When the Beatles released Abbey Road in 1969 the band was in great turmoil and on the verge of breaking up. Although the album did well in the UK, it came to the US under mixed criticism and it took many years after the fact for this amazing pile of songs to become truly appreciated.
Although the Beatles never performed the album live, many bands over the decades have done their best to honor the songs and the legacy that The Beatles gifted us within Abbey Road. Marin County rockers San Geronimo set forth to bring to life these great songs, words, and melodies by recreating, in its entirety, Abbey Road in an epic, sold-out night at Terrapin Crossroads Grate Room.
The second set was pure San Geronimo songs; hard driving, story-based Americana at it’s best. The band showcased their favorites such as the rocking “Josey”, the sweet love song “Carolina” as well as the bluesy romp of “Pay Day” with a short tribute to Aretha Franklin with Collins-Zee performing a smoldering “Respect.
Says Darren Nelson, “I actually was intimidated by the notion of doing this album. I’m such a big fan of the Beatles and Abbey Road speaks to me as well as so many others worldwide that I was afraid our take on it might ruffle some die-hard feathers. But then as we got working on it I realized I am so proud of my band mates for putting in the amount of hours to respectfully do this album justice. “