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Tim Carbone interview

Friday, March 27th, 2009 has an interview with Tim Carbone, who produced The Ones That Look the Weirdest Taste the Best and Boris Garcia‘s Once More Unto the Bliss. He’s also the fiddle and guitar player of Railroad Earth. Great read.

DG interview @

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Randy Ray interviewed me last week for Part 1 was posted today; part 2 goes up next month.

An excerpt:

[Producer Tim Carbone] just understands. We’re in the same general age cohort. I think I might be a year or two older than he is, but we sort of came up in the same time, and we have very similar political and philosophical views, so he totally got my point of view in terms of what I was trying to say in my songs.

I knew from listening to Railroad Earth that these guys would be great sidemen. To me, the most important thing is the song. I don’t care how great your licks are, if the songs suck, I don’t want to hear it. I knew that those guys understood that the role of band members in a band like Railroad is to tell the story. They understand that the songwriter is the main thing, and their job is not to surround him with hot licks and swamp the song in flashy playing. It’s to underscore and support what the song is doing. There’s plenty of room for shredding in a band like that, but I knew that if I brought them in to do my songs, that my songs would be served by these amazing players. They’re all instrumental storytellers of the first rank.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1055

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

Week of December 8, 2008

Part 1 25:13
Grateful Dead 6/22/74 Miami Jai-Alai Fronton

Warren Zevon, Excitable Boy
Boris Garcia, Once More Into the Bliss

Part 2 31:12
Grateful Dead 6/22/74 Miami Jai-Alai Fronton

The Grateful Dead Discography has an informative entry on Warren Zevon‘s great song “Werewolves of London.” I recently scored a copy of the expanded and remastered edition of Excitable Boy, so here it is on the radio show. (Another song from this CD, “Accidentally Like a Martyr,” turned up on a scrap of tape while I was working on the boxed set All Good Things: Jerry Garcia Studio Sessions – a short session, just the one song, with Jerry on electric piano, roadie/JGB manager Steve Parish on drums, and engineer-producer Bob Matthews on bass. It’s a sweet track, very low-key and tentative. It’s on disc 6, “previously unreleased outtakes, alternate versions and studio jams.”)

Boris Garcia is a band from the Philadelphia area that I’ve come to know and love in the last few years. One of the band’s three excellent songwriters, Bob Stirner, was in the Dead-influenced Philly band Living Earth for many years; you have made heard their CD on Relix back in the day. I crossed paths with Boris Garcia on the festival circuit and became a fan right away; my first (and toughest) criterion for appreciating a band is songwriting, and this band has three fine songwriters. As for the name, here’s what band member Gene Smith says about it in the band’s bio: “We were in the studio with a bunch of different guitarists. One of them was Tony Rice style, and the other was Flamenco/Middle Eastern. East meets West, and it was definitely odd, and Jeff [Otto] said, ‘This is weird. This is like Boris Garcia’s Family Reunion.'”

Boris Garcia are on a promotional tour of the West Coast. They will be performing live on my radio show Dead to the World Wednesday 12/10, 8-10pm Pacific. KPFA is at 94.1 fm in northern California, and you can listen online worldwide at,, or

P.S. I’ll claim some credit for putting Boris Garcia together with Tim Carbone, who produced the band’s new CD, Once More into the Bliss. Tim also produced my new CD, and of course his “day job” is playing fiddle and guitar in another of my favorite bands, Railroad Earth.

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