Archive for February, 2020

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/Stu Steinhardt campaign update

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

As of this morning, we have raised $11,104 – blasting past our goal of $10,000!

Here’s the story, and you can of course still contribute!

The marathon happens on Saturday, 9am-1am Pacific!

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

Dino English on the Grateful Dead’s drummers

Saturday, February 8th, 2020

Last week on Tales from the Golden Road we had a caller asking about drumming – a topic about which this guitarist isn’t nearly as well-informed as I’d like. Later in the program we got a call from Dino English, one of Dark Star Orchestra‘s drummers, adding lots of useful information to the topic. And this week, Dino sent me some more info by email to share with the world.

Here’s Dino:

David,

Just to continue the drum discussion… listening to Betty Board of 10-2-77 off archive…

So this Betty board has Billy snare, kick and toms mostly on left while Mickey snare and toms Mostly on right. Betty [Cantor-Jackson], as well as Dan [Healy], would place stuff as if you were looking at the stage for the most part except Jerry and Bass generally up middle with keys on one side and Bob guitar on the opposite. In this case the keys are hard left, Bob fairly hard right.

First song, Casey Jones, if you put the phones on, you can clearly hear both drummers hitting the back beat at the same time. Both of them hitting the backbeat at the same time happened quite a bit … especially in the 70’s before Mickey started going more world beatish in the 80’s where he would hit a back beat on the toms more. He did do it in the 70’s as well but it was especially prominent after Mickey moved his big Tom to left and right above his snare is the later 80’s

On Jack Straw on this recording you can hear Mickey play backbeats on the toms as well and some snare back beats here and there.

Brown Eyed, on this recording, you have them both hitting back beats on snare.

Even though they are playing similar parts, it still adds to the over depth of the texture.

And of course in general, Mickey was the primary tom fill guy, while Billy driving the groove. Quite often they would trade up who is on hi hats and the other would play ride. But there was certainly times when they both played hi hat or ride at the same time.

They would sometimes fill at the same time as well with a similar rhythm (such as 16th note theme) or quite often Mickey would start and Billy would finish.

But yes, it was all in the purpose of serving whatever song it was they were currently playing. And giving each other space. They were clearly playing together rather than what quite often happens when you get two drummers together where one or both of the them wants to turn it into a drum battle while shitting all over the music.

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And I should also throw in that on occasion, the channels accidentally got switched by the tapers if they got a board feed and mixed up right and left inputs. Then you’d have Billy on the right and Mickey on the left. But that’s clearly a mistake, as you can hear it if you dial into the same show with an audience recording where the right and left is clear.

And also you can tell it’s wrong by just knowing how they mixed. Both Dan and Betty have told me they mix as if looking at the stage. They both have their differences of how extreme things are panned. Dan tended to go extreme hard left and right with snare kick and hats and the overheads would work as a unifier of sorts with Billy’s right overhead and Mickeys left overhead being almost center (from the perspective of looking at the stage).  … while Betty would not quite pan the snare that extreme. 

I’ve tried to point this out to Charlie Miller at times (with varying results).

On a side note, Dan would make some exceptions. He would hard pan Mickey’s floor toms hard right when if looking at the stage they would be center. He said he did this because the floor toms took up too much sonic space.  

One thing that often seems to be true as well with all this stuff… there are always exceptions to the case. These are all things that developed over time and as with the music, very rarely would things stay the same. 

(added later)
I should mention the cowbell since it can be a pretty predominant part. On many tunes Mickey would often play the cowbell and toms as a textual thing while Billy held down the beat with a kick, snare, hi hat thing. That would be a classic example of them playing very different parts. Examples of this would be Let It Grow or Scarlet > Fire. 

KPFA Grateful Dead Marathon Sat 2/15/20

Saturday, February 8th, 2020

Read all about it here.

art by Darrin Brenner

Honoring Stu at KPFA: update

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

Our campaign to raise $10,000 for KPFA in Stu Steinhardt’s name is coming along nicely. As of this afternoon, our total is $7,490.00!

Please add your contribution. Any amount is appreciated! Here’s a link to the story.

You can make a check payable to KPFA and send it to me –

David Gans
484 Lake Park Ave #102
Oakland CA 94610-2730

Or you can contribute via PayPal to david@trufun.com – make sure you mark it FRIENDS AND FAMILY so we don’t have to pay a fee – and include a note stating that it is a contribution to Stuart’s memorial fund.

We’re gonna “pay it forward” and give KPFA several years’ worth of the donations that Stu is no longer able to make. Nothing will replace the hours he gave to the station, nor the PIE he so generously baked for our music jocks. But this plaque will keep his memory alive at the station forever.

And please tune in for the KPFA Grateful Dead Marathon on Saturday, February 15, 9am to 1am pacific time.

Honoring Stu: current total!

Sunday, February 2nd, 2020

As of this morning, we have raised $6,205.00 toward our goal of $10,000. Here is the original post with all the info! Please read it, and please contribute!

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