When original member/bassist Scott Palmer died suddenly in 2006, the men in John Brown's Body struggled to find the heart to continue in the wake of their friend's passing. A few of the band's members couldn't get over the tragedy and departed. But just as the future looked most bleak, JBB found solace in its own music. New members arrived, new songs were written, and a new morning did indeed break.
With this rebirth came a deepening of the already considerable JBB rhythm section. Drum 'n' bass, dub and traces of "live-tronica" began to appear, and JBB captured these first rays of a new rising sun on the album "Amplify," a No. 1 hit on the reggae charts, but also in the hearts of jam-band fans around the world.
Already one of the most formidable live acts of its generation, John Brown's Body has become an even stronger unit in the aftermath of heartbreaking loss. As it has done for so many for so long, music itself lent a healing balm to JBB. The band will spread that love at the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.) at 8 p.m. Saturday. Dub Is a Weapon will open. Remaining tickets are $14 advance, $16 day of show (box office, Ticketmaster.com).
-- Jeff Miers