Friday, March 9, 2018

Stephen Inglis’ Cut The Dead Some Slack” is a treasure of a tribute album.

  Grateful Dead zealots are a fevered fanbase and we are convinced the world would understand the genius if  only the music was digested under the right circumstance. Well my friends, Stephen Inglis’ tribute album “Cut The Dead Some Slack,” paints the music in that perfect context. His Hawaiian slack key guitar style and angelic voice flushes out the magic of our sacred songs. In such a true manner that deadhead’s wives will finally understand our obsession while we remember the reason we fell in love with these timeless tunes. “Cut The Dead Some Slack” surpasses any Dead tribute album to date for a variety of reasons. The tracklist is phenomenal, Stephen’s selections are diverse and performed in a style that shines new light on our beloved material. His style is reminesinent to Robert Hunter performing solo but without the anger. David Gans lends a hand on back up vocals which adds gravity to some of the powerful ballads. Stephen’s album feels like dancing with a past lover, many feelings come rushing back as I fell in love with the songs all over again. This album will be treasured by any musical enthusiast, but as a deadhead it's a must for your collection.
I am usually not a fan of tribute albums, then again I’ve never heard my favorite songs on a back porch in Hawaii. I strongly suggest you head to pledgemusic and order this revelation on double CD or Vinyl package. It's akin to an acoustical  tropical vacation.
Words: Kevin Long

Bob Weir and Phil Lesh Duo Setlist, 411 and Videos from last night in Boston

Bobby and Phil made up for the repeats by pulling out some rare covers and Grateful Dead  songs never performed last night in Boston. They mixed some Dylan gems with such rarities as Rosemary, Alligator and Cosmic Charlie to create  magical evening at the  Theatre.


Setlist3-8-2018 Boston, Wang Theatre
Set 1:
Uncle John's Band
Black Throated Wind
Cosmic Charlie
Lazy River Road
Minglewood Blues
Girl From the North Country
Box of Rain
Set 2:
Alligator
Cassidy
Jack Straw
Mountains of the Moon
Rosemary
Cumberland Blues
Viola Lee Blues
The Wheel
Morning Dew
Encore:
It's All Over Now, Baby





                                     COSMIC CHARLIE
                                       


                                  GIRL From The North Country

             

A massive box set of early Jerry Garcia performances will be available May 11th, titled Before The Dead.


A retrospective box set compiled of rare Jerry Garcia performances will be released on May 11 via Round Records titled “Before The Dead.” The title explains this gem of a box set perfectly, the material is music he performed before he co founded The Grateful Dead in 1965. The project is available for pre order in two different packages, a 4-CD set and a limited edition 5 L.P.
 The music includes rare tracks from May 26, 1961 from Jerry and Robert Hunter recorded at Brigid Meier’s 16th birthday party in Menlo Park, California. The extended box set also includes Jerry as part of Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers in San Carlos on June 11, 1962. Other performances include The Wildwood Boys at Top of The Tangent in Palo Alto from 1963 and The Hart Valley Drifters studio set from Stanford University. David Nelson, Norm Van Maastricht,and Sandy Rothman are among the musicians who appear on this historic box set. Author and longtime Jerry publicist  Dennis Mcnally produces the box set along with documentarian Brian Miksis. The set includes rare photos, memorabilia and a 32 page book that contains track by track essays. This is a must have for any Jerry Garcia fan. Here is the complete tracklist. More news of  this gem will follow.
Kevin Long

SIDE ONE:
Bob and Jerry
May 26, 1961
Brigid Meier’s Sixteenth Birthday Party
Menlo Park, California

1. SANTY ANNO
2. I GOT A HOME IN THAT ROCK
3. OH, MARY DON’T YOU WEEP
4. ALL MY TRIALS
5. I WAS BORN TEN THOUSAND YEARS AGO
6. BLOW THE CANDLES OUT
7. RAKE AND A RAMBLING BOY
8. TROUBLE IN MIND

SIDE TWO:

Jerry Garcia, Marshall Leicester, and Robert Hunter
July 1961
Boar’s Head Coffeehouse, Carlos Book Stall
San Carlos, California

1. BROWN’S FERRY BLUES
2. JESSE JAMES

Jerry Garcia and Unknown Musician
Summer or Fall 1961
Boar’s Head Coffeehouse, Carlos Book Stall
San Carlos, California

3. DOWN IN THE WILLOW GARDEN
4. LONG LONESOME ROAD
5. RAILROAD BILL
6. THE WAGONER’S LAD
7. KATIE CRUEL

SIDE THREE:

Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers
June 11, 1962
Boar’s Head Coffeehouse, Peninsula Jewish Community Center
San Carlos, California

1. CANNONBALL BLUES
2. LITTLE BIRDIE
3. SALLY GOODIN
4. HOLD THAT WOODPILE DOWN
5. LEGEND OF THE JOHNSON BOYS
6. SHADY GROVE
7. SWEET SUNNY SOUTH
8. MAN OF CONSTANT SORROW

SIDE FOUR & FIVE

Hart Valley Drifters
Fall 1962
KZSU Radio Studio A, Stanford University
Stanford, California

1. BAND INTRODUCTIONS
2. ROVING GAMBLER
3. GROUND SPEED
4. PIG IN A PEN
5. STANDING IN THE NEED OF PRAYER
6. FLINT HILL SPECIAL
7. NINE POUND HAMMER
8. HANDSOME MOLLY
9. CLINCH MOUNTAIN BACKSTEP

1. THINK OF WHAT YOU’VE DONE
2. CRIPPLE CREEK
3. ALL THE GOOD TIMES HAVE PAST AND GONE
4. BILLY GRIMES, THE ROVER
5. PADDY ON THE TURNPIKE (BOYS, MY MONEY’S ALL GONE)
6. RUN MOUNTAIN
7. SUGAR BABY
8. SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD

SIDE SIX:

The Wildwood Boys
February 23, 1963
Top of the Tangent
Palo Alto, California

1. ROLL IN MY SWEET BABY’S ARMS
2. JERRY’S BREAKDOWN
3. STANDING IN THE NEED OF PRAYER
4. MULE SKINNER BLUES
5. SATURDAY NIGHT SHUFFLE
6. PIKE COUNTY BREAKDOWN
7. THE LITTLE SPARROW
8. WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED

SIDE SEVEN:

Jerry and Sara
May 4, 1963
Top of the Tangent
Palo Alto, California

1. DEEP ELEM BLUES
2. WILL THE WEAVER
3. I TRULY UNDERSTAND
4. LONG BLACK VEIL
5. THE MAN WHO WROTE HOME SWEET HOME NEVER WAS A MARRIED MAN
6. FOGGY MOUNTAIN TOP

SIDE EIGHT:

Black Mountain Boys
Fall 1963
Top of the Tangent
Palo Alto, California

1. BAREFOOT NELLIE
2. SHE’S MORE TO BE PITIED
3. NOAH’S BREAKDOWN
4. WHO WILL SING FOR ME?

Black Mountain Boys
January 10, 1964
Top of the Tangent
Palo Alto, California

5. SALT CREEK
6. MONROE’S HORNPIPE (JODY’S HORNPIPE)
7. ROSA LEE McFALL
8. JOHN HARDY/CLOSING THEME

Black Mountain Boys
March 6, 1964
Top of the Tangent
Palo Alto, California

9. KATIE KLINE
10. WALKIN’ THE DOG

SIDE NINE:

Black Mountain Boys
March 6, 1964
Top of the Tangent
Palo Alto, California

1. PADDY ON THE TURNPIKE (BOYS, MY MONEY’S ALL GONE)
2. LOVE AND WEALTH
3. SOURWOOD MOUNTAIN
4. IF I LOSE
5. HOMESTEAD ON THE FARM (I WONDER HOW THE OLD FOLKS ARE AT HOME)
6. STONEY CREEK
7. SALTY DOG BLUES
8. LOVE PLEASE COME HOME
9. MAKE ME A PALLET ON THE FLOOR
10. DARLIN’ ALLALEE

SIDE TEN:

Black Mountain Boys
March 6, 1964
Top of the Tangent
Palo Alto, California

1. IN THE PINES
2. RAWHIDE
3. BLACK MOUNTAIN RAG
4. TRUE LIFE BLUES
5. MEDLEY: DEVIL’S DREAM—SAILOR’S HORNPIPE

Black Mountain Boys
Spring 1964
Top of the Tangent
Palo Alto, California

6. DRINK UP AND GO HOME

Asphalt Jungle Mountain Boys
Summer 1964
Top of the Tangent
Palo Alto, California

7. THESE MEN OF GOD
8. ROLL ON BUDDY
9. GOODBYE OLD PAL
10. BACK UP AND PUSH

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Despite a few repeats Bobby and Phil Wang Dang Doodled all night at the Wang Theatre in Boston. Review, Setlist


    Bobby and Phil continued their intimate acoustical tour in Boston last night. Despite many repeats from New York it managed to be the most polished show yet. One would venture saying” without a member of Phish sitting in,” it was the best of the three. The first half was full of repeats, however they were performed without the rust that many tunes suffered from in New York. Dylan's “When I paint my Masterpiece” and “Athea” were highlights from a well played set.
The second stanza was phenomenal, of course with a “Crazy Fingers” opener there was little doubt it wouldn't be. The JGB staple “The Maker” was a magical cover and sent the second stanza into overdrive with a cosmic “Cryptical>Other One” to follow. A heartfelt “Black Peter” was paired with a rousing “Music Never Stopped” to end the show. A sing a long “Touch of Grey” was a perfect encore. The tour continues tonight at the same venue.

Setlist
Loose Lucy
Me and my Uncle
Masterpiece
Deep Elem Blues
Althea
Bird Song
He's Gone
Set 2
Crazy Fingers
Friend of the devil
Tennessee He'd
The Maker
Cryptical Envelopment
Other one
Mississippi Half Step
Black Peter
M.N.S
Encore Touch of Grey

Monday, March 5, 2018

Dead and Company festival inches closer to becoming a reality.

It looks like we will all be using our GPS soon to find Wyoming. Jackson Hole News and Guide and Live for Live Music broke the news that the city officials just approved a Dead and Company festival. The two day festival will take place over two days on Hereforth Ranch in Jackson , WY, on August 18th and 19th. They permit is for 20,000 tickets. They still have a few more ducks to get in a row before it a sure thing, but hearing Dead & Company perform Bobby’s Country album in God's country seems like a  distinct possibility.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Watch the Pro Shot complete second set with Trey.Bobby and Phil while it last.

Warning the video may causes changes in lifesyle and attitude.
As I reported earlier Trey joined Bobby and Phil last night for an amazing set of music. Watch the complete Problems shot of that set while it last. 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Special Guest Trey Anastasio joined Bobby Weir and Phil Lesh Saturday Night and performed an acoustic masterpiece.


Bob Weir & Phil Lesh performed their second show at the legendary sold out Radio City Musical Hall in New York Saturday night. The band decided against playing the weekend staple " One More Saturday Night." Of course the bravura performance  of music was anything but predictable and will live on in infamy. The secret was certainly not guarded as photos of their rehearsal was on social media by mid afternoon. Those fans with golden tickets were certainly in ecstasy. The crowd expected a wild show and they got they certainly left breathless. The trio performance a psychedelic acoustic set with

improvisational jamming, that resulted .in miraculous ends. But, let's not get a head of ourselves. The Deadly Duo play a fantastic first set with Wally Ingram helping out some but without Big Red..  Set 1 They played an adventurous set with Phil's haunting " Lazy River Road" being the highlight.
     I am going too fast forward  to the acoustical fireworks the three  Jam Legends weiled for the bedazzled fans. If our Jam scene had a Mount Rushmore than three of the immortal icons joined forces to create a set of dreams not dare to dritt..The acoustical odyssey began with an experimental " Playing in the Band" with Trey joining in on vocals.They took a breath following the rousing opener than they proceeded to artificially take flight with the remainder of the sets songs bleeding together with majestic seques separated the perfect set. A jazzy Dark Star led into the melodic marvel as it delicately wove Jack Straw and an Eyes of the World with Trey vocals being spot on. The Magically jam Eyes dissolved into the conclusion of the 'Dark Star Sandwich.


" The historic night kept delivering on every conceivable layer as the trio were dialed in. The majestic show ended with Ripple, Wow!! This night will certainly go down in musical lore next to the other unbelievable nights when the notes danced to your heart

Setlist
New Speedway Boogie
West LA Fadaway
Lazy River Road
Deem Elm Blues
Row Jimmy
Cassidy>
Touch of Grey>
Cassidy

Set 2
Playing In The Band ^°>
Jam>
Playing In The Band
The Wheel^
Dark Star^
Jack Straw^>
Eyes Of The World^°>
Dark Star>^
Saint Stephen>^
VIOLA Lee Blues^
Standing On The Moon>^
Vioila Lee. Lue^


Ripple^

^ with Trey on Acoustic
^° Trey vocals & Acoustic

Playing in the Band




Bob Weir & Phil Lesh Duo Review, Videos and Setlist

Bob Wier and Phil Lesh kicked off their intimate acoustic duo tour in New York at a sold out Radio City Music Hall last night. The much anticipated run comes with a hefty ticket price which did little to damper the vibe. The show  got off to a bit of a rocky start with a choppy  rendition of "Uncle John's Band,"  it was evident they did not practice a ton. But as David Bryne so brilliantly sang "Same as it ever was," especially when it comes to this dynamic duo. But what started as a hindrance soon became the allure, as the laid back intimate acoustic show soon found it's groove. They quickly found their zone and treated the sold out historic venue with two sets of Grateful Music.A rare "Operator" was well received and seemingly jump started these two icons., Their timing problems disappeared during an adventurous "Bird Song". Phil's beautifully broken voice sounded perfect. A voice only a true Deadhead could love. The first stanza ended on a high note with a powerful rare acoustic version  of the classic combo Lost Sailor into Saint of Circumstances.
The second half improved on the first set formula as they were dialed for the remainder of the show. The highlights were " Peggyo"and "Mountains of the Moon". We can all agree certain songs Phil should not sing, but in my opinion his rustic voice shines on these two numbers, especially the latter which evaporated into a "Bird Song Reprise". A powerful "Let it Grow" and Bob Dylan's fitting cover "Hard Rain is Gonna Fall" put Bobby's strong vocals on display. The remarkable performance ended with a sing a long "Not Fade Away" before an encore of "Box of Rain" ended the night. The ticket prices are la tad high dollar but worth every penny as it is rare since "Fare Thee Phil" for these two core members to share the same stage. The intimate acoustic show is far superior in my opinion than the Last Vegas lounge band Further and I look forward to the rest of the shows. I fully expect more gems like "Lazy River Road" and "Pride of Cucamonga" to make an appearance. The music will only improve on a solid fist night and those lucky enough to have tickets should soak it up because the hour is getting late. The tour continues tonight 
Still Kevin Long 

Operator



Bob Weir & Phil Lesh Duo Setlist Radio City Music Hall March 2nd 2018  
Set one 
Uncle John's Band 
Operator
Ramble On Rose
Friend of the Devil 
Bird Song>He's Gone
Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstances
Set Two
Loose Lucy
PEGGY O
Me & My Uncle
Mountains of the Moon>
Bird Song Reprise
Let it Grow
Hard Rain is Gonna Fall>Jam
Not Fade Away
Encore Box of Rain


Set one 
Uncle John's Band 
Operator
Ramble On Rose
Friend of the Devil 
Bird Song>He's Gone
Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstances
Set Two
Loose Lucy
PEGGY O
Me & My Uncle
Mountains of the Moon>
Bird Song Reprise
Let it Grow
Hard Rain is Gonna Fall>Jam
Not Fade Away
Encore Box of Rain 


Not Fade Away










Stephen Inglis’ Cut The Dead Some Slack” is a treasure of a tribute album.

  Grateful Dead zealots are a fevered fanbase and we are convinced the world would understand the genius if  only the music was digested...