Archive for March 30th, 2008

Grateful Dead Hour #1019

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Week of March 31, 2008

Part 1 32:58
Grateful Dead, Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings
Interview: Bill Cutler
Interview: Bill Cutler
Bill Cutler, Crossing the Line
Interview: Bill Cutler
Bill Cutler, Crossing the Line

Part 2 23:57
Interview: Bill Cutler
Bill Cutler, Crossing the Line
Interview: Bill Cutler
Bill Cutler, Crossing the Line
Interview: Bill Cutler
Bill Cutler, Crossing the Line

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

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

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