Wolf Bros.

Bob Weir will perform the Grateful Dead catalog as a new trio called Wolf Bros which includes Weir, RatDog drummer Jay Lane and bassist/producer Don Was. The announcement of this new project and tour come on the heels of the news that Dead & Company‘s upcoming performances at LOCKN’will be the band’s final shows of 2018.

Weir says, “Wolf Bros is something that really took its roots back in the spring of 2015 when Don Was came up to TRI and helped us piece together Dead & Company. For a while now I’ve been itchin’ to explore our songs in a trio setting. An upright bass, my acoustic or electric guitar and a drummer. We did some rehearsals this past spring and it was big fun—and that’s the whole idea. We were kickin’ around Dead songs as well as tunes from my back pages. I’m pretty sure we’re gonna have a big adventure with this…”

Wolf Bros Tour Dates

October 16 – Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Resort
October 18 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
October 20 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Arlington Theatre
October 22 – Portland, OR @ Keller Auditorium
October 23 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theater
October 24 – Missoula, MT @ The Wilma
October 26 – Salt Lake City, UT @
Delta Hall at Eccles Theater
October 27 – Albuquerque, NM @ Kiva Auditorium
October 29 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
October 31 – Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre
November 5 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
November 6 – Louisville, KY @ Palace Theatre
November 8 – Syracuse, NY @ Landmark Theatre
November 9 & 10 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
November 12 – Washington, D.C. @ Warner Theatre
November 13 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
November 16 – Boston, MA @ Boch Center Wang Theatre
November 18 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre

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Bob Weir, Blue Mountain

I am thrilled that Bob Weir will soon release a new solo album of original songs. The work is titled, ‘Blue Mountain‘ and will be available on September 30th.

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Bob Weir is a hard-working musician. His collaborative musical abilities ring profoundly in the Music of Our Heart.

 

The release will be his first album of entirely original material in thirty years. Producer Josh Kaufman partnered with Weir on the album, which features songwriting collaboration with Josh Ritter and performances from guitarists Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner and bassist Scott DevendorfThe album features twelve new songs that draw on Weir’s earlier experiences working on a ranch in Wyoming as a teenager. Weir will be performing in support of the album this fall on his “Campfire Tour.”

There will be at least one song co-written with John Perry Barlow who has been instrumental in Bob Weir’s cannon of music.

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Blue Mountain Tracklist:
01. Only a River
02. Cottonwood Lullaby
03. Gonesville
04. Lay My Lily Down
05. Gallop on the Run
06. Whatever Happened to Rose
07. What the Ghost Towns Know
08. Darkest Hour
09. Ki-Yi Bossie
10. Storm Country
11. Blue Mountain
12. One More River To CrossBob Weir 2016 Tour Dates:
10/07 – San Rafael, CA @ Marin County Civic Center
10/08 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
10/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
10/12 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
10/14-15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
10/16 – Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theatre
10/19 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium

American Express Unstaged, Dead & Company, Tonight!

Fans of the legendary Grateful Dead and John Mayer, get ready! These two forces are joining together to perform as Dead & Company for their #AmexUNSTAGED concert on 11/7 at 7:30PM ET. You can watch the livestream and the 24 hour rebroadcast at http://AmexUNSTAGED.com/DeadAndCompany.

This Webcast is going up on the living room wall via HiDef, Optimum, Macbook Pro, and Google Chromecast baby!! Thanks American Express and Dead & Company!

Dead & Company Is Going To Be Way Cool!

I am pleased to learn that John Mayer, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann have formed the next evolution of The Grateful Dead. They will be known as Dead & Company.

They will be joined by Oteil Burbridge on bass and Jeff Chimenti on keyboards. Such an awesome nucleus of talent, I really must say.

The Dead & Company will start the tour on Halloween night at the Madison Square Garden Arena. The Madison Square Garden event will not be Dead & Company’s only show as Bob Weir confirmed they are in talks to book additional dates.

I respect how John Mayer carries it forward with the Dead and their music. He is the catalyst for The Dead’s raison d’etre.

I’m deeply excited and energized to be joining some of the Grateful Dead guys in the band Dead & Company. All I’ve really wanted to do in life is play deep, real music – and this is some of the deepest and realest there is. It’s also some of the most satisfying to play as a musician. It’s going to be a challenge and a joy to help make those waves that people can ride wherever they want it to take them. This adventure reminds me a lot of the one I had with the Trio, exactly a decade ago, when I took a break from recording what would be Continuum. Going back to “pure” playing experiences is what keeps the creativity in my own work flowing. I’ve followed the guitar wherever it pointed, and it’s never steered me wrong. I hope you’ll ride along with me, because we’re going to have some fun. Thanks for always letting me go where the spirit takes me…

Bob Weir’s quote about Dead & Company is quite appropriate.

“Those songs weren’t done with us. It was a matter of who wanted to get back out on the road and keep doing it.”

Here is John Mayer performing Althea with Bob Weir, Jim Keltner (drums) and Sean Hurley (bass).

In Memory of Brian Farmer

I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Brian Farmer. To me he will always be the heart and soul of Gov’t. Mule.

He was a vibrant character, dedicated to his craft as the road and equipment manager for The Mule. He was a focused guitar tech and incredible buddy with Warren Haynes.

I have two videos I want to share with you about Brian.

The first is a video of Brian Farmer participating with Gov’t. Mule in the song, “Don’t Step On The Grass Sam” by Steppenwolf. We saw Brian do this with The Mule at the Ives in Danbury a few years back. It really made the evening for us.

The second video is a beautiful moving tribute to Brian Farmer performed at Bob Weir‘s TRI Studios. You can feel Warren’s heart breaking as he plays “I Know You Rider”

I take comfort that the soul ascends and that Brian Farmer has joined Rock and Roll Heaven.

Rest in Peace, Brian Farmer. We miss you dearly. #ThankYouFarmer

“He was a close friend, a devoted worker, and a lover of life,” says Warren Haynes. “We traveled around the world together and shared many experiences-mostly while laughing. He will be missed by a huge circle of friends and family.”

17th Annual Gathering of the Vibes Festival

Yesterday the Gathering of the Vibes 2012 lineup was announced. We love this outdoor festival held at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Ct.

I’m underwhelmed by the GOTV artist lineup compared to recent years to be very honest. I’m hoping the schedule is not complete as Sunday July 22nd is very weak without a major artist anchoring that day. The Gathering of the Vibes has been known to add more major acts as the festival gets closer so I am hoping Ken Hays has some aces up his sleeve for Vibes 2012.

All that being said I am happy as a Dead head that all four members of the Dead will be performing with their respective bands over two days. I am looking forward to Friday the most which features Phil Lesh and Friends, Bob Weir & Bruce Hornsby along with Branford Marsalis and 7 Walkers (Bill Kreutzmann).

One More Saturday Night – Bob Weir

aceThe song, “One More Saturday Night” was written by Bob Weir for the superb solo debut of Bob Weir’s album Ace

It’s been said that Ace is less of a solo album and more a derivative of the Grateful Dead as Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Bill Kreutzmann all perform on the recording.

The song was first performed on 19 October 1971 by the Grateful Dead, and first appeared on Bob Weir’s Ace album (May 1972) and The Grateful Dead‘s Europe ’72 live album.

Its become a set staple and crowd pleaser ever since. It gets played often on Saturday nights somewhere on the planet…

Owsley “Bear” Stanley 1935-2011

I was upset to learn of Owsley “Bear” Stanley‘s untimely death last night. I had just come home from Brooklyn, logged into Facebook when I picked up the R.I.P. Bear discussion threads taking place with Sam Cutler and Bill Kreutzmann.

It hit me like a thunderbolt…. sigh…

As one of many extended Dead family members my heart goes out to Bear’s family, Sam Cutler, the members of the Grateful Dead and all who knew him in San Francisco, Australia and elsewhere.

My purpose in writing this blog post today is to pay tribute to Owsley “Bear” Stanley. He made significant contributions to our counter-culture as a chemist, genius sound engineer, band manager, and music archivist.

I just read Bob Weir and Phil Lesh‘s thoughts about Bear and wanted to share them with you from dead.net

Bob Weir wrote:

I met Owsley at the age of eighteen. I had just left home, having run off with a Rock&Roll band. Bear, as we knew him, was one of my all-time biggest influences. Always, when I think of him, I think of the endless stuff he taught me or somehow made me realize, all stuff that I’ve been able to use to the benefit of countless people who probably don’t know much about him or how deeply he influenced me and the rest of the band. Most important was the approach he taught me and us: Always be open and engaging – always critical and questioning, but not negatively so much as playfully. He taught me to take myself and my interests out of the picture and work with the subject under consideration so that the best deductions or conclusions are made. I guess this means working from the point of view of the higher self, though that term never came up; it was always just assumed…

-Bob Weir

From Phil Lesh:

A Beautiful Mind

I received a text in the middle of last night that Bear Stanley has died in a car accident in Australia. Bear, for me, was a true kindred spirit; when we first met, it was as if I had met a long-lost brother from another lifetime. I am heartbroken and devastated at his passing.

He was a friend, a brother, an inspiration, and our patron at the very beginning of our creative lives. We owe him more than what can be counted or added up- his was a mind that refused to accept limits, and he reinforced in us that striving for the infinite, the refusal to accept the status quo, that has informed so much of our work.

He never gave up his quest for pushing the limits of whatever he was working on. We had just been discussing his concept of point-source sound reinforcement in relation to a new project of mine, and his vision incorporated the latest developments in technology and perceptual research.

My heart goes out to his family, for whom he had such love and pride- his wife Sheilah, his children, grand-children, and great-grandchildren- who have lost their patriarch.

A mind like Bear’s appears very rarely, and it’s been my privilege and honor to have known and loved two such minds- Jerry and Bear. I always laugh when I think about what Jerry once said about Bear: There’s nothing wrong with Bear that several billion fewer brain cells wouldn’t fix.

I am eternally grateful for all of the gifts that Bear brought to the scene and to the music.

Fare you well; I love you more than words can tell.

– Phil

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