Grateful Dead Hour no. 1645

Week of March 30, 2020

Part 1 25:52
Grateful Dead, June 1976 (Rhino)

Part 2 30:08
James Taylor (Apple Records)
Bob Weir & Wolf Bros 3/7/20 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN
BLACK MUDDY RIVER with Buddy Miller and Emmylou Harris
Jerry Garcia Band, GarciaLive vol 13 (Round Records)

A few weeks ago I was interviewed by producer Paul Ingles for a public radio special on the life and music of James Taylor. I was deeply into the singer-songwriter thing in the early ’70s, before the Grateful Dead opened my mind up in several new directions. I had a profound emotional experience revisiting his first two albums and reconnecting with a musical style and a collection of songs that so deeply influenced the early years of my own playing and writing. 
The radio special is titled “The Emergence of James Taylor”; it’s being distributed via PRX, the Public Radio Exchange, so you might check your local public station to see if they’re broadcasting it (or listen to it here).
 When I listened to James Taylor’s first album, released in 1968 on Apple Records, I was gobsmacked to hear a very familiar song under a different name.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s regret to inform you that several upcoming shows are being postponed. Please stay tuned for more information about rescheduled dates, and hang onto your tickets – they will remain valid for rescheduled dates. The Capitol Theatre family is grateful for each of you and wishing you health, safety, happiness. Please check for updates.

Round Records & the Jerry Garcia Family, announcing GarciaLive Volume 13 – the Jerry Garcia Band recorded September 16, 1989 with special guest Clarence Clemons on saxophone! GarciaLive Volume 13 is a 2-CD set & digital download, coming April 24th and available for pre-order now at

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