When it comes to jam bands no one does it up like the boys in Lettuce. Officially labeled a funk group, the gents formed in Boston back in 1992, which means it’s safe to say these guys know exactly what they’re doing. With countless albums to their name, including both studio and live records, the band has garnered a reputation for being some of the best in the biz. Countless tours have made Lettuce cultivate a massive fan base, which is clearly evident at their spectacular concerts. Just this year the band’s album ‘Elevate’ was nominated for a Grammy for Instrumental Album of the Year. Not bad!
Sax player Ryan Zoidis was nice enough to answer our questions and curated a playlist that’ll be blasting through your airwaves for months to come.
HOW IS QUARANTINE LIFE? WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO KEEP YOURSELF OCCUPIED AT HOME?
Ryan Zoidis: Is it ok to say I’m enjoying it? I haven’t been home this long in 20 years, at least. My daughter is about to be 10 and I feel lucky to be home for this stage of her life. I’ve been homeschooling her, going to the beach up here in Maine, and enjoying the remote outdoors. I’ve also had plenty of time to practice saxophone and make music. I’ve been cooking a ton and being creative with that. Also maintaining a healthy routine which is impossible to do with the usual itinerary.
WHEN THIS IS ALL OVER, WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MOST?
Ryan: That first show back with Lettuce is gonna be a doozy. Seeing people dance and vibe together and be healed by music.
LET US KNOW A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE PLAYLIST YOU’VE COMPILED FOR US!
Ryan: The playlist is just a general mix of the different styles of music I’ve been exploring and some that are old standbys. It’s all over the place – from Brazil to Jamaica to Texas. I love how much music we’re all able to take in right now. It feels good to really sit down and listen while some of us have this time to reflect. I’ve been able to refresh on some old stuff and discover great music along the way.