From Peter Thompson:
Here’s the plan for “Bluegrass Signal” on Sat., Nov. 15th, broadcast on KALW (91.7 FM, San Francisco, and www.KALW.org) from 6:30 – 8 pm (Pacific Time). In addition the show’s first hour will be repeated five times during the week of Dec. 6-12 on WAMU’s “Bluegrass Country” (www.BlueGrassCountry.org).
The show’s theme: bluegrass versions of songs (and/or arrangements) by the Grateful Dead. I’m excited about being able to debut Jesse McReynolds’ recording of “Black Muddy River,” which is on his Garcia-Hunter tribute, scheduled for a 2009 release.
It seemed logical to set up this track with OAITW and JGAB recordings of Jim & Jesse songs, so that’s how the show begins. I’m pretty sure the first three sets will go as planned, but live radio could things could change thereafter. BTW, thanks once again to David for turning me on to The Grass Is Dead, whose three albums provide the best collections of bluegrass covers of GD songs — at least until Jesse’s album is released.
Turn your radio on!
BLUEGRASS SIGNAL: Grateful Grass – Nov. 15/08 on KALW
OLD & IN THE WAY: Hard Hearted/That High Lonesome Sound
JERRY GARCIA ACOUSTIC BAND: It’s A Long Long Way (To The Top Of
the World)/Lunt-Fontanne, NYC: The Best Of The Rest – October 15-30,
JERRY GARCIA ACOUSTIC BAND: Ashes Of Love/Lunt-Fontanne, NYC: The Best
Of The Rest – October 15-30, 1987 (www.jerrygarcia.com/04)
JESSE McREYNOLDS & THE VIRGINIA BOYS: Black Muddy River/Tribute to
STEEP CANYON RANGERS: Don’t Ease Me In/Lovin’ Pretty Women (Rebel/07)
DAVID THOM BAND: Ship Of Fools/The Thief (Swollen/04)
SELDOM SCENE: I Know You Rider/Live At the Cellar Door (Rebel/75>92)
THE GRASS IS DEAD: Row Jimmy Row/The Grass Is Dead (thegrassisdead.com/00)
THE GRASS IS DEAD: Foolish Heart/20 Degrees Of Solitude
RICE, RICE, HILLMAN & PEDERSEN: Friend of the Devil/Rice, Rice, Hillman &
CACHE VALLEY DRIFTERS: Cumberland Blues/Stolen Roses: Songs Of The Grateful
JONATHAN McEUEN & PHIL SALAZAR: Franklin’s Tower/A Tribute To Jerry Garcia
BILLY & TERRY SMITH: Alabama Getaway/Long Live the Dead – A Tribute to the
Grateful Dead (K-Tel/96)
ADRIENNE YOUNG & LITTLE SADIE: Brokedown Palace/The Art of Virtue
THE WAYBACKS: Dupree’s Diamond Blues/Live at MerleFest