Grateful Dead Hour no. 1589

Week of March 4, 2019

Part 1 34:22
Grateful Dead 5/26/77 Baltimore Civic Center

Part 2 20:10
Good Old Boys Live: Drink Up and Go Home (Rock Beat)
New Riders of the Purple Sage, Powerglide (Columbia Legacy)
David Nelson Band 12/3118 River Theater, Guerneville CA

Second half of the show focuses on David Nelson, who was a young picker in Palo Alto with Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter, and the rest in the early Sixties. Nelson started the New Riders of the Purple Sage with Garcia and John Dawson, and Jerry and David played together over the years in a great variety of styles and bands. Drink Up and Go Home is a two-disc live recording from February 1975, with Jerry on banjo. Bassist Pat Campbell has had the tapes all these years (recorded using Owsley Stanley’s legendary Nagra!), and the set came out a few months ago to very enthusiastic reviews.

“Contract,” from the second NRPS album, is now a regular feature on performances by the Davids Nelson Band. NRPS bassist Dave Torbert wrote it and sang it. The DNB did it on New Year’s Eve – the show from which “Where I come From” was excerpted – and that inspired me to revisit the original recording.

As for “Where I Come From,” that’s Robert Hunter’s lyric. I love this song!

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from May 31 to July 6. Complete details and ticketing at

The Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York. On Saturday, March 9, Melvin Seals & JGB sing sweet Jerry Garcia Band tunes at The Cap with trumpeter and vocalist Jennifer Hartswick of Trey Anastasio Band. Warming up the show is Star Kitchen featuring Marc Brownstein of The Disco Biscuits. Tickets are still available for March 14, Phil Lesh’s 79th Birthday with John Scofield, Jackie Greene, Grahame Lesh and John Molo. And every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at

The Jerry Garcia Family and Round Records, announcing Electric on the Eel – six discs containing three complete shows played in a wonderful location in the wilds of northern California. Recorded in 1987, 1989, and 1991, Electric on the Eel includes 45 tracks of peak JGB. Electric on the Eel will be available March 25 from

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