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Grateful Dead Hour no. 1640

Sunday, February 23rd, 2020

Week of February 24, 2020

Part 1 35:43
Grateful Dead 9/11/88 Spectrum, Philadelphia PA
FOOLISH HEART->
VICTIM OR THE CRIME->
SCARLET BEGONIAS->
FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN

Part 2 20:02
Bob Weir & Wolf Bros 2/10/20 Sweetwater, Mill Valley CA
A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL
Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders, GarciaLive vol 12 (Round Records)
HOW SWEET IT IS (TO BE LOVED BY YOU)

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. Melvin Seals and JGB, with new permanent member John Kadlecik, play the sweet sounds of JGB on Saturday, March 7. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong come to The Cap on April 24 and 25 to put the fun in Funk, with Goose on Friday and Magic Beans on Saturday. Dark Star Orchestra recreates the Grateful Dead Experience at The Cap on May 8 and 9. And don’t of course DeadCenter at Garcia’s every Wednesday night. 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 July 10 through August 8. Complete details, tickets, and travel packages at deadandcompany.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1639

Sunday, February 16th, 2020

Week of February 17, 2020

Part 1 31:43
Grateful Dead 9/11/88 Spectrum, Philadelphia PA
FENNARIO
STUCK INSIDE OF MOBILE WITH THE MEMPHIS BLUES AGAIN
TENNESSEE JED->
PROMISED LAND

Part 2 23:35
Fragile Thunder, One Afternoon Long Ago (Perfectible)
ST STEPHEN
Wynonna (single) (Anti Records)
RAMBLE ON ROSE (with Bob Weir)

The legendary country singer Wynonna went into the studio with Bob Weir to record “Ramble on Rose”! They just released it as a single on Anti Records, and Bobby joined Wynonna and The Big Noise onstage in San Francisco a few days ago!

As you probably know, I’m a musician as well as an author and radio producer. I’ve been writing my own songs for 50 years and playing Grateful Dead music for almost as long. One of the projects I’ve been involved with for the last few years is Fragile Thunder, a trio with Celtic harpist Anela Lauren and Hawaiian slack-key guitarist Stephen Inglis. Fragile Thunder has been invited to perform at the Lockn’ Festival in Virginia in June, as well as the Just Exactly Perfect Festival in California in September. I’m using that as an excuse to play a track from our studio record, One Afternoon Long Ago, which we released last spring on my own label, Perfectible Recordings. We brought in the great Robin Sylvester, bassist of Ratdog, for the session.

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

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from July 10 through August 8. Complete details, tickets, and travel packages at deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour all through July 10 through August 8.

The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. Melvin Seals and JGB play the sweet sounds of JGB on Saturday, March 7, with their new permanent guitarist, John Kadlecik. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong come to The Cap on April 24 with Goose and April 25 with Magic Beans. Dark Star Orchestra recreates the Grateful Dead Experience at The Cap on May 8 and 9. And Wednesdays is DeadCenter, Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com

KPFA Grateful Dead marathon Feb 15, 2020

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

The annual KPFA Grateful Dead fund-raising marathon
Saturday, February 15, 2020, 9am to 1am pacific time
Hosts: Tim Lynch and David Gans

Rare recordings, interviews, and a live performance by Achilles Wheel Trio

Broadcast live all over northern California on KPFA (94.1 Berkeley CA, 97.5 FM Santa Cruz CA) and KFCF 88.1 Fresno CA
Streaming live at kpfa.org, nugs.net, and gdradio.net

More info – and a link to the playlist – here!

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1638

Sunday, February 9th, 2020

Week of February 10, 2020

Part 1 19:29
Bob Weir & Wolf Bros 8/2/19 Sweetwater, Mill Valley CA
ETERNITY
Jerry Garcia & David Grisman, So What (Acoustic Disc)
MILESTONES (take 5, 6/2/92)

Part 2 36:03
Grateful Dead 9/11/88 Spectrum, Philadelphia PA
IKO IKO
FEEL LIKE A STRANGER->
FRANKLIN’S TOWER
LITTLE RED ROOSTER

Since Dead & Company has performed the Miles Davis classic “Milestones” a number of times, I thought it would be interesting to hear how Jerry Garcia and David Grisman treated it. There are two takes of this piece on an album of jazz numbers titled So What, released in 1998 on Grisman’s Acoustic Disc label.

The Garcia-Grisman quartet included James Kerwin on bass and the great Joe Craven on various instruments. In the last few years you’ve heard a lot from Joe on this program: he and his band The Sometimers made one of my favorite records of the last ten years: Garcia Songbook. You can find them at joecravenansdthesometimers.com


Bob Weir & Wolf Bros are going on tour this month and next. Info at bobweir.net

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. Blackbird Presents and The Capitol Theatre Present The Thrill Is Gone: A Tribute To B.B. King on February 16 and 17, with Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, Ann Wilson, Susan Tedeschi, Warren Haynes, and many more. Colorado blues-rockers Big Head Todd and The Monsters play with 10,000 Maniacs on Friday, February 28. And every Wednesday is DeadCenter, Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1637

Sunday, February 2nd, 2020

Week of February 3, 2020

Part 1 42:12
Grateful Dead 2/27/90 Oakland Coliseum Arena
SPACE->
THE OTHER ONE->
MORNING DEW->
THROWING STONES->
NOT FADE AWAY

Part 2 13:48
Grateful Dead 2/27/90 Oakland Coliseum Arena
I BID YOU GOODNIGHT
Grateful Dead, Ready or Not (Rhino)
SO MANY ROADS (6/23/92)

“So Many Roads” is one of the last batch of songs Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter wrote together. This one was an onstage emotional peak for Jerry in the last few years of his life, and archivist and producer David Lemieux chose a sterling example for this collection of songs that the Dead weren’t able to get onto a studio album before the end. Ready or Not also includes Liberty, Eternity, Lazy River Road, Samba in the Rain, Way to Go Home, Corrina, Easy Answers, and Days Between. It’s available in all the usual places.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. Bluegrass and jam rockers Railroad Earth come to The Cap on Saturday, February 8 with special guest Peter Rowan, performing Old & In the Way with support from the Larry Keel Experience. Blackbird Presents and The Capitol Theatre Present The Thrill Is Gone: A Tribute To B.B. King on February 16 and 17, with Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, Ann Wilson, Susan Tedeschi, Warren Haynes, and many more. And every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1636

Sunday, January 26th, 2020

Week of January 27, 2020

Part 1 18:01
Bob Weir & Wolf Bros 8/2/19 Sweetwater, Mill Valley CA
THE OTHER ONE->
NOT FADE AWAY


Part 2 37:23

Grateful Dead 2/27/90 Oakland Coliseum Arena
STANDING ON THE MOON
TRUCKIN’->
SPOONFUL->
DRUMS

Bob Weir & Wolf Bros are going on tour in February and March. And their live performances are available for download in a variety of formats from nugs.net.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. On Thursday, February 6, the spirit of the Grateful Dead and the music of New Orleans will be honored at the Nolafunk Mardi Gras Ball 2020 with Voodoo Dead – Steve Kimock, Jeff Chimenti, George Porter, Jr., Al Schnier and John Morgan Kimock. Melvin Seals brings JGB to The Cap on Saturday, March 7 to play the sweet soulful music of Jerry Garcia Band. And every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1635

Sunday, January 19th, 2020

Week of January 20, 2020

Part 1 26:49
Grateful Dead 2/27/90 Oakland Coliseum Arena with Michael Doucet and Beausoleil
MARDI GRAS PARADE->
IKO IKO->
MAN SMART, WOMAN SMARTER

Part 2 28:39
Grateful Dead, Ready or Not (Rhino)
LIBERTY (10/14/94)
Bob Weir & Wolf Bros 8/2/19 Sweetwater, Mill Valley CA
GONESVILLE
LOST SAILOR->
SAINT OF CIRCUMSTANCE

Bob Weir & Wolf Bros are going on tour in February and March.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. Railroad Earth comes to The Cap on Saturday, February 8 featuring bluegrass legend Peter Rowan performing Old & In the Way with special guest Larry Keel Experience. The keeper of the flame, Melvin Seals, brings JGB to The Cap on Saturday, March 7 to play the sweet soulful music of the Jerry Garcia Band. And every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1634

Sunday, January 12th, 2020

Week of January 13, 2020

Part 1 14:41
Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders, GarciaLive vol 12 (Round)
LONELY AVENUE

Part 2 40:34
Grateful Dead 2/27/90 Oakland Coliseum Arena
VICTIM OR THE CRIME
MISSISSIPPI HALFSTEP
WHEN I PAINT MY MASTERPIECE
BIRD SONG

The latest GarciaLive release, volume 12 in the series, is Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders at the Boarding House in San Francisco, recorded January 23, 1973 and mixed from the multitrack masters. You don’t hear her in this particular song, but vocalist Sarah Fulcher is in the band for this show, and her contributions are most unusual! According to Jesse Jarnow’s liner notes, Fulcher was tossed into the musical stew with no rehearsal! It’s interesting to listen to this record with that in mind. You can find GarciaLive volume 12 at garciafamilyprovisions.com.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. On Thursday, February 6, the spirit of the Grateful Dead and the music of New Orleans will be honored at the Nolafunk Mardi Gras Ball 2020 with Voodoo Dead – Steve Kimock, Jeff Chimenti, George Porter, Jr., Al Schnier and John Morgan Kimock. Phil Lesh celebrates his 80th Birthday March 13, 14, and 15, with various lineups of old and new friends. And every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1633

Sunday, January 5th, 2020

Week of January 6, 2020

Part 1 25:15
Grateful Dead 2/27/90 Oakland Coliseum Arena
GOOD TIMES
FEEL LIKE A STRANGER
SUGAREE

Part 2 30:10
Bob Weir & Wolf Bros 11/19/18 Beacon Theater, New York NY
EVEN SO->
OCTOBER QUEEN

New Riders of the Purple Sage, Thanksgiving in New York City (Omnivore)
ALL I EVER WANTED

Here’s a link to get Bob Weir & Wolf Bros recordings, in a variety of formats.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. Railroad Earth comes to The Cap on Saturday, February 8 with bluegrass legend Peter Rowan and with special guests the Larry Keel Experience. Just announced is Phil Lesh’s 80th Birthday Celebration on March 13, 14, and 15, with a twist… The identity of Phil’s friends will not be revealed until the night of each show. And every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1632

Sunday, December 29th, 2019

Week of December 30, 2019

Part 1 34:13
Dead & Company 11/6/19 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale NY
FEEL LIKE A STRANGER
Dead & Company 11/8/19 Coliseum, Hampton VA
SPACE->
MY FAVORITE THINGS->
DAYS BETWEEN

Part 2 19:43
Dead & Company 11/9/19 Coliseum, Hampton VA
PLAYING IN THE BAND->
FRANKLIN’S TOWER

Dead & Company live recordings are available in a variety of formats from livedead.co

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. On Thursday, February 6, the spirit of the Grateful Dead and the music of New Orleans will be honored at the Nolafunk Mardi Gras Ball 2020 with Voodoo Dead – Steve Kimock, Jeff Chimenti, George Porter, Jr., Al Schnier and John Morgan Kimock. And every Wednesday is DeadCenter at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1631

Sunday, December 22nd, 2019

Week of December 23, 2019

Part 1 8:49
Grateful Dead, Saint of Circumstance (Rhino)
WALKIN’ BLUES

Part 2 46:13
Grateful Dead 7/3/84 Starlight Theatre, Kansas City MO
DRUMS->
SPACE->
THE WHEEL->
THROWING STONES->
NOT FADE AWAY
~
KEEP YOUR DAY JOB

Yeah, I know: two consecutive shows with “Keep Your Day Job” as the encore. I always liked the song!

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. On New Year’s Eve at The Capitol Theatre Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue bring the music and vibe of the Big Easy with special guests North Mississippi Allstars and gospel-blues and soul artist, Devon Gilfillian. Shorty and his band will play their unique fusion of funk, hip-hop, rock, jazz, with immense energy. And of course every Wednesday is DeadCenter at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1630

Sunday, December 15th, 2019

Week of December 16, 2019

Part 1 42:07
Grateful Dead 7/3/84 Starlight Theatre, Kansas City MO
SCARLET BEGONIAS->
TOUCH OF GREY->
FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN
JAM->
DON’T NEED LOVE

Part 2 13:39
Dead and Company 11/6/19 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale NY
THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. David Grisman will join the Del McCoury Band to celebrate Del’s 80th birthday at The Capitol Theatre on Saturday, December 21. Del and Dawg have enjoyed more than half a century of friendship and music-making. And of course DeadCenter at Garcia’s, where every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com

Round Records & the Jerry Garcia Family, announcing GarciaLive Volume 12: January 23rd 1973 featuring a previously uncirculated performance from Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders mixed & mastered from the original 16track recordings. GarciaLive Volume 12: January 23rd 1973 is a 3-CD set and digital download, coming December 20th and available for pre-order now at GarciaFamilyProvisions.com

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1629

Sunday, December 8th, 2019

Week of December 9, 2019

Part 1 34:15
Grateful Dead 7/3/84 Starlight Theatre, Kansas City MO
MY BROTHER ESAU
LOSER
LOOKS LIKE RAIN
DEAL

Part 2 21:24
Jerry Garcia Band, GarciaLive vol. 11 (Round Records)
CATS UNDER THE STARS
Grateful Dead, Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings (Rhino)
ROW JIMMY (11/9/73)

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes today from:

Round Records & the Jerry Garcia Family, announcing GarciaLive Volume 12: January 23rd 1973 featuring a previously uncirculated performance from Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders mixed & mastered from the original 16track recordings. GarciaLive Volume 12: January 23rd 1973 is a 3-CD set & digital download, coming December 20th and available for pre-order now at GarciaFamilyProvisions.com

The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. On December 13th & 14th, Jerry’s songbook will once again fill the hallowed halls of the Capitol Theatre for Home For The Holidays: Celebrating Jerry Garcia featuring Melvin Seals, Oteil Burbridge, Tom Hamilton, Duane Trucks, Jacklyn LaBranch and Lady Chi joining once again to spread a little holiday cheer and celebrate Jerry in what would have been his 77th year. And of course, DeadCenter at Garcia’s every Wednesday. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1628

Sunday, December 1st, 2019

Week of December 2, 2019

Part 1 30:38
Grateful Dead 7/3/84 Starlight Theater, Kansas City MO
ALABAMA GETAWAY->
PROMISED LAND
CANDYMAN
CASSIDY
WEST LA FADEAWAY

Part 2 25:57
Interview: Robert Hunter and David Gans 11/15/77
The “meaning” of “GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD”
Bob Weir, Ace (Rhino)
GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD
Grateful Dead, Pacific Northwest ’73-’74: The Complete Recordings (Rhino)
WHARF RAT (5/19/74)
Benmont Tench, Nervous from the Fall (Think Indie)
CHINA DOLL
Ontario Blues Band, Trentem (ATEG)
UNCLE JOHN’S BAND

Continuing our ongoing salute to the late great lyricist Robert Hunter, here’s a bit of an interview I did with him in November 1977. I have to tell you, listening back to this tape was a deeply humbling experience. I was 24 years old and had been a music journalist for less than two years. I was passionate and knowledgeable about the music of the Grateful Dead, and Hunter was quite forthcoming in these interviews, excerpts of which you have heard in the weeks since Hunter’s passing. As I listened back to this recording, I just about died of cringe. I hounded the man about various topics – and you can hear his exasperation as he finally relents and tells me what I want to know.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Round Records & the Jerry Garcia Family, announcing GarciaLive Volume 12: January 23rd 1973 featuring a previously uncirculated performance from Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders mixed & mastered from the original 16track recordings.  GarciaLive Volume 12: January 23rd 1973 is a 3-CD set & digital download, coming December 20th and available for pre-order now at GarciaFamilyProvisions.com

The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. On December 13th & 14th, Jerry’s songbook will once again fill the hallowed halls of the Capitol Theatre for Home For The Holidays: Celebrating Jerry Garcia featuring Melvin Seals, Oteil Burbridge, Tom Hamilton, Duane Trucks, Jacklyn LaBranch and Lady Chi joining once again to spread a little holiday cheer and celebrate Jerry in what would have been his 77th year. And of course, DeadCenter at Garcia’s every Wednesday. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

KBCS drops the GD Hour

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

Just got a note that KBCS Bellevue (Seattle) WA is dropping the GD Hour.

The program director said, “This is a strategic decision. The station’s long-term focus is on developing locally created music content. The Grateful Dead Hour was the sole remaining syndicated show on our schedule. Although it is a very high quality program, it is time for KBCS to move on.”

Being both a working musician and a longtime advocate for community radio, I entirely support KBCS’s desire to focus on locally-produced music shows.

Not sure if the station would be receptive to listener requests to reconsider…

Here is our current station list, revised to reflect KBCS’s departure.