Reverend Jefferson is the premier tribute to San Francisco’s legendary Grace Slick and Jefferson Airplane. Their psychedelic sound virtually defined the Haight-Ashbury community and the rapidly expanding revolutionary fervor of the times. The album, Surrealistic Pillow, contains both “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit “.
Grace Slick, a beautiful, irreverent and often caustic performer, with her siren-song, banshee wail, urging us to “Feed your head,” and her harmonies with bandmates Paul Kantner and Marty Balin became the benchmark of the Airplane sound, which was and remains one of the true voices of a generation. Three members of the Reverend Jefferson band: Joanne Lediger, David Frye, and Scott Petry, are longtime rabid fans of the Airplane, and at the urging of manager conspired to put together what for them, is a labor of love.
Vocalist Joanne Lediger (Joe Cocker, Dr. John, Vassar Clements, Jack Casady, Derek Trucks, Cornell Dupree, John Popper, Stir Fried etc. ) has the power and skill to capture the intensity and nuance of Grace Slick at the height of her powers. Ms. Lediger brings Slick’s ice and fire to life like no one else. Guitarist/vocalist David Frye (Gil Parris, Bernie Williams, alternative folk/rockers, The Kennedys, performed with Johnny Winter, Buddy Miles) works with Ms. Lediger to weave together their voices, and having sung together so many years, meld effortlessly. Guitarist David Berg (Dark Star Orchestra, Paul Butterfield, Tiberius, Steve Kimock, Buddy Cage, Vassar Clements) has been a mainstay on the jamband circuit from its beginnings, and is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music. He brings the fiery snap and howl of Jorma Kaukonen’s distinctive and melodic solos.
Bassist John Cassano actually studied with the Airplane’s dazzling and thunderous bassist, Jack Casady, and performed with Jack’s partner in Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, Jorma Kaukonen. John does his instructor proud with his mastering of a bass guitar great’s sound. Scott Petry (Cornell Dupree, Larry Coryell) is the foundation supporting the music as it soars and when it whispers. Mr. Petry is a schooled, seasoned and empathetic musician, using the drums in an almost symphonic approach.