Grateful Dead Hour no. 1106

Week of November 30, 2009

Part 1 24:19
Grateful Dead 1/17/79 New Haven Coliseum

Part 2 31:06
Galen Kipar Project, Why It’s Needed
Interview: TONI BROWN
Toni Brown and Ed Munson, State of Mind

My friend Erin Scholze gave me a handful of CDs (mostly musicians she works with in her publicity and promotion business, Dream Spider) when I was in Asheville NC in October. The two that I got hooked on are Found a Reason by Mad Tea Party, and Why It’s Needed by Galen Kipar. I just had to share one of Galen’s songs with you.

I made contact with Galen via Facebook, and when I heard he was coming to Northern California to visit his sister for Thanksgiving I invited him to appear on my KPFA show, Dead to the World. Here’s the audio.

Toni Brown was the editor and publisher of Relix Magazine for many years. She has just published Relix: The Book – The Grateful Dead Experience, a compilation of articles, photos, and other material from the Deadhead publication’s long history. Toni and her partner, Ed Munson, are also touring behind a CD titled State of Mind. We crossed paths a couple of times in October, and I grabbed this interview with her at MagnoliaFest in Live Oak, Florida.

Last but certainly not least, big thanks to Charlie Miller for passing along a recently-unearthed soundboard recording from the winter of 1979. For decades, this tour was the stuff of legends because of the great performances that were available only on audience tapes. And what fine audience tapes they are! It’s interesting to hear soundboard recordings after all these years.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Jerry Garcia Family LLC, presenting Jerry Garcia Collection, Vol. 2 – Let It Rock. This is the first edition of the Jerry Garcia Band, recorded in November 1975 with the great Nicky Hopkins on keyboards. And from Grateful Dead Productions, announcing Road Trips Vol. 3, No. 1 – the complete show from December 28, 1979, with Brent Mydland at the keyboards. More information on both of these new releases, sample tracks, discussion board and more online at And from, building your music collection one song at a time.

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