New station in Monterey CA

August 30th, 2017

KRML 102.1 FM / 1410 AM Monterey CA – Sundays 8pm starting this week!

The complete station list is posted here.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1510

August 29th, 2017

Week of August 28, 2017

Part 1 15:09
Jerry Garcia, Garcia (Round Records)
DEAL
Bob Weir, Ace (Rhino)
WALK IN THE SUNSHINE
Grateful Dead, Europe ’72 (Remastered) (Rhino)
THE STRANGER (TWO SOULS IN COMMUNION)

Part 2 39:45
Grateful Dead 7/25/72 Paramount Theater, Portland OR
TENNESSEE JED
PLAYING IN THE BAND
LOSER
BEAT IT ON DOWN THE LINE
CASEY JONES

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1509

August 20th, 2017

Week of August 21, 2017

Part 1 25:52
Dead & Company 6/1/17 Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles CA
ESTIMATED PROPHET
Mickey Hart, Planet Drum (2016 reissue) (Universal Music)
ISLAND GROOVE

Part 2 29:40
Grateful Dead 7/25/72 Paramount Theater, Portland OR
BLACK THROATED WIND
CUMBERLAND BLUES
JACK STRAW
BIG RAILROAD BLUES
EL PASO

John Mayer was kind enough to send me a list of favorite moments from the summer’s Dead & Company tour. This “Estimated Prophet” was on that list, and rightly so! You can get this and other Dead & Company concert recordings in a variety of configurations from livedead.co

The Grateful Dead Hour is made possible in part this week by:

Dead and Company’s Playing in the Sand, an all-inclusive Caribbean concert vacation in Riviera Maya, Mexico featuring Three Dead & Company concerts on the beach. Playing in the Sand happens Feb 15 – 18, 2018. That’s Dead and Company’s Playing in the Sand — Riviera Maya, Mexico — February 15 through 18th. Information and ticketing at playinginthesand.com

The Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York. Rock icons Little Feat put on their sailing; shoes at The Cap on Saturday, September 9th. On Sunday, September 17, WFUV Presents singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile for an Acoustic Evening of Songs and Stories. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1508

August 13th, 2017

Week of August 14, 2017

Part 1 27:59
Jerry Garcia, Garcia (Round Records)
SUGAREE
Grateful Dead, Dave’s Picks vol 23 (1/22/78) (Rhino)
THE OTHER ONE->
SPACE

Part 2 26:57
Grateful Dead 7/25/72 Paramount Theater, Portland OR
PROMISED LAND
SUGAREE
ME AND MY UNCLE
BIRD SONG

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Dead and Company’s Playing in the Sand, an all-inclusive Caribbean concert vacation in Riviera Maya, Mexico featuring Three Dead & Company concerts on the beach. Playing in the Sand happens Feb 15 – 18, 2018. That’s Dead and Company’s Playing in the Sand — Riviera Maya, Mexico — February 15 through 18th. Information and ticketing at playinginthesand.com

Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. You can experience Shakedown like never before at the final August Shakedown Sundays event on August 27. Live music, craft vendors, food, and much more. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1507

August 6th, 2017

Week of August 7, 2017

Part 1 37:35
Grateful Dead 8/30/85 Southern Star Amphitheater, Houston TX
SPACE->
GIMME SOME LOVIN’->
THE WHEEL->
THE OTHER ONE->
MORNING DEW

Part 2 18:01
Grateful Dead 8/30/85 Southern Star Amphitheater, Houston TX
SUGAR MAGNOLIA
David Gans, It’s a Hand-Me-Down (Perfectible Recordings)
WHARF RAT

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Dead and Company’s Playing in the Sand, an all-inclusive Caribbean concert vacation in Riviera Maya, Mexico featuring Three Dead & Company concerts on the beach. Playing in the Sand happens Feb 15 – 18, 2018.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals play music to rock your soul at The Cap on Wednesday, August 23, and guitar virtuoso John Butler brings The John Butler Trio to The Cap on Thursday, August 24.  Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1506

July 30th, 2017

Week of July 31, 2017

Part 1 16:50
Dead & Company 6/25/17 BB&T Pavilion, Camden NJ
THEY LOVE EACH OTHER
Bonnie Dobson, from The Music Never Stopped: Roots of the Grateful Dead (Shanachie)
MORNING DEW

Part 2 38:25
Grateful Dead 8/30/85 Southern Star Amphitheater, Houston TX
SCARLET BEGONIAS->
TOUCH OF GREY
SAMSON AND DELILAH->
JAM-> (Bob, Brent, Mick, Billy)
DRUMS

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Dead and Company’s Playing in the Sand, an all-inclusive Caribbean concert vacation in Riviera Maya, Mexico featuring three Dead & Company concerts on the beach. Playing in the Sand happens Feb 15-18, 2018. Information and ticketing at playinginthesand.com


Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. August 11 and 12 will be “A Weekend of Funk & Friends” featuring Leo Nocentelli of The Meters. August 11 will feature Leo with Jen Durkin’s Steal Your Funk, and August 12 will feature Leo with Jaguar, a super group made up of members of Turkuaz and Kung Fu. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Thoughts on the Dead “promotes” my project

July 25th, 2017

It’s always fun to read Thoughts on the Dead, and even more fun to be mentioned!

I appreciate the links to my Indiegogo project and the audio sampler… and the selection of photos!

WYEP feature on my new project

July 24th, 2017

WYEP Pittsburgh has a nice “guest DJ” piece where I get to talk about my CD project. Listen here.

I am performing at the Rex Theatre in Pittsburgh on Thursday, with Fungus. From there I go to Nelson Ledges, four gigs with Pearly Baker’s Best, and more. Full tour details here.

And here is a link to the Indiegogo campaign. I’m asking for pre-orders – $15 for a digital download, $25 for a signed CD, or $100 for both those items plus a bonus disc with alternate takes, demos, etc.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1505

July 23rd, 2017

Week of July 24, 2017

Part 1 27:49
Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders, GarciaLive vol 9 (8/11/74) (Round Records)
AIN’T NO WOMAN (LIKE THE ONE I’VE GOT)
North Mississippi Allstars, Prayer for Peace (Songs of the South/Legacy)
BID YOU GOODNIGHT
Midnight North, Under the Lights (Trazmick Recordings)
EVERYDAY

Part 2 26:19
Grateful Dead 8/30/85 Southern Star Amphitheater, Houston TX
BIRD SONG
LOOKS LIKE RAIN
DEAL

Midnight North is a band featuring Grahame Lesh, son of you-know-who. And coincidentally, Grahame sang on the North Mississippi Allstars track that precedes his song!

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen plays The Cap with his new band The Nightflyers on August 3 and 4. The Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer has recruited four young musicians for his new project. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1504

July 16th, 2017

Week of July 17, 2017

Part 1 27:32
Dead & Company 6/30/17 Wrigley Field, Chicago
LET IT GROW->
UNCLE JOHN’S BAND

Part 2 28:07
Grateful Dead 8/30/85 Southern Star Amphitheater, Houston TX
JACK STRAW
ROW JIMMY
CC RIDER

Dead & Company summer tour shows are available for download in a variety of formats from livedead.co

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Sunday, July 30, Midnight North featuring Grahame Lesh, son of the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh, plays The Cap with premier Grateful Dead tribute band, Stella Blue’s Band. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

“Drop the Bone” update

July 15th, 2017

We are at about 40% of goal on my new studio CD project, Drop the Bone

Here’s a short sampler of the work in progress.

Players on these tracks include Robin Sylvester (Ratdog), Holly Bowling, Bob Bralove, Jordan Feinstein, Eric & Suzy Thompson, Terry Haggerty, Neil Hampton, J Raoul Brody, and many more greats.

The record is a mix of electric and acoustic, small-ensemble and full-band, mostly original songs. There’s a lot of pure improvisation, too!

This Indiegogo campaign is basically a pre-order scheme. $15 gets you a digital download, $25 a signed CD; and $100 gets you both those items plus a bonus audio CD of alternate takes, jams, and demos.

Please contribute if you can, and please spread the link around your networks. Thanks!!

Cover painting by Vi©kisa

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1503

July 9th, 2017

Week of July 10, 2017

Part 1 26:45
Dead & Company 6/18/17 Fenway Park, Boston MA
JAM->
TRUCKIN’->
FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN

Part 2 27:58
Dead & Company 6/10/17 Folsom Field, Boulder CO
CHINA DOLL->
DARK STAR

Bassist Oteil Burbridge sang lead on several songs in the Dead & Company summer tour of 2017. This week’s program features two of those performances: “Fire on the Mountain” and “China Doll.” Recordings of the tour are available in various formats from livedead.co.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, reminding you about the Sunday afternoon Shakedown at Garcia’s! Doors for these free events open at 1PM, with live music, craft vendors, food, and much more. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1502

July 2nd, 2017

Week of July 3, 2017

Part 1 25:14
Grateful Dead, Long Strange Trip soundtrack (Rhino)
DARK STAR (2/14/70)

Part 2 30:07
Grateful Dead 8/3/69 Family Dog on the Great Highway, San Francisco
ALLIGATOR->
DRUMS->
THE OTHER ONE

The Grateful Dead Hour is made possible in part this week by:

Terrapin Stationers, announcing The Jerry Garcia Limited Edition Coloring Book, Collection One. Several of Jerry’s beloved works have been adapted for this project, which also includes two pages of color-in postcards. The Jerry Garcia Limited Edition Coloring Book is available from terrapinstationers.com

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Graham Nash, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee with Crosby, Stills, and Nash AND with the Hollies, comes to The Cap on Saturday, July 15. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

“Drop the Bone” update

June 28th, 2017

I just got word that red-hot piano player Holly Bowling has agreed to let me use one of the wonderful jams we recorded (acoustic, with Joe Klye, Jr. on bass) in January.

Crowdfunding a new studio CD: “Drop the Bone”

June 27th, 2017

Drop the Bone is a phrase spoken often by my late business manager and spiritual advisor, Carolyn “Goldie” Rush – to whom this record is dedicated. It was great advice: “Stop gnawing on your troubles all the time. Get your shit together and get on with it.”

I met Goldie in the late ‘70s, when she was a partner in a management business called Organizational Common Sense. Bob Weir was one of her clients, and Jon McIntire was one of her closest friends as well as the manager of the Bob Weir Band at the time. We became friends over the course of a few years.

When a series of accidents led me to incorporate (as Truth and Fun, Inc.) in order to enter a contract with Grateful Dead Productions to produce and distribute the Grateful Dead Hour, GDP required that I hire Goldie to manage the business (ands keep an eye on me for them). I was happy to oblige, and Goldie ran my business until her death in the spring of 2005.

Dealing with the Grateful Dead wasn’t always easy nor pleasant, and Goldie talked me down from a number of rages and/or depressions over the course of our collaboration. I have always referred to her as “my business manager and spiritual advisor.” She protected my business and my heart, and I still think about her every day.

Our mutual friend Vi©kisa made a painting titled Goldie says Drop the Bone (see above), which I bought from her with the idea of eventually using it to illustrate a song called “Drop the Bone.”

A few years ago I suggested to Peter Rowan – who also was a good friend of Goldie’s – that we write “Drop the Bone” together. I’ve been a huge fan of his songwriting for decades, and I figured his spirituality and our shared love of our late friend would lead to a satisfying result. We worked on it in a hotel room in Ohio, and we had a couple more sessions at Pete’s house, and then our separate travels prevented more in-person collaboration.

Some time later, I got a message from Peter’s manager asking for my publishing info. Peter had finished “Drop the Bone” and had recorded it and was planning to release it on an album titled The Old School. Compass Records even made a video for it!

This version of the song was not at all what I had in mind –

I’m wanderin’ around all day long
I’m a little stray dog honey when you’re gone
And every evenin’ when you come home
You throw your little puppy dog a bone

– but I like it just fine and I am honored to have a collaboration with Peter Rowan on my resume (along with two songs co-written with Robert Hunter).

I still haven’t managed to write a song that does justice to Goldie’s profound advice, but I worked the phrase “Drop the Bone” into another song – “Summer By the Bay” – which is on this new record I’m working on.

Now, to the work in progress: Drop the Bone is a studio record that covers the various corners of my weird musical universe: acoustic, electric; solo, trio, full-band; originals and interpretations.

These are the songs I have already started work on. I’ve got a few more songs under consideration; budgeting issues may help determine what gets recorded.

Summer By the Bay, River and Drown, Life Is a Jam – full electric band
Be Like Earl – acoustic quartet
Your Movie – acoustic, with trombone
Norwegian Wood (Lennon-McCartney) – “solo electric” with looping
Rainbow Fox-> Box of Rain (Hunter-Lesh) – “solo electric” with looping, beginning with an improvised piece.
Pancho and Lefty (Townes Van Zandt) – acoustic trio

And these are the great players I’ve been working with:

Jeff Hobbs – violin, cello, trumpet, saxophones
Robin Sylvester, Joe Kyle, Jr., Dave Jess, and Allegra Thompson – bass
Holly Bowling, Jordan Feinstein and J Raoul Brody – keyboards
Neil Hampton and John Hanes – drums
Greg Stephens – trombone
Eric Thompson – mandolin
Suzy Thompson – fiddle

As with my last couple of records, I have the great privilege and pleasure of working with two amazing engineers who are also good friends: Jeremy Goody at Megasonic Sound and Jim LeBrecht of Berkeley Sound Artists.

I’m looking for the funds to finish the record and get it mastered, packaged, pressed, and promoted. Here is a link to the Indiegogo campaign page. Thank you for your support!