Posts Tagged ‘Barton Hills Choir’

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1668

Sunday, September 6th, 2020

Week of September 7, 2020

Part 1 26:10
Grateful Dead 4/10/83 Coliseum, Morgantown WV
UNCLE JOHN’S BAND->
PLAYING IN THE BAND->
DRUMS

Part 2 29:03
Grateful Dead, June 1976 (Rhino)
THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED (6/10/76)
Grateful Dead, Dave’s Picks vol. 34 (Rhino)
TO LAY ME DOWN
Might As Well: The Persuasions Sing Grateful Dead (Rhino)
SHIP OF FOOLS
The Barton Hills Choir
BROKEDOWN PALACE

I had the life-changing experience of co-producing Might As Well: The Persuasions Sing Grateful Dead with lead singer Jerry Lawson. For this song, we had the wonderful Vince Welnick on piano, and Persuasions bass singer Jim Hayes takes the lead. Here’s my studio diary, with tons of photos and links to other articles about the project.

“Brokedown Palace” is a remote recording masterminded by Gavin Tabone, the director of the Barton Hills Choir (a grade school in Austin, Texas). Keyboardist Jeff Chimenti (of Ratdog and Dead & Company fame) is one of the participants, and I played acoustic guitar (but that’s Gavin at the start of the song). Here is the video. Enjoy!

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1647

Sunday, April 12th, 2020

Week of April 13, 2020

Part 1 36:39
Dead & Company 1/19/20 The Grand, Cancun, Mexico
SPACE->
ALTHEA->
DAYS BETWEEN->
US BLUES

Part 2 18:42
The Barton Hills Choir, Dead Songs vol 2 (bartonhilschoir.org)
UNCLE JOHN’S BAND
Grateful Dead, June 1976 (Rhino)
LET IT GROW (6/10/76)

I’ve been working with the Barton Hills Choir for a few years now. I contributed some guitar and singing to Dead Songs volume 2, including this lovely “Uncle John’s Band” – which also features percussion by Rob Koritz of the Dark Star Orchestra. Here’s the video for that one. And just this month, choir director Gavin Tabone put together a video of “Ripple” from parts we recorded separately. Check it out here! You can find out more about the BHC (and see more videos) online at bartonhillschoir.org

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More BHC/DG: in the studio

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

The day after our live performance at Stephen F Austin High School, Barton Hills Choir director Gavin Tabone brought me to his classroom at Barton Hills Elementary to record a vocal on “Uncle John’s Band,” for the Choir’s second album of Grateful Dead songs. After we recorded the vocal, Gavin surprised me by handing me a brand-new acoustic guitar and asking me to christen it with a second contribution to the song.

Here is the result: Uncle John’s Band by the BHC and David Gans

The Choir’s arrangement is in the key we’re all used to (G), but the groove is different. I enjoyed the challenge of coming up with something new that served the music.