The Allman Brothers Band’s “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More,” The Rolling Stones’ “Dead Flowers” and Tom Petty’s “You Got Lucky.”


Greensky Bluegrass: July 12, 2019

nugs.net subscribers can stream every Greensky Bluegrass show shortly after the band leaves the stage. However, there was an exception in 2019. The jamgrass quintet’s July 12, 2019 performance at the 4848 Festival never made it onto the service … until recently. Dubbed “The Missing Show,” the never-before-released audio features a number of incredible collaborations. Joshua Davis joins the band for “Delta 88,” while guitarist Marcus King adds to “I’d Probably Kill You” and “Ain’t No Bread In The Breadbox.” Finally, Cris Jacobs helps out on GSBG original “Past My Prime” and leads the band through his own “Bone Digger.”


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