Archive for January, 2017

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1480

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

Week of January 30, 2017

Part 1 43:57
Planet Drum 11/17/91 Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles CA
TEMPLE CAVES
THE HUNT
AIRTO SOLO
DANCING SORCERER
GIOVANNI HIDALGO SOLO

Part 2 11:41
Bob Weir 10/16/16 Capitol Theater, Port Chester NY
LAY MY LILY DOWN
Grateful Dead, 30 Trips Around the Sun (11/10/67)
BEAT IT ON DOWN THE LINE

Mickey Hart is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Planet Drum with an expanded remaster in various formats. He sent over this wonderful live set.

And Bob Weir has announced more gigs with his Campfire Band.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Hmong Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast May 27 through July 1. Complete details and ticketing at deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour from May 27 through July 1.

Airshow Mastering, putting the finishing touches on new and classic music, including recent releases by the Grateful Dead, Will Calhoun, Otis Taylor, David Gans, and The Earls of Leicester.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Friday, February 3, Pink Talking Fish will perform Stop Making Sense, intertwined with Pink Floyd and Phish songs and featuring a star-studded list of special guests. On Saturday, February 4, it’s Railroad Earth. At Garcia’s at The Cap, it’s Deadgrass on Wednesday, February 1. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1479

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

Week of January 23, 2017

Part 1 28:29
Merl Saunders, Keepers (Fantasy)
GEE, BABY, AIN’T I GOOD TO YOU?
Interview: Geoff Muldaur
Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia 1/18/74 Keystone Berkeley
CC RIDER w/ Geoff Muldaur, vocals
Interview: Geoff Muldaur
Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia 1/18/74 Keystone Berkeley
TENNESSEE BLUES w/ Geoff Muldaur, vocals
Interview: Geoff Muldaur
Geoff Muldaur Is Having a Wonderful Time (Reprise)
WONDERING WHY

Part 2 27:34
Jim Kweskin Jug Band, Garden of Joy (Reprise)
MINGLEWOOD
Interview: Geoff Muldaur
Texas Sheiks (Tradition & Moderne)
POOR BOY
Interview: Geoff Muldaur
Geoff Muldaur, The Amsterdam Project (unreleased)
MICHIGAN WATER BLUES

Geoff Muldaur was a founding member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, which was a huge influence on the young musicians who became first Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions, then the Warlocks, and then the Grateful Dead.

The Mother McCree’s kids learned a number of songs from the Kweskin band. Bob Weir’s earliest arrangement of “Minglewood” is pretty much a direct steal from Kweskin’s. My book This Is All A Dream We Dreamed, an Oral History of the Grateful Dead includes a terrific story from Bob Matthews: he and Bobby Weir were high school students when they snuck into a club in Berkeley to hear the Kweskin band – and stare at its stunning singer, Maria D’Amato, who later became known the world over as Maria Muldaur.


Geoff and Maria Muldaur recorded as a duo after the jug band ended. Their professional and personal relationships ended in 1972, around the time Geoff Muldaur joined Paul Butterfield’s Better Days. After around 1976 he went solo, collaborating with a great variety of artists, and also composed some music for film and television. 
 One of my favorite Geoff Muldaur projects was the Texas Sheiks, released in 2009. Jim Kweskin was on there, along with local mainstay Suzy Thompson.

The wikipedia entry on Geoff Muldaur is full of great info.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Hmong Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.

Airshow Mastering, putting the finishing touches on new and classic music, including recent releases by the Grateful Dead, Will Calhoun, Otis Taylor, David Gans, and The Earls of Leicester.Airshow Mastering

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Saturday, February 4, Railroad Earth comes to The Cap for a night of jammy bluegrass and rock ‘n’ roll. On Wednesday, February 15, legendary lead singer and songwriter for Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty, makes his Cap debut. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.



Grateful Dead Hour no. 1478

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Week of January 16, 2017

Part 1 32:10
Dead and Company 7/30/16 Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View CA
DARK STAR->
ST STEPHEN

Talk
Grateful Dead (1979 rough mix)
FEEL LIKE A STRANGER

Part 2 24:14
Grateful Dead 7/1/73 Universal Amphitheatre, Universal City CA
WHARF RAT->
ME AND BOBBY MCGEE
CASEY JONES

This studio rough mix of “Feel Like a Stranger,” from the 1979 sessions for Go to Heaven, shows us a very different lyric from the final version. These words seem more clearly set in a romantic/sexual encounter; the completed song does a magnificent job of portraying the moment as a description of life onstage with the Grateful Dead – or an encounter on a dance floor. That’s the magic of great songs! You get to fill in some of the picture yourself.

Last year’s Dead & Company shows are available for download (etc) at livedead.co; information and tickets for the upcoming tour are at deadandcompany.com

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Hmong Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.

Rob Catterton, announcing A Grand Piano Tribute to the Grateful Dead, an album of thoughtful and unique solo-piano interpretations of ten Grateful Dead favorites. A Grand Piano Tribute to the Grateful Dead by Rob Catterton is available on iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby.

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast May 27 through July 1. Complete details and ticketing at www.deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour from May 27 through July 1.

Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Wednesday, January 25, Dave Hebert of Melvin Seals and JGB and Greg Koerner of Vince Welnick, DSO, and Gent Treadly are Bear Tread, an exciting  new tribute to the music of the Grateful Dead. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

TIAAD “outtake” re 3/17/70 with the Buffalo Philharmonic

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Have you seen that thing going around about a $500 reward for the lost recording of 3/17/70, Grateful Dead with the Buffalo Philharmonic?

Here’s a bit of info about that event, deleted from our final manuscript due to space issues:

Peter Case (musician): They were playing in Buffalo [March 17, 1970], at the Kleinhans Music Hall. It was a very strange gig, because the billing was the Grateful Dead, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Lukas Foss. The opening act was a top-40 band that was starting to kind of freak out. They were called the Mellow Brick Road at one point, but I think they just changed their name at the gig to The Road.

The Grateful Dead was fantastic, and they were full-on into that “Dark Star” period. They were great. Then the orchestra came out. I guess they said it was going to be a battle of the bands. The Dead was playing their music, but the leader of the orchestra would yell “Attack!” They’re not improvisers, particularly, the guys in the orchestra, but they were coached to attack the Grateful Dead musically. And they did, with their tympanis, their blasts of drums and horns and cacophony. The Grateful Dead were playing, doing one of their improvs, that loping boogie beat that Lesh and the drummers would be playing, the thing was just rolling along, and Jerry would be soloing. Then for a second there, the orchestra would sort of drown it out, and then the orchestra would stop and [the Dead] would sort of emerge out of the clouds of the attack, still doing their thing. It was pretty funny. The Grateful Dead never blinked. They just kept playing. [Laughs] It was really really funny and great.

Another strange thing about the show: The very opening act was a John Cage piece. You’re in whatever state you’re in when you go see the Grateful Dead in 1970… The way this piece went was, there were violinists and they walked out into the theater and they played their part as they walked through your aisle. You would have to stand up and let them pass. They went right through every aisle in the place, playing their violins. It was incredible, but the best part, of course was the Dead.

It was a great-sounding place, so the Dead sounded great in there. Everybody walked out saying that that was just completely insane, that the orchestra had topped themselves by acting completely nuts.

Bob Weir: I remember we brought our smallest amplifiers and we were still three or four times too loud. We had to turn them down to the point where we couldn’t really get tone out of them in order to not drown out the orchestra. A rock’n’roll trap drum kit acoustically is at least twice as loud as a symphony orchestra.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1477

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Week of January 9, 2017

Part 1 21:12
Rob Catterton, Grateful Dead on the Grand Piano
BIRD SONG
The Joan Baez Ballad Book (Vanguard)
FENNARIO
Talk
Interview: Robert Hunter 11/15/77
Robert Hunter 11/15/77 (unreleased)
CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER
Grateful Dead, Aoxomoxoa (Warner Bros)
CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER

Part 2 34:59
Grateful Dead 7/1/73 Universal Amphitheatre, Universal City CA
TRUCKIN’->
DRUMS->
THE OTHER ONE

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Wednesday, January 18, Garcia’s DeadCenter presents Finders Keepers, honoring the music of Jerry Garcia. Advance ticket buyers are entered to win tickets to Phil Lesh & Friends at The Capitol Theatre on March 15, 16, and 17. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Hmong Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.

Airshow Mastering, putting the finishing touches on new and classic music, including recent releases by the Grateful Dead, Will Calhoun, Otis Taylor, David Gans, and The Earls of Leicester.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1476

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Week of January 2, 2017

Part 1 31:10
Holly Bowling, Better Left Unsung (Royal Potato Family)
EYES OF THE WORLD (6-18-74 Louisville KY)
interview: Holly Bowling
Holly Bowling, Better Left Unsung
CRAZY FINGERS

Part 2 23:59
Grateful Dead 7/1/73 Universal Amphitheatre, Universal City CA
ROW JIMMY
EL PASO
LOOSE LUCY

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Hmong Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast May 27 through July 1. Complete details and ticketing at deadandcompany.com.

Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Wednesday, January 11, you can “Play Dead” at Grateful Dead Open Mic Night featuring members of Stella Blues Band. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Airshow Mastering, putting the finishing touches on new and classic music, including recent releases by the Grateful Dead, Will Calhoun, Otis Taylor, David Gans, and The Earls of Leicester.