Trey Anastasio is preparing to head out on a brief Spring run with his original solo trio featuring drummer Russ Lawton and bassist Tony Markellis following the news that Trey Anastasio Band keyboardist Ray Paczkowski was sidelined after surgery on a brain tumor. For more information about the Trey Anastasio Trio tour and its significance and history, head here. Today, Trey Anastasio announced that a recorded orchestral version of “Petrichor” is now available for on all major streaming and download services including Spotify, Amazon, and Apple Music.Since 2001, the Phish guitarist has worked with several highly-regarded symphonies nationwide, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and the National Symphony Orchestra, composing orchestral arrangements of his Phish material and leading the ensembles on guitar. In the Fall of 2014, Trey performed a series of orchestral concerts to showcase his newest composition, “Petrichor,” which has since been adapted for the Phish canon (on 2016’s Big Boat) and served as the centerpiece for the 2016-2017 New Year’s Gag.In September of 2017, Trey set mounted a pair of orchestral performances with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, respectively, where he brought “Petrichor” back to its orchestral roots. Following those performances, Trey Anastasio shared a recording of his orchestral arrangement of “Petrichor” on Facebook with the following note:“Many thanks to conductor Steven Reinike, my dear friend orchestrator and arranger Don Hart, Nashville Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and to all the people who came out and made these last two orchestral shows so special! Thank you! … Unfortunately, I’m unable to share recordings of these performances, but I would like to share the orchestral recording of ‘Petrichor.’”However, at the time, the recording was only available via the YouTube link Anastasio shared. Now, you can listen to orchestral “Petrichor” on any platform, any time. You can listen to “Orchestral Petrichor” below.
By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia is on track to have one of its best and sweetest peach crops in a decade, experts say.The harvest is well under way. Weather conditions have been good. Peach growers should be happy with what they’re seeing, said Kathy Taylor, a horticulturist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.Dry weather has kept disease problems to a minimum. But it hasn’t caused much stress on the trees, she said. Small afternoon showers and irrigation have given trees enough moisture.The dry, sunny but cool spring helped the peaches become sweeter this year, too, she said. Excessive water generally dilutes peaches.”Georgia peaches have a good, sweet flavor this year,” she said. “I know. I’ve tasted them already.”The harvest starts around the first of May and ends the second week of August.Taylor said trees are strong and healthy right now. There should be many peaches for shoppers to buy well into August, she said.During early harvest, trees generally produce around 75 pounds of peaches per tree. Later-harvested trees could produce as much as 300 pounds per tree, she said.Georgia farmers grow about 15,000 acres of peaches.The cool winter helped trees, too. Peach trees need a certain number of chill hours, or hours below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, to perform well in spring and summer.Middle Georgia, where about 95 percent of the peaches are grown, had about 1,160 chill hours. South Georgia orchards got about 770 chill hours. This was enough to help trees remain dormant for their necessary winter naps.A little frost harmed some trees in the south this spring, she said. “But overall,” she said, “everything has gone right this year for Georgia’s peach crop.”