NYSMusic reviews “It’s a Hand-Me-Down”

February 29th, 2016

Review by Neil Benjamin, Jr.

“…Gans strips down some of the Dead’s most cherished songs and serves them up the way he sees them. For a guy with a Ph.D in the Grateful Dead, he’s as qualified as anyone to give an inside perspective at what the Dead’s music means to him.

“The soft and serene tracks are perfect background music for a dinner party or solo reading time. Gans’ voice is unique, but similar enough to Garcia’s that you feel that comfortable peace that came with every word the man sang.”

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1432

February 28th, 2016

Week of February 29, 2016

Part 1 38:29
Grateful Dead 6/8/90 Cal Expo, Sacramento CA
COLD RAIN AND SNOW
WALKIN’ BLUES
EASY TO LOVE YOU
JACKAROE
QUEEN JANE, APPROXIMATELY
HIGH TIME

Part 2 17:14
Infamous Stringdusters 2/19/16 Wonder Ballroom, Portland
JACK STRAW
Grateful Dead, Workingman’s Dead
EASY WIND

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Friday, March 11, come reach for the sky, and keep your eye on the prize as Matisyahu spreads positive messages through music at The Cap. The following evening, Saturday, March 12, The Pink Floyd Experience will recreate a live Pink Floyd spectacular. For events, information, and ticketing visit thecapitoltheatre.com.

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast June 10 through July 16. Complete details and ticketing at www.deadandcompany.com.

jambandsonline reviews TIAADWD

February 28th, 2016

Jam Bands Online reviews the book. An excerpt:

Whether long time fan or someone seeking a look inside the history of the band, this book will offer you glimpses into not only who the band was, what they set out to do, how they did it, the ups and downs, the twists and turns, and everything and everyone who made it all work. It paints a picture, colorful and quirky, of a band’s early and humble beginnings, and takes you on their journey from playing in small spaces to the large stage. There is a larger understanding of their reputation for being the major psychedelic jam band throughout the ‘80s and early ‘90s, up to Jerry Garcia’s untimely passing.

That explains the barkers and the colored balloons

February 22nd, 2016

It occurred to me this morning that all of us Facebook users are living on Neil Young’s “Sugar Mountain.”

Zucker = sugar
Berg = mountain

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1431

February 21st, 2016

Week of February 22, 2016

Part 1 39:48
Grateful Dead 3/18/77 Winterland, San Francisco
TERRAPIN STATION->
AT A SIDING->
DRUMS->
NOT FADE AWAY

Part 2 15:12
Grateful Dead 3/18/77 Winterland, San Francisco
ST STEPHEN->
AROUND AND AROUND

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Saturday, March 4, Melvin Seals helps us to relive the magic of the Jerry Garcia Band with pure passion and raw emotion. There will be nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile! Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast June 10 through July 16. Complete details and ticketing at www.deadandcompany.com.

KPFA marathon PLAYLIST

February 20th, 2016

Link to today’s playlist.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1430

February 14th, 2016

Week of February 15, 2016

Part 1 34:03
Grateful Dead 3/18/77 Winterland, San Francisco
SAMSON AND DELILAH
BROWN-EYED WOMEN
GOOD LOVIN’
SHIP OF FOOLS
ESTIMATED PROPHET

Part 2 21:37
Grateful Dead 3/18/77 Winterland, San Francisco
UNCLE JOHN’S BAND
Grateful Dead, Postcards of the Hanging: Grateful Dead Perform the songs of Bob Dylan (3/24/90)
DESOLATION ROW

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Friday, February 26, New Orleans blues-machine Anders Osbourne takes The Cap on a roller coaster ride of rock ‘n’ roll. Tom Hamilton of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead takes his Americana ensemble American Babies to the stage to open the show. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast June 10 through July 16. Complete details and ticketing at www.deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour starting June 10.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1429

February 14th, 2016

Week of February 8, 2016

Part 1 34:02
Grateful Dead 3/18/77 Winterland, San Francisco
FENNARIO
CASSIDY
SCARLET BEGONIAS->
FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN

Part 2 21:33
Paul Kantner/Jefferson Starship, Blows Against the Empire
HAVE YOU SEEN THE STARS TONIGHT?
Jefferson Starship, Jefferson’s Tree of Liberty
FRENARIO
Talk
Paul Kantner 8/13/95 Jerry Garcia Memorial, San Francisco
FOR THE GOOD OF ALL
Jefferson Airplane, Crown of Creation
THE BALLAD OF YOU AND ME AND POONEIL

Hello to Acme Radio

February 9th, 2016

Acme Radio will air the GD Hour Mondays at 8pm Central Time starting on 3/7/16

Updated station list.

Farewell to WGRF Buffalo

February 9th, 2016

After 28 years, WGRF Buffalo NY is dropping the Grateful Dead Hour this week.

My thanks to the station and to Terrapin Station for sponsoring the show all these years.

Updated station list.

Gans gig update

February 2nd, 2016

GIG UPDATE. Details and links at dgans.com

Thursday, February 4, 8pm: The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N. Lake, Altadena CA. Mr Smolin opens, and we’ll be joined by Craig Marshall of Cubensis. Reservations: (626) 798-6236

Friday, February 5, 8pm: Orpheum Theater, 15 W Aspen Street, Flagstaff AZ. DG plays first, and then Keystone plays into the night. $10.

Saturday, February 6, 6pm: House concert in Cornville, Arizona. Sold out!

Sunday, February 7, 6pm: Silver Stallion Coffee and Bread, 213b W Coal Ave, Gallup NM.

Wednesday, February 10, 7pm: The Cell, 2029 La Veta Dr NE, Albuquerque NM. Fundraiser for the New Mexico Academy of Rock & Blues, a bi-lingual music education program for kids aged 7-17

Saturday, February 13, 8pm-midnight: Top Dead Center with DG at the Boondocks Lounge, 3306 N First Ave, Tucson AZ

Sunday, February 14, 7-9:30pm: Riot in Old Town, 777 N Main Street, Cottonwood AZ. No cover charge!

Saturday, February 20, 9am-1am Pacific Time: the annual KPFA Grateful Dead fund-raising marathon!

Sunday, February 21, 7pm: The Kind Buds and DG at the Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley CA. $1/ticket goes to Bernie Sanders!

Tuesday, February 23, 8pm: DG sits in for a few songs with The Kind Buds at Sweetwater Music Hall. 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley CA

March 3-13: Midwest tour. Book signings also part of these gigs.
Thursday, March 3, 9pm: Mackey’s Hideout, 2601 S River Road, McHenry IL

Friday, March 4, 9pm: The Harmony Bar, 2201 Atwood Ave., Madison WI
Saturday, March 5, 8pm: DG and Sunshine Daydream at The High Note, 4311/2 Court Street, Pekin IL
Sunday, March 6: 2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center, 2720 Cherokee, St Louis MO
Tuesday, March 8, 10pm: “Trashgrass Tuesday” at Stanley’s Pub, Cincinnati. DG w/ members of the Rumpke Mountain Boys
Wednesday, March 9, 7pm: Woodlands Tavern, 1200 W 3rd Avenue, Columbus OH
Thursday, March 10, 8:30pm: Square Roots Records, 105 S Market Street, Troy OH. With Great Northern String Band
Friday, March 11: Hyryder and DG at the Mousetrap, 5565 N Keystone Ave, Indianapolis
Saturday, March 12, 7:30pm: The Tonic Room, 2447 N Halsted St., Chicago
Sunday, March 13: George’s Tavern, 1201 N Main Street, Racine WI

Wednesday, April 20: Eugene OR! Details TBA

Friday, April 29: North Carolina! Details TBA

Wednesday, May 4: Garcia’s at the Capitol, Port Chester NY
Wednesday, May 11: Garcia’s at the Capitol, Port Chester NY

Friday, May 13: Alchemy Rising Festival, Pataskala OH

Wednesday, July 27, 7:30pm: Little Brown Church, Round Pond ME. $12

Saturday, July 30: Neverdun Farm, Kennebunkport ME. Potluck and concert.

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My performance schedule is posted at http://www.dgans.com/gigs.html – new gigs are being added all the time.

As always, I’m in the market for house concert opportunities. If you see an open spot on my schedule in your general vicinity, let’s try to make something happen! And remember: word of mouth is a gigantic part of musicians’ promotion and publicity these days, so if you like my music, please spread the word about my gigs and recordings.

My recordings are available at http://www.dgans.com/discography

Great thanks to Jim Dunlop for providing me with first-rate strings for all my guitars! http://www.jimdunlop.com/

Thanks also to Rick Turner for creating the amazing guitar I play on tour, the Renaissance RS-6. http://www.renaissanceguitars.com

interesting review of “It’s a Hand-Me-Down”

February 1st, 2016

Dan Fugate posted an interesting review of It’s a Hand-Me-Down. A couple of excerpts:

“This is for the word nerds, people who appreciate the way syllables lean against one another and the way a story is told. Words that connect with us to tell a story, but also to pull us from ourselves long enough to realize the words are about us.”

and

“These stories have been told and retold in nearly every way imaginable. Through Lonesome Prison Blues, I turned my father on to the Dead. It’s A Hand-Me-Down might be the bridge to the Dead for you or someone you know. Next time you’re hanging out with your music snob, grammar nazi friend (you know you’ve got one) throw on this CD and see if it changes their perspective just a little bit.”

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1428

January 31st, 2016

Week of February 1, 2016

Part 1 25:20
Grateful Dead 3/18/77 Winterland, San Francisco
PROMISED LAND
MISSISSIPPI HALFSTEP
IT’S ALL OVER NOW

Part 2 30:30
Grateful Dead 3/18/77 Winterland, San Francisco
SUGAREE
MINGLEWOOD

David Gans, You Are Here
SHUT UP AND LISTEN
Bobby and the Midnites
FESTIVAL

You Are Here is my new CD of original songs, released without fanfare so as not to compete with It’s a Hand-Me-Down, also released in November. Robert Hunter wrote the lyrics of “Shut Up and Listen”! Mark Karan joins me on electric guitar for this track and two others. Here’s “Shut Up and Listen” on iTunes.

Bobby and the Midnites, released in 1981, was the first album by this Bob Weir side project. I always liked “Festival,” which is credited to Weir alone.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Thursday, February 11, The Wailers will uplift spirits and satisfy souls with roots-rock reggae classics. The next night, Friday, February 12, Big Head Todd and The Monsters return to The Cap with Mike Doughty to play guitar-driven, groove-infused blues-rock. If it rocks, they’ll play it. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

RIP Paul Kantner

January 29th, 2016

In 2005, I recruited Steve Silberman to interview Paul Kantner for my radio show. Here’s the audio.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1427

January 24th, 2016

Week of January 25, 2016

Part 1 36:03
Interview: Dennis McNally
Jerry on Jerry: The Unpublished Jerry Garcia Interviews
Jerry Garcia on improvisation
Interview: Dennis McNally
Grateful Dead, Fillmore East 2-11-69
MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON

Part 2 19:59
Grateful Dead, Dave’s Picks 2015 Bonus Disc (3/21/72)
THE OTHER ONE

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Friday, February 11, The Wailers take the stage to uplift fans with legendary reggae classics that have been heard around the world. It’s going to be a soul shakedown party to satisfy your soul. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.