Archive for March, 2008

Suwannee SpringFest

Monday, March 31st, 2008



DGQ

Originally uploaded by dgans

David Grisman Quintet at the Suwannee SpringFest. Lots more photos here.

Grateful Dead Hour #1019

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Week of March 31, 2008

Part 1 32:58
Grateful Dead, Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings
BLACK THROATED WIND
Interview: Bill Cutler
Kingfish
HOME TO DIXIE
Interview: Bill Cutler
Bill Cutler, Crossing the Line
ROCKINGHAM MILL
Interview: Bill Cutler
Bill Cutler, Crossing the Line
RIDIN’ HIGH

Part 2 23:57
Interview: Bill Cutler
Bill Cutler, Crossing the Line
ENGINE 99
Interview: Bill Cutler
Bill Cutler, Crossing the Line
SAILIN’ MAN
Interview: Bill Cutler
Bill Cutler, Crossing the Line
STARLITE JAMBOREE

This week’s GD Hour opens with a sample of the wonderful new 9-CD set Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings, announced just a couple of weeks ago. You’ll find some comments on the set in an earler blog post, here. Next week’s GD Hour will be filled with more music from the run.

The DeadNet store is carrying Bill Cutler’s long-awaited CD, Crossing the Line. Here’s an excerpt from his online bio:

Bill Cutler is a singer/songwriter, producer and manager, whose career — spanning musical styles from pop to punk — has led him to work with artists ranging from Jerry Garcia to Jewel.

A native New Yorker, Cutler first gained notice as a young songwriter in the 1960s, winning praise for his early protest songs, while performing at Greenwich Village clubs like the Gaslight Cafe and the Bitter End, where he shared the bill with folksingers Phil Ochs, Eric Andersen and David Blue.

A journey to San Francisco in 1967 for the “Summer of Love” led to an expanded view of music, and a switch from acoustic to electric guitar. Over the next few years, Bill criss-crossed the country, finally settling in Northern California. By 1970, Cutler was firmly entrenched in the Haight-Ashbury music scene, joining fellow guitarist David Rea in a new country-rock band, David Rea & Slewfoot, signed to Windfall/Columbia Records. Slewfoot’s debut album, co-produced by Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir, found Cutler in the company of an all-star musical lineup, including Charles Lloyd (horns), Keith Godchaux (piano), John Kahn (bass), and Jefferson Airplane drummer Spencer Dryden. Slewfoot went on to play a series of live engagements, including a memorable performance with the Sons of Champlin at the 1973 Columbia Records Convention.

Following the demise of Slewfoot, Bill began to concentrate heavily on songwriting. Several of his tunes, “Dangerous Relations” and “That Good Ol’ Harpoon Magic”, co-written with harmonica ace Matthew Kelly (Kingfish, Ratdog), were recorded for Kelly’s solo project in 1973. The album, called “A Wing and a Prayer” (Relix), also included an early rendition of Cutler’s haunting ballad “Ridin’ High”, with a Bob Weir vocal and Jerry Garcia on lead guitar. In addition to writing with Matthew, Bill provided production assistance on tracks featuring guitarist Mike Bloomfield, bluesman John Lee Hooker, New Riders Dave Torbert (bass) and David Nelson (guitar), singer Patti Cathcart (Tuck & Patti), and drummer Donny Baldwin (Garcia Band, Jefferson Starship).

Cutler continued his songwriting partnerships throughout the 70s, composing material for a number of artists, including “Home to Dixie” with Weir, Kelly and lyricist John Perry Barlow, for the debut album by Kingfish (Round Records/UA) in 1975. That same year, Bill recorded a number of his new songs with his own rock band, Heroes, with Jerry Garcia sitting in on lead guitar. Those historic tapes, now being released for the first time, contain some of Garcia’s most inspired playing during his year-long break from the Grateful Dead.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Heart of Gold Records and Dig Music, presenting the debut self-titled release from Donna Jean and The Tricksters, featuring twelve original tracks including “All I Gotta Say”. The new CD is available in stores, digitally and online. More information and tour dates are available at donnajeanandthetricksters.com.

Fantasma Productions, presenting the Wanee Festival April 11 and 12 at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida. Bob Weir & Ratdog, Government Mule, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, Levon Helm Band, Oteil & the Peacemakers & many more on two stages. Complete artist, ticketing and festival information can be found at waneefestival.com

Grateful Dead Productions, announcing the release of Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings, a 9-disc set containing every note recorded at the legendary San Francisco venue on November 9, 10, and 11, 1973. Mastered in HDCD from the original 2-track reels using a state-of-the-art restoration technique, Winterland 1973 captures the post-Pigpen Dead at a creative peak on their home turf. Audio samples, historical documents, message board, and details of a limited-edition bonus disc are available now at dead.net.

DG interview in Cincy Groove

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

Just posted: DG interview with Scott Preston in Cincy Groove. Let us both know what you think!

Live from the Suwannee SpringFest

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

It’s been a wonderful weekend here at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. The Suwannee SpringFest is rolling along under partly cloudy skies, not too hot in the daytime and not too chilly at night. The music has been sublime – Railroad Earth, Blueground Undergrass, Brittany Reilly and the Almost Acoustic Band, The Waybacks, Hot Buttered Rum, Acoustic Syndicate, Boris Garcia, Guy Clark, Verlon Thompson, and more. Tonight I’ll see Donna the Buffalo, Peter Rowan and the Free Mexican Airforce, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, Jim Lauderdale – lots more to come!

My own onstage experiences have been spendid. Last night we closed out the Meadow Stage program at 1 am with a humongous jam. Lemme see here: Mark van Allen (Blueground Undergrass) on pedal steel; Warren Hood (Waybacks) on fiddle; Andy Goessling (Railroad Earth) on saxophones; Joe Kyle Jr. (Waybacks) on bass; Vic Stafford (Blueground Undergrass) on drums and Chuck Hamilton (Waybacks) on percussion; Bud Burroughs (Boris Garcia) on keyboards and mandolin; James Nash (Waybacks) on electric guitar; Erik Yates (Hot Buttered Rum) on flute and banjo; Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth) fiddle; Randy Judy on scrubboard. Bryan Horne (Hot Buttered Rum) sat in on bass near the end. Zac Matthews (Hot Buttered Rum) couldn’t get his mando working. for some reason. We missed him!

It was wild good fun Cassidy’s Cat into Goin’ Down the Road Feelin’ Bad, Friend of the Devil, King of the Road, Helpless, Big River, Elvis Imitators. Maybe one more in there. Surprisingly coherent, and a whole lot o’ shreddin’ goin’ on! Really really enjoyable both onstage and in the house.

And today on the Amphitheater Stage I did a rehearsed set with the Shockenaw Mountain Boys (Tim Carbone, Andy Goessling, John Skehan and Johnny Grubb of RRE) plus Zac Matthews. Here’s “The Bounty of the County” from that show.

More audio artifacts as I round ’em up.

Here’s one now! Pancho and Lefty-> Save Us from the Saved from today’s set.

Barack Obama Music Coalition

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

I am right this minute on a conference call with a new organization called the Barack Obama Music Coalition. We’re going to be reaching out at clubs, festivals, online, and everywhere else to get Barack Obama nominated and ELECTED!

Please visit the site and join the team.

Barack Obama Music Coalition

Barack Obama Music Coalition

“So?”

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

KWMR moves the GDH to Friday midnight

Monday, March 24th, 2008

The wonderful West Marin public radio station KWMR has moved the Grateful Dead Hour to an excellent time slot: Fridays and midnight! Effective immediately.

And speaking of KWMR and west Marin, I am scheduled to perform on KWMR Monday evening, April 14, right after the 6:00 news until 8:00 or so. With host The Hippie from Olema! I’ll play some live music and some recordings, too – including a few tracks from my soon-to-be-released (I hope!) CD The Ones That Look the Weirdest Taste the Best.

And then on Friday eveing, April 18, I play live and solo electric at the Old Western Saloon in Pt Reyes Station. Showtime is 9:30pm!

From the archives…

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Mary Eisenhart just posted this photo of Phil Lesh and me on the air at KFOG on May 12, 1986.

And here is an interview with lyricist John Perry Barlow in Jamaica on November 25, 1982. My first interview with Barlow.

Grateful Dead Hour #1018

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Week of March 24, 2008

Part 1 30:53
Grateful Dead 2/19/73 International Amphitheater, Chicago IL
EYES OF THE WORLD->
CHINA DOLL

Part 2 25:32
Grateful Dead 2/19/73 International Amphitheater, Chicago IL
SUGAR MAGNOLIA
CASEY JONES

Jerry Garcia & David Grisman, Been All Around This World
BLUE YODEL #9
Jerry Garcia & David Grisman, Not for Kids Only
TEDDY BEAR’S PICNIC

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

The 10,000 Lakes Festival, July 23 through 26 in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. 10KLF features Phil Lesh and Friends, Mickey Hart Band, Dark Star Orchestra, The Flaming Lips, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Michael Franti and Spearhead, and more than fifty additional acts. More information and tickets for the 10,000 Lakes Festival are available at 10KLF.com

Fantasma Productions, presenting the Wanee Festival April 11 and 12 at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida. Bob Weir and Ratdog, Allman Brothers Band, Government Mule, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, Levon Helm Band, Oteil and the Peacemakers, and many more, on two stages. Complete artist, ticketing and festival information can be found at waneefestival.com

Dead to the World 3/19/08

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

We begin with a generous sampling of a new archival Grateful Dead release, Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings.

Winterland ’73 montage
Weather Report Suite
Loose Lucy
They Love Each Other
Looks Like Rain
Here Comes Sunshine
Big River
To Lay Me Down
– Grateful Dead, Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings

Last week we lost a crazy sweet man, saxophonist Martin Fierro. Blair Jackson posted an obit on DeadNet, and tonight I’m playing some of his music for you. Thanks to Charlie Miller for his assistance with the selections.

Fran Harris mentioned that there’s a nice collection of photos on Martin’s web site.

Let It Grow – Grateful Dead, Wake of the Flood

Martin played on this studio track, and blows a fine solo!

Merl’s Boogie->
Outskirts of Town->
Merl’s Boogie
– Steve Kimock & Friends 312/04

Gregg’s Eggs – Zero 5/18/07

Theme from Nancy Germany – Zero 5/20/07

Obama’s great speech

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Watching it right now on YouTube.

One of many impressive passages:

Talk show hosts and conservative commentators built entire careers unmasking bogus claims of racism while dismissing legitimate discussions of racial injustice and inequality as mere political correctness or reverse racism.

Just as black anger often proved counterproductive, so have these white resentments distracted attention from the real culprits of the middle class squeeze – a corporate culture rife with inside dealing, questionable accounting practices, and short-term greed; a Washington dominated by lobbyists and special interests; economic policies that favor the few over the many. And yet, to wish away the resentments of white Americans, to label them as misguided or even racist, without recognizing they are grounded in legitimate concerns – this too widens the racial divide, and blocks the path to understanding.

Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings

Monday, March 17th, 2008

Winterland 1973

Just posted on DeadNet: Winterland ’73: The Complete Recordings!

There’s a listening party of selected tracks from the set, and a viral video clip with an audio montage (created by yours truly) of bits from the set and visuals from the cover poster by Emek plus clips from The Grateful Dead Movie, which was shot at Winterland eleven months after this music was made.

I’ve had the nine discs for about a week now, and I am really impressed with the audio restoration and mastering – and of course with the music. This is a terrific run of shows, the groupmind in its prime and new songs happening all over the place.

Rare and different treasures here include the fast “They Love Each Other” and the slow “Loose Lucy,” both of which underwent significant changes before they were taken into the studio (on Jerry’s Reflections and Grateful Dead from the Mars Hotel, respectively). We also get two performances of “To Lay Me Down,” a song I would have been happy to hear many more times than I did.

“Looks Like Rain,” from the middle (Saturday 11/10) show, is just lovely: that classic warm Weir Gibson rhythm guitar tone and technique, and Jerry plays a mournful, straightforward solo that begins as a replica of the pedal steel part he played on the album Ace. The song has not a trace of the Wagnerian bombast that it verged on in later years.

It’s also interesting to note what songs the band didn’t play during this run: “Bird Song,” “The Other One,” and “He’s Gone” all spring immediately to mind. “Bird Song” had last been played on September 15, 1973, and wouldn’t be heard again until 1980. It would have been nice to hear what this focused, lyrical Grateful Dead did with that one in this run.

Not that I am complaining! I don’t have a problem with three complete “Weather Report Suite”s: all hands are on deck, fully engaged with the music they’re making, and you can feel the musical tree shooting new growth. “Big River” is a barn burner all three nights, too.

The centerpiece of the weekend is the epic musical layer cake of Saturday’s second set: “Playing in the-> Uncle John’s -> Morning Dew-> Band-> Band,” as I referred to it back in the day. I tend to prefer the one they played at the Cow Palace 19 weeks later (and released on Dick’s Picks vol. 24), which I heard in person. And we get a fine “Dark Star” on Sunday, with one of those “Mind Left Body Jam”s we love so much.

They’re offering a bonus disc of uncirculated music from Cincinnati 12/4/73, too. Get on over to DeadNet and see what’s shakin’!

(P.S. That’s my handwritten set list over there. Not sure when I wrote it out on one page like that – and since I only made it to the first and third shows of the run, I must have gotten my information on the 11/10 show from someone else.)

Grateful Dead Hour #1017

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Week of March 17, 2008

Part 1 9:04
Donna Jean and the Tricksters
A PRISONER SAYS HIS PIECE

Part 2 46:51
Grateful Dead 2/19/73 International Amphitheater, Chicago IL
HE’S GONE->
TRUCKIN’->
THE OTHER ONE

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Heart of Gold Records and Dig Music, presenting the debut self-titled release from Donna Jean and The Tricksters featuring twelve original tracks including “All I Gotta Say”. Donna Jean and The Tricksters are touring nationally through April 5. The new CD is available in stores, digitally and online. More information and tour dates are available at donnajeanandthetricksters.com.

Fantasma Productions, presenting the Wanee Festival April 11 and 12 at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida. Bob Weir and Ratdog, Allman Brothers Band, Government Mule, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, Levon Helm Band, Oteil & the Peacemakers, and many more on two stages. Complete artist, ticketing and festival information can be found at waneefestival.com.

Rubber Souldiers 3/12 for download

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

Rich Selleseth’s soundboard recording of the March 12 Rubber Souldiers show – with special guest Peter Rowan – is now up for download at bt.etree.org

Rubber Souldiers poster
Rubber Souldiers: Lorin Rowan – guitar, mandolin, vocals; Chris Rowan – guitar, vocals; David Gans – guitar, vocals; Paul Knight – bass.

Set 1
You’re Gonna Lose That Girl
Norwegian Wood
Dr. Robert
If I Fell
I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party
Act Naturally
Day Tripper
Things We Said Today
Across the Universe
Baby’s in Black
A Hard Day’s Night
She Loves You
Hey Jude
This Boy
No Reply
Here Comes the Sun

Set 2
From Me to You
Rocky Raccoon
I Should Have Known Better->
Heart of Gold
Ticket to Ride->
Rain tease
Hold Me Tight
You Can’t Do That
I Saw Her Standing There->
In My Life
Another Girl->
Nowhere Man
Tell Me Why->
Yellow Submarine
Midnight Moonlight *
Stir It Up-> *
In the Still of the Night *
Hound Dog-> *
Shake, Rattle And Roll->
(tape ran out!)

* with Peter Rowan, guitar and vocal

Blair’s Fierro obit

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Blair Jackson posted a lovely tribute to the late Martin Fierro on DeadNet.