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Russell Wilson’s Phish Connection

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Thirty-something years ago a college senior in northern Vermont penned a song about an evil dictator named Wilson. He wrote the tune as part of his senior thesis, a song-cycle narrating the tale of a mythical land called Gamehendge, and the man who accidentally stepped into it.

The college senior’s name was Trey Anastasio and soon after composing “Wilson” he co-founded the band Phish.

Over the next three decades he, Mike Gordon, Page McConnell and John Fishman built the jam-band into one of American music’s most significant touring acts – with “Wilson” a regular fan favorite of their legendary concerts.

Today, the song has found a second home in Seattle, used as a way to excite the crowd and cheer on the Seahawks’ starting quarterback Russell Wilson. The relationship was recently explored by NFL Films. ¬†Watch their video here.

Producer Paul Camarata sat down with Armen Williams on Radio Row to discuss the song, the band, and how it came to become a Seattle Seahawk staple.  Hear their talk below and go to for more of my thoughts on Phish.

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