Archive for April 2nd, 2017

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1489

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

Week of April 3, 2017

Part 1 19:08
David Nelson Band with Bob Weir 3/18/17 The Sitzmark, Girdwood AK

Part 2 36:24
David Nelson Band with Bob Weir 3/18/17 The Sitzmark, Girdwood AK

The name David Nelson comes up often in Grateful Dead history. David was part of the early-60s folk, bluegrass and old-time scene on the San Francisco peninsula that gave birth to the Grateful Dead. Nelson was part of that band that called itself the Hart Valley Drifters for a short while and did that radio broadcast that was recently released. David Nelson co-founded the New Riders of the Purple Sage, played in the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band in 1987, and has led The David Nelson Band for twenty-odd years.

Nelson took a fall a few months ago and had to have surgery on his shoulder. Since that time he’s been diagnosed with a from of cancer, and he’s being treated for that now. (You can look for updates on his condition at than cancel a scheduled tour of Alaska in March of this year, the Nelson Band invited their old pal Bob Weir to take the trip and front the band. The repertoire included a few songs from Bobby’s recent release Blue Mountain, along with a generous helping of Grateful Dead favorites.

Special thanks to Tim “Sounddawg” Stiegler for getting the audio files to me in record time!

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Thursday, April 20, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass will put a bluegrass spin on the music of the Grateful Dead, with Jeff Austin, Andy Hall, Jeremy Garrett, and Danton Boller. To open the show, Love Canon will take audiences on an 1980s bluegrass joyride. Events, information, and ticketing at