Grateful Dead Hour no. 1393

May 31st, 2015

Week of June 1, 2015

Part 1 29:50
Interview: David Browne
Grateful Dead 5/3/77 Palladium, New York City
Interview: David Browne
Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band, See Reverse Side for Title
Matt Rae, Twangin’ the Dead

Part 2 26:00
Grateful Dead 3/1/70 Family Dog on the Great Highway, San Francisco CA

The Jim Kweskin Jug Band was an important early influence on the guys who became the Grateful Dead. Here’s an excerpt from my book This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead, which will be published on November 10:

BOB MATTHEWS: Bob Weir and I were really into the jug bands. We liked Gus Cannon [of Cannon’s Jug Stompers, a black, Memphis-based jug band in the late twenties] and Jim Kweskin. The Jim Kweskin Jug Band was playing at the Cabale [in Berkeley]. You had to be at least eighteen, if not twenty-one, to get in. We snuck in, and we were up in the front row. Geoff Muldaur had an incredible voice, and we were really digging on the band. And then this cute, Daisy Mae–looking creature, whose name was Maria D’Amato, came out and sang “I’m a Woman.” Most of the males in the building were drooling. She was a gorgeous girl. She became Maria Muldaur, of course. The next day, Bob and I cut class and hitchhiked into Palo Alto to Dana Morgan Music, where Jerry was teaching banjo. As we walked into his little cement cubicle, he was playing banjo—noodling, as he always did. I think I said, “We went to see the Kweskin Jug Band last night, and we’re starting a jug band.” Jerry looked up, didn’t drop a beat, and said, “Good. I’m in it. I know a great harp player, this guy named Pigpen.”

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Netflix, presenting The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir, a revelatory look at Bob Weir and the Grateful Dead, chronicling Weir’s own wild ride from founding member of the band to rock icon status, and his friendship with Jerry Garcia. Including rare archival concert and behind-the-scenes footage, and interviews with fellow band members, relatives and Weir himself, “The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir” is now streaming on Netflix.

Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Grateful Dead tribute Stella Blues Band will honor Wetlands Wednesday night traditions by recreating the Grateful Dead’s spirit each Wednesdays in June. Events, information, and ticketing at

Matt Rae, announcing his new album Twangin’ the Dead, a guitar-focused instrumental tribute to Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. Twanging’ the Dead is available on iTunes and from

DG interview with Gooey Rabinski

May 28th, 2015

Interview with Gooey Rabinski, from a blog titled “Understanding Medical Marijuana.”

From the intro:

“You may or may not have heard of David Gans. If you’re of a progressive mindset, don’t trust your government, believe in enlightened approaches to social justice, think romance is often a comical game, and are just generally fed up with the bullshit from Corporate America, you probably already like Gans—you just don’t know it…. In the fall of 2007, David Gans and I spent some time backstage at the Fall Hookahville music festival where he was performing. We discussed the Grateful Dead (the topic of most of Gans’ work), his latest album, and national politics — while exploring the libertarian values espoused in his music.”

Read it here.

Dead to the World 5/27/15

May 27th, 2015

Interview with Melody Walker of Front Country
Gospel Train – Front Country, Sake of the Sound
MartinezMelody Walker, Gold Rush Goddess

The Other OneVoodoo Dead 5/3/15 New Orleans

Out with the Old
Devil in My Ear
Radio City
Still In Love with You
Blue LIne
New Dress
Wash Your Hands
Color Me Gone
Maurice Tani and 77 El Deora live in the KPFA Performance Studio

Believe It or NotMaurice Tani and 77 El Deora (unreleased)

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1392

May 24th, 2015

Week of May 25, 2015

Part 1 27:32
Interview: David Browne
Grateful Dead 5/12/74 Reno NV
Interview: David Browne
Grateful Dead, Blues for Allah (2004 remaster)

Part 2 28:36
Interview: David Browne
Grateful Dead, In the Dark
The Grateful Dead

David Browne’s new book is So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York.​ Vermont jamband veterans Strangefolk will play a three-night stand on June 4, 5, and 6. Music lovers can enjoy a variety of live music at Garcia’s several nights a week. Events, information, and ticketing at

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1391

May 17th, 2015

Week of May 18, 2015

Part 1 29:32
VooDoo Dead 5/3/13 New Orleans

Part 2 26:33
VooDoo Dead 5/3/13 New Orleans

Grateful Dead, Birth of the Dead

VooDoo Dead:
Bill Kreutzmann, drums
Keller Williams, guitar and vocals
Jeff Chimenti, keyboards
Steve Kimock, guitar
Dave Schools, bass

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York.? On May 29 and May 30, Dark Star Orchestra will loyally recreate Grateful Dead’s music at The Cap?. Following DSO on May 29, Sailin’ Shoes will honor Little Feat’s legacy and on May 30, Cats Under The Stars will perform the music of Jerry Garcia Band. With the aim to bring fans the best in live music and entertainment, events are held almost every night of the week. Events, information, and ticketing at

DG on “Morning Coffee”

May 13th, 2015

On Monday, April 27, I appeared on RadioVision Network‘s Morning Coffee. My friend Denny Horn arranged it, and wound up on the air with me. Barbara Freire was the host.


A great adventure in local media! Watch it here. – about 28 minutes.

Special offer for two CDs

May 11th, 2015

I just got a new shipment of The Ones That Look the Weirdest Taste the Best, and I’m offering a special deal: if you buy this CD and Desert Wind, Rollin’ River together, you’ll get both CDs for $25 and I’ll pay the postage (to US addresses)!

Produced by Tim Carbone and featuring his Railroad Earth bandmates. All original songs!

An Americana collection (19 songs!), including several originals and songs by Kate Wolf, Rodney Crowell, Nanci Griffith, Jackson Browne, and others. Recorded by Stephen Barncard!

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1390

May 10th, 2015

Week of May 11, 2015

Part 1 43:03
Grateful Dead March 22, 1972 Academy of Music, New York NY

Part 2 11:43
Grateful Dead March 22, 1972 Academy of Music, New York NY
Grateful Dead, Birth of the Dead

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

St. Martin’s Press, presenting the autobiography of Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann. In Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead, the Dead’s founding drummer has written an account of playing in the original jam band for thirty years. Deal is available now in stores and online

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, whose stage Grateful Dead played 18 times from 1970-1971 alone. History will be recreated on May 29 and 30 with popular Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra. Events, information, and ticketing at

Da Capo Press, presenting the new book, So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead, a riveting narrative history of the Dead by the acclaimed author of Fire and Rain and contributing editor to Rolling Stone, David Browne. So Many Roads is available wherever books and ebooks are sold.

DG’s bay area gigs this month!

May 8th, 2015

I have a great variety of gigs in the Bay Area over the next week and a half!

Tonight I’ll be sharing the stage (and some jams) with the wonderful harpist Anela Lauren.

Next week, two performances with a true musical and humanitarian hero, Jim Page (one of which also includes the great Peter Case).
The Known Unknown will make our pure-improv magic in SF and Berkeley.
And I get to play the wonderful Grand Lake Farmers’ Market on Saturday 5/16.

Here is the current schedule. More info at and more gigs will be posted there as they are confirmed.

Friday, May 8, 7:30pm: Harpist Anela Lauren and DG at Second Act, 1727 Haight Street, San Francisco. $10-20 sliding scale.

Tuesday, May 12, 7:30-10pm: Jim Page, DG, and Ira Marlowe at the Monkey House, Berkeley CA. All ages, BYOB, $10-20 sliding scale. For info/location/reservations, email

Wednesday, May 13: Jim Page, Peter Case, and DG play a benefit for Modern Times Book Store, San Francisco

Thursday, May 14, 10pm: The Known Unknown and Canyon Collected at 50 Mason Social House, 50 Mason Street, San Francisco. $10, 21+. Facebook event.

Friday, May 15, 7:30-10pm: The Known Unknown at the Art House Gallery, 2905 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley CA.

Saturday, May 16, 9:30am-1:30pm: Grand Lake Farmers’ Market at Grand and Lake Park Avenues, Oakland. Free!

May 23-24: The Ville, Clay’s Park, North Lawrence OH

Friday, June 19, 7:30pm: The Sound Field and The Known Unknown at Second Act, 1727 Haight Street, San Francisco. $5-10 sliding scale.

Friday and Saturday, June 26-27: Terrapin Hill Family Reunion, Harrodsburg KY

Saturday, June 27: Cincy Folk Festival, Newport KY. Benefit for WNKU (Grateful Dead Hour affiliate)

Tuesday, June 30, 6:30pm: Bunker Mill Bridge, 1298 Poplar Blvd, Kalona IA. Benefit for bridge restoration and preservation. $10 suggested donation.

Wednesday, July 1, 8pm: George’s Tavern, 1201 N. Main Street, Racine WI. $5 advance, $7 at the door.

Friday, July 3, 11:30pm: Grateful Ball (Dead50 after party) at the Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 S Michigan Ave, Chicago IL. DG, Old Shoe, Way Down Wanderers

Thursday, July 30: The Sticky Greens w/ DG at Strange Brew Pub, Norwich CT
August 1-3: Gathering of the Vibes, Bridgeport CT
August 6-10: A Bear’s Picnic, Roaring Branch PA

My performance schedule is posted at – 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

Great thanks to Jim Dunlop for providing me with first-rate strings for all my guitars!
Thanks also to Rick Turner for creating the amazing guitar I play on tour, the Renaissance RS-6

Dead to the World 5/6/15

May 6th, 2015

FUND DRIVE TIME! Please call 1-800-439-5732 or visit to make a contribution. Listener-sponsored radio relies on your support!

Mississippi Halfstep->
Feel Like a Stranger
Easy to Love You
West LA Fadeaway
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Victim or the Crime->
Foolish Heart
Grateful Dead 5/6/90 CSU Dominguez Hills, Carson CA

Cream Puff WarThe Best of the Grateful Dead

China Cat Sunflower->
Hey Pocky Way
Voodoo Dead 5/1/15 Republic, New Orleans

Steve Kimock, Bill Kreutzmann, Keller Williams, Jeff Chimenti, Dave Schools. Thanks to Charlie Miller for the house mix, the recording, and the quick delivery!

They Love Each OtherAnela Lauren, Harpin’ on the Dead
Sing a Song for UsMatt Lax and Nearly Beloved, This House of Mine
Brother Can you Spare a Dime – Jorma Kaukonen, Ain’t In No Hurry
Film at ElevenDavid Nelson Band, Once in a Blue Moon