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Doom Flamingo – “Touch of Grey” (Live)

In honor of Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh’s 81st birthday, Doom Flamingo have released a cover of “Touch of Grey” that was recorded live at the Charleston Pour House. As you may know, “Touch of Grey” was the only actual hit single that the Grateful Dead released in their more than 30 year existence as a band, coming late in their career, too, in 1987 (though they had played the song live as early as 1982). At that time, they were already well-established as the legendary touring band that they were, but “Touch of Grey” brought in a massive influx of new fans and led them into their final era.

Doom Flamingo’s take on “Touch of Grey” is a refreshing spin on the tried-and-true song, brushing off the dust and adding their very own silver lining. It features a synth-heavy arrangement that takes the groove down a notch from the original upbeat recording, with saxophone bringing out the emotions and of course Kanika Moore’s fantastic vocals leading the way. As Doom Flamingo find themselves in the modern version of a scene started by the Grateful Dead, it’s only fitting that they pay homage to the band in this way. This is some really good stuff.

Watch the live video of Doom Flamingo’s “Touch of Grey” below, and listen to the single on Spotify below that.