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Trey Anastasio is a multi-talented musician, songwriter, and composer who is best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist of the rock band Phish. Born on September 30, 1964, in Fort Worth, Texas, Anastasio grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, where he attended Princeton Day School. He started playing guitar at the age of eight and formed his first band, Space Antelope, while attending the University of Vermont.



Anastasio's love for music led him to form Phish in 1983, along with his college friends Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon, and Jeff Holdsworth. The band's unique sound, which blends elements of rock, jazz, funk, and bluegrass, quickly gained a following, and they became one of the most popular touring acts of the 1990s. Phish released their first album, "Junta," in 1989, and went on to release a total of 14 studio albums, including the critically acclaimed "Billy Breathes" and "Farmhouse."

In addition to his work with Phish, Anastasio has also released several solo albums, including "Traveler," "Paper Wheels," and "Ghosts of the Forest." He has collaborated with a number of other musicians, including Dave Matthews, Carlos Santana, and Herbie Hancock, and has composed music for orchestras and Broadway shows.

Anastasio's Broadway debut came in 2019, when he composed the music for the musical "Hands on a Hardbody." The show, which was based on a documentary of the same name, followed a group of contestants as they competed to win a new truck by keeping their hands on it for as long as possible. Anastasio's score, which blended rock, country, and gospel influences, was praised by critics for its energy and emotional depth.

Anastasio's work as a composer has also extended to film and television. He composed the score for the 2018 documentary "Between Me and My Mind," which followed his creative process as he wrote and recorded his solo album "Ghosts of the Forest." He has also contributed music to several films, including "The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday" and "Heavy Petting Zoo."

Despite his success as a musician and composer, Anastasio has faced his share of challenges over the years. He struggled with addiction in the early 2000s and was arrested for drug possession in 2006. However, he has since turned his life around and has been sober for over a decade. He has spoken openly about his struggles with addiction and has used his platform to advocate for addiction recovery and mental health awareness.

Anastasio's most recent work includes the release of "Lonely Trip," a live album recorded during his solo acoustic tour in 2019. He has also been working on new music with Phish and has hinted at the possibility of a new album in the near future. In addition, he has been involved in a number of philanthropic efforts, including the establishment of the Divided Sky Fund, which supports addiction recovery and environmental conservation.

Overall, Trey Anastasio is a talented and versatile musician who has made a significant impact on the world of rock and roll. His work with Phish and as a solo artist has earned him a dedicated fan base and critical acclaim, and his contributions to Broadway, film, and television have showcased his versatility as a composer. Anastasio's commitment to sobriety and mental health advocacy has also made him a respected and influential figure in the music industry.

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Trey Anastasio Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 2013 - Outstanding Music

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Drama Desk Awards - 2013 - Outstanding Orchestrations

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Tony Awards - 2013 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

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Performers and Presenters for 2024 Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala Includes Carrie Underwood, Kevin Bacon & More

Trey Anastasio, Kevin Bacon and Michael Bacon p/k/a The Bacon Brothers, Cary Barlowe, Andra Day, Rodney Chrome, El Debarge, Missy Elliott, Jason Isbell, Nile Rodgers, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Deniece Williams and Paul Williams will either present and/or perform at the 53rd Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner slated for Thursday, June 13th at the Marriot Marquis Hotel in New York City.
Phish Share New Song 'Oblivion' Ahead of New Album

Phish has announced the premiere of “Oblivion,” the second song released from their forthcoming new album, Evolve. Phish’s first album in over four years, Evolve arrives on Friday, July 12. True to Phish’s unique creative process, the album’s 12 songs were selected from arrangements shaped by the band’s dynamic live performances. Some, like the fan-favorite 'A Wave Of Hope,' have become springboards for Phish's most soaring improvisation. Listen to the new song now!
North American Tour of MYSTIC PIZZA to Launch in January 2025

The highly-anticipated musical adaptation of the 1988 classic movie MYSTIC PIZZA, which recently completed a critically hailed run at LA Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts this past January, will embark on a North American Tour in January 2025.
HANDS ON A HARDBODY to be Presented at Marietta Theatre Company in June

Marietta Theatre Company will present HANDS ON A HARDBODY, a musical about 10 contestants competing for a truck. Learn how to purchase tickets.
HANDS ON A HARDBODY Comes to Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati in June

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati will close its 2023-2024 Season with the regional musical revival of the fan favorite Hands on a Hardbody.
Tanglewood Learning Institute Announces 2024 Spotlight Series

Tanglewood has announced additional programs and updates to its 2024 season (June 20–August 31), which celebrate the legacy of Seiji Ozawa and reflect the BSO's commitment as a service organization to advancing the humanities and enriching the lives of Berkshire residents: 
HADESTOWN, DEAR EVAN HANSEN & More Set for 2024/25 Broadway in Wilmington Season

The Playhouse on Rodney Square has revealed its 2024/25 Broadway in Wilmington season. See the lineup of shows and learn how to purchase tickets.
Breaking: Jon M. Chu Will Direct Musical Adaptation of CRAZY RICH ASIANS

A musical adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians is set to hit the Broadway stage! The contemporary romantic comedy is based on the 2013 novel by Kevin Kwan and 2018 Warner Bros. Pictures film directed by  Jon M. Chu.  
Tanglewood Adds Three New Acts to its 2024 Popular Artist Series

The Tanglewood Popular Artist Series will welcome three new guest artists to the blockbuster lineup in the Koussevitzky Music Shed. New additions to the summer schedule are the legendary trio Boyz II Men, Phish frontman and guitarist Trey Anastasio, and adventurous alt-rock singer-songwriter Beck. Both Anastasio and Beck will perform with the Boston Pops. All three concerts will begin at 7 p.m. 
Boyz II Men, Trey Anastasio & More Join Tanglewood 2024 Popular Artist Series

The Tanglewood Popular Artist Series will welcome three exciting new guest artists to the blockbuster lineup in the Koussevitzky Music Shed. See the lineup and learn how to purchase tickets.
The Gaslight Anthem Sets New EP With Billie Eillish Cover & More; New Summer Tour

HISTORY BOOKS – SHORT STORIES collects four exclusive tracks including the band's anthemic take on Billie Eilish's RIAA Platinum-certified breakthrough single, “Ocean Eyes,” as well as a brand new rendition of the longtime fan favorite, “Blue Jeans & White T-Shirts,” and stripped-down acoustic performances of “Positive Charge” and “History Books.'
NENAproductions to Open 2024 Season With Sondheim Tribute Revue

NENAproductions Theater Project will kick off its 2024 season with a tribute to Stephen Sondheim at the Jersey Shore Arts Center. Learn more about the show and see how to purchase tickets.
Bruce Springsteen & Noah Kahan to Headline Sea.Hear.Now 2024

The Gaslight Anthem, Trey Anastasio Band, The Black Crowes, Norah Jones, 311, The Revivalists, Kool & The Gang, The Hives and more will also perform at the world-class 2-Day festival that takes place with the Atlantic Ocean as the backdrop at the iconic North Beach and Bradley Park in Asbury Park, NJ. Sea.Hear.Now.
Phish Announce Summer 2024 Tour

Get ready for an epic musical journey as Phish sets their Summer 2024 Tour. Starting with a three-night stand in Mansfield, MA (July 19-21), the band will continue in Uncasville, CT (July 23-24), East Troy, WI (July 26-28), St. Louis, MO (July 30-31), Noblesville, IN (August 2-4), Grand Rapids, MI (August 6-7), and Bethel, NY (August 9-11).
Tedeschi Trucks Band to Embark on 'Deuces Wild' 2024 North American Tour Dates

They will make their way to the west coast for the first time since 2022 with additional multi-night performances in Portland, Seattle, Berkeley, and Los Angeles Find out when and where the band will be performing near you! The band's upcoming tour will feature special guests Little Feat, Margo Price, and Greensky Bluegrass on select dates.
BONNIE & CLYE, HONEYMOON IN VEGAS & More Set for Marietta Theatre Company 2024 Season

Marietta Theatre Company has unveiled its 2024 season, themed “Hittin’ the Road,” symbolizing both a relocation to Marietta’s Theatre in the Square and an adventurous lineup of shows ahead. See what shows are in the lineup and learn how to purchase tickets.
Goose Announce New Drummer & Summer Tour Dates

Goose debuut the addition of new drummer Cotter Ellis. Ellis will join the band beginning at Solshine Festival over Memorial Day weekend prior to their summer headline tour which gets underway June 4-5 with a two-night stand at St. Louis, MO's The Factory and continuing through a special homecoming show at New Haven, CT's Westville Music Bowl.
Bowen Yang & Christian Lee Hutson Join 37th Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert Lineup

Previously announced performers include: Laurie Anderson, Joan Baez, Maggie Rogers, Maya Hawke, Gogol Bordello, The Philip Glass Ensemble, Tenzin Choegyal, Scorchio Quartet and more to be announced. Uma Thurman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Arden Wohl and Jonah Freeman will serve as the evening's honorary chairs.
How Often Are Musicals Based on Documentaries?

This time, the reader question was: Is How To Dance in Ohio the only musical based on a documentary?
Phish Announce MONDEGREEN; 4-Day Festival This August

Delaware's picturesque Woodlands is conveniently located within driving distance from major metropolitan areas on the East Coast, including Philadelphia (under two hours), Baltimore (under two hours), Washington, DC (under two hours), and New York City (under three hours).

Trey Anastasio FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many shows has Trey Anastasio written?

Trey Anastasio has written 1 shows including Hands on a Hardbody (Composer).

What awards has Trey Anastasio been nominated for?

Trey Anastasio has been nominated for several awards for his work on the Broadway show "Hands on a Hardbody." These nominations include Outstanding Music at the Drama Desk Awards, Outstanding Orchestrations at the Drama Desk Awards, and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre at the Tony Awards.

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