The Third Mind 2 and Tour

The Third Mind On The Road

Photo: Leslie Campbell

The Third Mind

First Tour On The Back Of Acclaimed Album ‘The Third Mind 2’

The Third Mind is an improvisational music collective with an all-star lineup that includes Dave Alvin, Jesse Sykes, Victor Krummenacher, Michael Jerome and guest guitarist Mark Karan. The band is dedicated to experimenting with new, unorthodox and unrehearsed sounds while paying tribute to groundbreaking artists like Michael Bloomfield and Fred Neil. Their first U.S. tour is in support of their recently released and critically acclaimed album The Third Mind 2.

The band will kick off the ten-date USA West Coast run from January 11 in Portland, Oregon, culminating in Ventura, California on February 3.

The Third Mind made their live debut performance at the 2023 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in San Francisco’s legendary Golden Gate Park in front of a crowd estimated at 4,000, combining folk-rock, blues, jazz, post-punk, and freeform psychedelia with both dark and beautiful sonic landscapes. 

Created, produced and directed by Krummenacher, the band has shared the official video for “Sally Go Round The Roses” which incorporates footage from the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass live performance.

“I love how Jesse’s vocal captures the plaintive, heart wrenching warnings of the lyrics while the band’s performance captures the collage of wild emotions hidden in those simple yet powerful lyrics.” – Dave Alvin

“When we hit the stage live at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, I felt like I’d come home.  I’m excited to be playing in The Third Mind’s live/touring line-up.” – Mark Karan

The brainchild of Grammy award-winning guitarist Alvin and veteran alternative music bassist Krummenacher (Camper Van Beethoven, Monks of Doom, Eyelids), The Third Mind’s recordings also feature guitarist David Immerglück

The Third Mind 2 (via Yep Roc Records) is a six-song set, which runs the length of three LP sides, and features an original composition “Tall Grass,” written by Sykes and Alvin for the album, along with other material that reflects the band members’ varied musical histories, including “Groovin’ is Easy,” “Why Not Your Baby” and “Sally Go Round The Roses”. With a “no safety parachute” recording approach, the band used free-form studio techniques inspired by Miles Davis and showcased on their debut with no rehearsals, preconceived arrangements and recording spontaneous group improvisations live in the studio. 

The album was produced by The Third Mind and recorded by Will Golden at Sir Tiger Studio in Los Angeles, mixed by Craig Parker Adams at Winslow Court Studios in Los Angeles and mastered by David Glasser at Airshow Mastering. The fourth LP side features The Third Mind Mandala etching by Tony Fitzpatrick with artwork by Lou Beach.

The Third Mind 2 Tracklisting:

Side A

1.Groovin’ Is Easy

2. Why Not Your Baby

Side B

3. In My Own Dream

4.Tall Grass

Side C

5. Sally Go Round The Roses

6. A Little Bit Of Rain

Side D 

Features The Third Mind Mandala etching by Tony Fitzpatrick



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The Third Mind On The Road


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