Grateful Dead Hour no. 1149

Week of September 27, 2010

Part 1 15:15
The Waybacks, from Jerry Jams for Rex
Jesse McReynolds & Friends, Songs of the Grateful Dead

Part 2 41:10
Grateful Dead 12/31/81 Oakland Auditorium

Joan Baez, who was dating Mickey Hart at the time, appears on “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.” She also played an opening set at this show, backed by the Dead.

Jerry Jams for Rex is a compilation of Jerry Garcia compositions performed by various artists, available on CD and via download in several formats from Contributors include Keller and the Keels, Bruce Hornsby, the String Cheese Incident, Railroad Earth, the Waybacks, and others. Proceeds benefit the Rex Foundation.

Jesse McReynolds is a true legend of bluegrass. He and his late brother were Jim and Jesse, and when Jerry Garcia and Sandy Rothman crossed the country in Jerry’s Corvair in 1964 this is one of the acts they were going to see. From the CD’s web page at

“Jesse’s singing voice is like a long-lost brother voice between Jerry Garcia and David Nelson. I enjoyed the new song we co-wrote, “Day by Day.” Especially liked the ‘McReynolds picking’ accompaniment, your signature contribution to bluegrass music.” ~ Robert Hunter

“It’s an honor and a thrill for me to be on this project. Fantastic that I was asked to play on it by one of my all-time heroes!! The session was filled with great moments. Plus the extra added treat of singing with Jesse on the Grand Ole Opry! All I can think is, “Pinch me, is this real?” Both the session and the Opry will always be revered among my greatest experiences.” ~ David Nelson

“After listening, I was reminded of what made Jesse McReynolds a major influence for so many musicians and one of our country’s greatest music legends. His musicianship, singing, and arrangements should be heard by everyone. It is an honor for all of us at Woodstock Records to bring this music to the public. Thanks to all who have helped keep the flame burning. With this CD it just got brighter and higher!” ~ Aaron “Professor Louie” Hurwitz, Woodstock Records – June, 2010

“Jesse absorbed the gestures of Grateful Dead’s music, then crafted his interpretations complemented by Stu [Allen]’s masterful guitar work, Tommy White’s steel that evokes and continues Garcia’s, and all the musicians on the project. One favorite of mine is “Loser” – a real winner here. Did we ever expect to hear Jesse McReynolds singing “Standing on the Moon”? Maybe not, but… here we go!” ~ Sandy Rothman – March 2007

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Jam Cruise 9, setting sail from Ft. Lauderdale on the MSC Poesia January 4 through 9, 2011, with performances by Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman & Jay Lane as Scaring the Children, The Rhythm Devils featuring Billy Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, Galactic, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, God Street Wine, Greyboy Allstars, ALO, Lotus, Steve Kimock, David Gans, Cornmeal and many more. Complete information is available at

Grateful Dead Productions, announcing three new releases: Formerly the Warlocks, the complete concerts of October 8 and 9, 1989 from multitrack; Road Trips volume 3 number 4, a 3-disc compilation from the spring of 1980; and The Warner Brothers Studio Albums, five classic Grateful Dead albums on 180-gram vinyl in a deluxe boxed set, including the original mixes of Anthem of the Sun and Aoxomoxoa, plus the 7″ single of “Dark Star.” Details, audio samples, discussion boards, and ordering info at

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