Archive for the ‘Sycamore Slough String Band’ Category

Sycamore Slough String Band: “El Paso”

Saturday, April 6th, 2013


A rough mix of an outtake from the first rehearsals of Sycamore Slough String Band, January 2012.

Sycamore Slough String Band in Berkeley 4/12

Saturday, March 30th, 2013


Sycamore Slough String Band plays The Monkey House in Berkeley Friday, April 12, at 7:30 pm. Click here for info and reservations.

Sycamore Slough String Band is an acoustic quartet brought together by a mutual love of the music of the Grateful Dead. We don’t pretend to be the acoustic Dead: we tell these stories in our own voices, and we play a lot of songs the Dead never did in their acoustic sets. Nor do we limit ourselves to Grateful Dead material: our debut CD, First Rehearsals, also includes songs by George Harrison, Bob Dylan, and Peter Rowan.

Grateful Web interview with DG

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Really nice interview with Dave Papuga on Grateful Web. Intended to promote the February 23 KPFA marathon, but we talked about a lot of stuff.

KPFA Grateful Dead marathon set for Sat 2/23/13

Monday, January 28th, 2013


KPFA‘s annual Grateful Dead Marathon fund-raising special.

Click here for info!

Sycamore Slough String Band!

Monday, January 21st, 2013

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Sycamore Slough String Band 12/15 Felton CA

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

China Cats and S3B at Don Quiote's 12/15/12

Sycamore Slough String Band opens for the China Cats 12/15/12 8:30pm at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall in Felton CA

Gans and S3B gigs in December (and the rest of November)

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 9pm: David Gans opens for Cast of Clowns at the Brick and Mortar Music Hall, San Francisco.

Thursday, November 29, 9pm: David Gans opens for Cast of Clowns at the Ashkenaz, Berkeley CA.

Saturday, December 8, noon to 1:45pm: KPFA Crafts Fair. At the Concourse, 8th and Brannan Streets, San Francisco. http://www.kpfa.org/craftsfair/

Saturday, December 15, 8:00 pm: China Cats and Sycamore Slough String Band at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall, Felton CA

Saturday, December 22, 9pm: DG and Andre De Channes at the Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati, CA 94931. $5. 707-795-7868.

Details and links at dgans.com/gigs.html

Sycamore Slough String Band and Kathy Kallick Band in San Rafael Fri 10/19

Monday, October 15th, 2012

The Sycamore Slough String Band is delighted to be sharing the stage with the Kathy Kallick Band this Friday, October 19 at Studio 55 Marin in San Rafael, California. Advance tickets are available via Brown Paper Tickets. Showtime is 8:00 pm.

Studio 55 Marin is located at 1455-A East Francisco Blvd., San Rafael CA 94901

Kathy Kallick has been leading bluegrass bands since co-founding the internationally-acclaimed band, Good Ol’ Persons, in 1975. She continues to evolve as one of the music’s extraordinary composers and vocalists, releasing 15 albums, which include over 100 of her original songs. Her latest CD, Between the Hollow and the High-Rise, and the song “Where Is My Little Cabin Home”, were fixtures on the national bluegrass charts for two years. The song had more chart time than any other 2010-11 release!

Along the way, Kathy has:
*Won a Grammy and two IBMA Awards for her part on True Life Blues: The Songs Of Bill Monroe.
*Had three title tracks and three albums (Call Me A Taxi, Walkin’ In My Shoes, and Warmer Kind of Blue) each spend a year in the upper echelon of the bluegrass charts.
*Appeared on three high-profile Rounder collections of bluegrass songs by women, as well as many other noteworthy collections of songs.
*Toured throughout North America, Europe, and Japan.

The Sycamore Slough String Band was founded January 2012 by David Gans. Mandolinist David Thom worked for 2 years as a guitarist with the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, has lead the David Thom Band since 1996, and plays in Grandpa Banana’s Band. Fiddle Dave was a co-founder of Cornmeal, has toured with Lynyrd Skynyrd’s drummer the Artimus Pyle Band, and recently spent a year playing in The Fall Risk, a band led by Furthur’s Jeff Pehrson. Bassist Roger Sideman has performed with Michael Kang (String Cheese Incident) and bluegrass legend Frank Wakefield, and currently performs with The China Cats. David Gans performs “solo electric” and also does a lot of Grateful Dead-related stuff on the radio, online, and in books. These musicians share an affinity for the music of the Grateful Dead, and came together in an Oakland recording studio in January 2012 to see what they could conjure.

Two Sycamore Slough String Band shows online

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Charlie Miller has posted high-res (96/24) and CD quality (44/16) recordings of Sycamore Slough String Band at the Freight and Salvage 9/19/12, with Mike Sugar on bass. Concert sound by Pete Soper.

New Speedway Boogie, Stagger Lee, Loser, Sugaree, Scarlet Begonias*, US Blues*
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Ship of Fools, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Bird Song*, Deal*, West LA Fadeaway, They Love Each Other, Mississippi Halfstep-> Midnight Moonlight, Bertha

*with Danny Carnahan, octave mandolin and vocals

44/16 torrent on etree
96/24 torrent on etree

44/16 version on the archive
96/24 version on the archive

And Jon Hart has posted S3B’s opening set at the Great American Music Hall 9/29/12 (CD release party for Melvin Seals and JGB), with Robin Sylvester on bass:

Loser-> Midnight Moonlight, Ship of Fools, Shakedown Street

S3B 9/29/12 (CD quality)

Scarlet Begonias

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Scarlet BegoniasSycamore Slough String Band with Danny Carnahan 9/19/12 Freight and Salvage, Berkeley CA. Thanks to Pete Soper for the live sound mix.

Download or stream.

Sycamore Slough at the Freight Wed 9/19: with guest Danny Carnahan

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Sycamore Slough String Band plays the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley Wednesday, September 19, 8 pm. Advance tickets are available here. We’re giving away copies of our debut CD, here.

News bulletin: We’ll be joined by Danny Carnahan of Wake the Dead!

Other guests TBA ASAP, TYVM!

P.S. The show will be webcast live via Concert Window, for only $3! Sign up here.

SSSB’s 9/19 Freight show to be webcast

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Sycamore Slough String Band plays the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley on Wednesday, September 19 at 8pm. The performance will be webcast via Concert Window for the low low price of $3.00!

This will be a LIVE video broadcast, presented in HD with no commercials. Buy your ticket now and you’ll have reserved access for September 19.

Of course, we’d rather have you come to the show in person! And to entice those for whom that is a possibility, we’re going to give a free copy of our debut studio CD First Rehearsals to anyone who buys a ticket to come in!

To recap: Adavance tickets for the Freight are available here; “tickets” for the webcast are available here.

The blurb on the band:

Brought together by an affinity for the music of the Grateful Dead, the musicians of the Sycamore Slough String Band gathered in an Oakland recording studio early this year to discover where the music would take them, and where they would take the music. One result is their new album, First Rehearsals, “a superb collection of mostly Dead covers,” in the words of the Grateful Dead Archive blog. The album “showcases the magic that can happen when fine musicians well-versed in the Dead’s unique approach to small group improvisation get together to play their favorite tunes from the Grateful Dead songbook. The band’s bluegrass/ newgrass arrangements tease out new layers of meaning to chestnuts long familiar to Deadheads, making this one of the most exciting revisits of Dead music in many years.”

Another result of those sessions in the studio is this show, which promises to be hugely entertaining for fans of rich, complex music played with know-how and joy. With David Thom on mandolin, guitar, and vocals, Fiddle Dave Muhlethaler on fiddle, mandolin, and vocals, Roger Sideman on bass and vocals, and David Gans on guitar and vocals, the band boasts four sterling musicians, each with a gift for exploring, jamming, and sharing a collective vision. David Thom worked for two years as a guitarist with the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, has led the David Thom Band since 1996, and also plays in Grandpa Banana’s Band. Fiddle Dave was a co-founder of Cornmeal, has toured with the Artimus Pyle Band, and recently spent a year playing in The Fall Risk, a band led by Furthur’s Jeff Pehrson. Bassist Roger Sideman has performed with Michael Kang of String Cheese Incident and bluegrass legend Frank Wakefield, and currently performs with The China Cats. David Gans tours nationally as a “solo electric” performer, as well as pursuing a host of Grateful Dead-related activities on the radio, online, and in books. These folks don’t just have an affinity for the music of the Dead — everyone in the Sycamore Slough String Band loves the music, and the love comes through when they play.

Sycamore Slough String Band 5/22/12: recording available online

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Sycamore Slough String Band May 22, 2012
With special guests Aaron Redner, Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman
Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley CA

Recorded and mastered by Bob Cogswell
Download or stream it here!

Cassidy
Goin’ Down the Road Feelin’ Bad
Eyes of the World
Me and My Uncle
Candyman
Shakedown Street
Brokedown Palace
Tennessee Jed
Midnight Moonlight

Row Jimmy
New Speedway Boogie
China Cat Sunflower
Me and Bobby McGee
Get Up Jake
Cumberland Blues
It Must Have Been the Roses
Scarlet Begonias
Wharf Rat
Deal
Ship of Fools

Source: SBD/stage mic matrix
Lineage: Sound Devices 744T>Samplitude7.2Pro>TLH

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1235

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Week of May 21, 2012

Part 1 35:07
Grateful Dead 12/13/90 McNichols Arena, Denver CO
SPACE->
THE OTHER ONE->
MORNING DEW
BOX OF RAIN

Part 2 21:18
Grateful Dead 12/13/90 McNichols Arena, Denver CO
US BLUES
Sycamore Slough String Band, First Rehearsals
STELLA BLUE
Legion of Mary, Absolute Mary
EVERY WORD YOU SAY

According to the Grateful Dead Family Discography, “Legion Of Mary was the group name used by the final line-up of the Jerry Garcia / Merl Saunders band in 1975. The core members of the group, Garcia, Saunders and John Kahn, had been performing together since 1971. See the Garcia/Saunders band page for information about earlier versions of the group. It’s thought that the first time the Legion Of Mary name was used officially was in January 1975. The group played between January and July 1975 after which time the Jerry Garcia Band became the main Garcia performing group when the Grateful Dead were off the road.”

Absolute Mary is a bonus disc sent out with early online orders of The Jerry Garcia Collection, Vol. 1: Legion of Mary

Sycamore Slough String Band (and by the way, “slough” rhymes with “boo!”) is a new acoustic quartet founded in January 2012 by David Gans, David Thom, “Fiddle Dave” Muhlethaler, and Roger Sideman. Mandolinist David Thom worked for 2 years as a guitarist with the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, has led the David Thom Band since 1996, and plays in Grandpa Banana’s Band. Fiddle Dave was a co-founder of Cornmeal, has toured with Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer’s the Artimus Pyle Band and recently spent a year playing in The Fall Risk, a band led by Furthur’s Jeff Pehrson. Bassist Roger Sideman has performed with Michael Kang (String Cheese Incident) and bluegrass legend Frank Wakefield, and currently performs with The China Cats. David Gans performs “solo electric” and also does a lot of Grateful Dead-related stuff on the radio, online, and in books. These musicians share an affinity for the music of the Grateful Dead, and came together in an Oakland recording studio in January 2012 to see what they could conjure. First Rehearsals is available on CD direct from the band, via download in audiophile 96/24 from HDTracks, and in FLAC, MP3 or CD on demand from festivalink.net.

SSSB “First Rehearsals” now available on CD

Monday, May 7th, 2012

The Sycamore Slough String Band‘s debut CD, First Rehearsals, is now
available the old-fashioned way: on CD by direct mail.

Also available via download in a variety of formats from Festivalink and in audiophile (96/24) download from HDTracks.