Umphrey’s McGee's Jake Cinninger: "I was trying to get that live feel, so it was nice to be able to cut loose on the album guitar-solo wise"

Jake Cinninger, is the guitarist in the band called "Umphrey's McGee". They are performing on their third sold out performance that week end at Red Rocks Ampitheater in Morrison, CO. on June 23, 2019
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When Covid-19 effectively shut down the live music industry in 2020, many acts responded by heading back into the studio. Among them was long-running jam band Umphrey’s McGee.

But, given that the group has made its name over the past several decades primarily through its instrumentally rigorous, highly improvisational live shows, they hit the studio this time with the stage in mind. Specifically, they laid down a collection of band-composed intros that, for years, have served as their walk-on soundbites, played at the beginning of each performance.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.