Using Greil Marcus’ book THE OLD, WEIRD AMERICA as a touchstone, THE "BASEMENT TAPES" PROJECT explores the mysterious underground recordings made by Bob Dylan and The Band in 1967. The project has been programmed to wide acclaim at a major national venues, including Lincoln Center’s “American Songbook” series, The Steppenwolf Theatre, The Flynn Center in Burlington, VT and at Duke Performances in Durham, NC.
"One of the greatest performances I've seen in my life." - Carter Smith, Common Ground Concerts
"Fishman, much like Dylan himself, is loath to tarry very long in any one particular neck of the musical woods. Something of a sonic Zelig, Fishman works backward to get to the root of Dylan's source material, rather than attempting to drag the rustic songs into the 21st century." - David Sprague, VARIETY
"Nothing short of spectacular. Dylan's Basement Tapes obviously are simply muse inspiration...the show is as much Fishman's creation as it is Dylan’s oeuvre. Everyone in Fishman's band is not just a virtuoso but a total innovator. Reminded me of the Rolling Thunder Review in 1975." - Donald Wilcox, Blues Revue Magazine
"Not a tribute...Aside from offering public performances of music that Dylan refuses to release, it presents an important critical lesson about Dylan's past-into-present musical relationship with The Band while using the songs themselves more as suggestions than scripts." - Grayson Currin, INDY WEEK
"Moving, full of pleasure and real—nothing virtual about it." Marc Woodworth, Salmagundi Magazine and author of How To Write About Music
"Beautiful and ethereal in a timeless way." - Brett Sigurdson, BURLINGTON WRITERS WORKSHOP
"Musically powerful...blew me away." - KEENE EQUINOX