KPFA marathon, new band, new music, upcoming gigs

Good day, friends!

I have two urgent items for your immediate attention, and some news about my musical plans for the year.

First, tomorrow (Saturday, February 4) is the annual KPFA Grateful Dead marathon! I’ll be on the air from 9 am until 1 am Pacific time, and the program will be webcast via KPFA,, and – please spread the word! And I hope you’ll make a donation some time during the day. You can do that online at or call 510-848-5732 or 1-800-439-5732.

Plenty more info (and a photo of the wonderful t-shirt that Papa Lindsey made for us, plus a list of the fine thank-you gifts we’re offering) here.

We’ll have a live performance from The Fall Risk at around 2pm, and the David Nelson Band will join us from The Big Island at around 6:30pm. The rest of the day will be filled with rare musical treats by the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia; I’ve been working on this for quite a while and I have some wonderful gems to share.

Saturday, February 4, 9 am to 1 am: the annual KPFA Grateful Dead fund-raising marathon. Webcast all over! More info here


The second action item has to do with a swell new band, the Sycamore Slough String Band. This is an acoustic quartet doing Grateful Dead-ish music, with Bay Area bluegrass luminary David Thom on mandolin, “Fiddle Dave” Muhlethaler, and Roger Sideman on bass. We had our first two rehearsals in a recording studio, and we came away with enough presentable material for two CDs (more on that later). We emerged form that session with a video clip of my new arrangement of “New Speedway Boogie,” and we’ve entered it in the Dead Covers Project. Please take a look at the clip on YouTube and hit the “like” button if you’re so inclined – it’ll help us get noticed. You can also find us on Facebook and you’ll see our first two gigs in the listing below.
Oh, one more thing! I have TWO new releases on Festivalink and Livedownloads – a solo show recorded 3/26/11 at Rollinsville CO and a studio recording with my pal Eric Rawlins titled Desert Wind, Rollin’ River. You’ll find information and links to both downloads sites at . Both recordings as available on CD from either vendor, and they’re also on iTunes.
I will have a couple of new festival appearances to announce very soon.


Friday, February 10: House concert in Placitas NM. Email me for info.
Saturday, February 11: Top Dead Center and DG at Low Spirits, 2823 2nd Street NW, Albuquerque NM. 505-344-9555.
Sunday, February 12: House concert in Flagstaff, Arizona. Potluck dinner at 4, music at 6. Email me for details/reservations.
Monday, February 13: Normal Bean, DG, and Top Dead Center at the Rialto Theater, 318 E. Congress St., Tucson AZ. Tickets: $10 for Rialto and KXCI members, $12 general public (and at the door)

Thursday, February 23, 8pm:: Sycamore Slough String Band at Murphy’s Pub, 464 First St. East, Sonoma CA. 707.935.0660

Wednesday, April 18, 8pm: Sycamore Slough String Band at Iron Springs Pub and Brewery, 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax CA. No cover!

July 4-7: Grateful Fest at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, Nelson/Garrettsville OH

July 19-22, 2012: Gathering of the Vibes, Bridgeport CT.

August 17-18: A Bear’s Picnic, Laurelton 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

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