The Ballad of Umphrey's McGee

By Jake Mooney

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Halfway between South Bend and Chicago, Brendan Bayliss is uncomfortable.

It’s January, the snow is coming down hard and Bayliss, a 1998 Notre Dame graduate and the lead singer and guitarist for Umphrey’s McGee, is squeezed into the back seat of a crowded GMC Suburban barreling west down Interstate 80. His discomfort, however, have less to do with his cramped surroundings than with the music blasting from the car’s stereo.…

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