Jam Bands

Jesse Miller of Lotus talks about branching out into hip-hop on Monks, the act's latest album

Having been characterized as a "jam band" for so many years, Lotus took a different approach with its latest album and delved into the world of hip-hop. Calling on a specific group of MCs and styles, the band dropped a great collaborative album that showed the instrumental talents that have built them up to be one of the greatest touring jam bands today. Keep reading for a clip of the outfit playing "Wax" at Red Rocks last year, and for our latest chat with frontman Jesse Miller about how being in a jam band allows vocalists to fill the voids where instruments once sat.

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Britt Chester is a writer and video producer living in Denver, Colorado. He's covered breaking news, music, arts and cannabis for Westword since 2010. His work has appeared in GQ Magazine, Village Voice, YES! Weekly, Inman News and the Winston-Salem Journal. He likes running, cycling, and interviewing people.
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