On Jan. 15, Umphrey’s McGee guitarist Brendan Bayliss performed his first intimate livestream of the year, although he has rebranded it ‘Dry Not, Why Not,’ rather than ‘Wine Not.’ Andy Frasco joined Bayliss as a guest at various points during the stream.
“New year, same me. I’m trying to do this ‘Dry Not’ thing and it’s terribly challenging,” Bayliss said at the top of the stream. “I realized that the last 35 ‘Wine Nots’ I was blackout drunk, which is probably why they were so good.”
After playing “The World At Large” and “Float On” (both by Modest Mouse), Bayliss said, “because I’m not drinking I had to call in a ringer. I needed some support cause it’s not the easiest thing I’ve done but it’s worth it. It’s nice to not be hungover. So anyway I had to call in a friend; I needed a designated drinker tonight.” Andy Frasco then emerged for a cameo with a wine bottle and guitar.
Bayliss continued to perform songs solo (UM’s “Roulette,” The Beatles’ “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window,” Nirvana’s “In Bloom” and more), and Frasco made another cameo after Umphrey’s “Maybe Someday.” Bayliss then debuted a new song, “Everything Is Fine,” which was written during the pandemic with Nick Blasky (according to Jambase).
After a few more solo tunes, Bayliss brought Frasco out to play piano. The two performed Frasoc (and The U.N.)’s “None Of These Things,” Wilco’s “Jesus Etc.” and the U.N.’s “Somedays” to close out the stream.
Watch the full ‘Dry Not, Why Not’ below!