Grateful Dead Hour no. 1561

Week of August 20, 2018

Part 1 15:55
Joe Craven and the Sometimers, Garcia Songbook (Blender Logic)
Shinyribs (Kevin Russell) (Next Waltz)

Part 2 39:43
Grateful Dead 6/4/76 Paramount Theatre, Portland OR

I’ve got an incomplete recording of June 4, 1976 to share with you this week and next. A big chunk of the first set is missing, and we only have a few minutes of set two – but it’s wonderful music and I’m gonna give you everything I’ve got.

The Grateful Dead took a 20-month hiatus from touring that started after the October 1974 shows at Winterland that were filmed for the Grateful Dead Movie. Everybody did other projects, but the Dead also got together at Bob Weir’s home studio to develop the material that became Blues for Allah. When they returned to touring in June of 1976 they had a bunch of great new material, and drummer Mickey Hart had returned to the fold. So it’s a seven-piece band we hear here – Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir on guitar, Phil Lesh on bass, Keith Godchaux on keyboards, Donna Jean Godchaux on vocals, and Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart on drums. They did a six-week tour of small venues in June and July, of which this was the second – June 4, 1976 at the Paramount Theater in Portland, Oregon. We hear the benefits of all that studio work and the rehearsing they did before the tour, too – this performance displays both power and restraint, and Betty Cantor-Jackson’s recording mix is sweet and clear. Enjoy!

We began with another track from that amazing CD Garcia Songbook by Joe Craven and the Sometimers.

“Brokedown Palace” is a new single by Shinyribs (aka Kevin Russell, late of the legendary Austin band The Gourds) and Band of Heathens, on a Texas label called The Next Waltz. Shinyribs is Kevin Russell, .

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Greensky Bluegrass brings their unique blend of bluegrass and jam to The Cap with The Lil Smokies on Saturday, October 6 for a night of fierce, high-spirited energy, and foot-stomping tunes. Every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at

The Cap is also proud to announce Oteil Burbridge and Friends on Saturday, December 29. The legendary bassist for the Allman Brothers and Dead & Company will be joined by Melvin Seals, Eric Krasno, John Kadlecik, Jay Lane, Jennifer Hartswick, and Weedie Braimah. Oteil and Friends at the Cap December 29th – ticket are available at the box office and at

Dead and Company’s Playing in the Sand. The band returns to Riviera Maya, Mexico January 17-20, 2019 for an all-inclusive Caribbean concert vacation featuring three Dead & Company shows on the beach. Packages will be available August 22nd at 1PM ET. For more information, and to sign up for pre-sale access, visit

The music sharing community Lossless Legs. If you have a rare and different recording you’d like to share, you can sign up at

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