Native began when Mike Jaimes helped me arrange a song I’d written on a heartbreaking night during Dead Tour, 1991. Mike gave me a lot of encouragement, but when it came time to lay down the lead vocal, he grabbed the mic and gave us this one-take performance.
In the following months, we decided it would be a good thing to put together a band to play the darn thing, and that led to the formation of Native, when Mat Hut, Matt Lyons, Anthony Ballsley, John Wood, and soundman Robert Smith convened five stories underground in my Mott Street studio.
Over time, the song’s arrangement evolved into a 20-minute + mega-jam. Still, even in its’ nascent state, Something Worth Remembering was kinda epic.