Workingman’s Dead

I never grow weary of this album with its black-on-sepia cover released on June 14, 1970.

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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

Whole Lotta Warren Haynes Going On!

Warren Haynes is one of the most versatile musicians in popular music today. He is equally at home playing with The Allman Bros., The Grateful Dead and his own band Gov’t. Mule. He excels at jamming in so many genres.

Warren Haynes is readying his third “solo” album for release on July 24th. I find the designation solo album misleading because the recording features Railroad Earth extensively throughout the tracks. I prefer to call Ashes and Dust a collaboration.

If you have ever seen Warren Haynes perform live you know he is open to many inputs.  He is inviting and inclusive with everyone he performs with.

Also bringing their talents to Ashes and Dust is the vibrant artist Grace Potter, who joins Haynes for the only duet on the album on “Gold Dust Woman”.  The album additionally features singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin and harmonica player Mickey Raphael who each make an appearance on “Wanderlust.” Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge and percussionist Marc Quinones play on “Spots of Time,” a song written by Haynes and Phil Lesh from the Grateful Dead.

I am looking forward to owning this album and have included the first track featured on Sound Cloud, “Spots of Time”.

But wait to add icing to the cake, Warren Haynes and Railroad Earth were filmed performing on PBS Front and Center. Check your local PBS programming guides to catch this superb concert starting in June.

I am looking forward to Warren Haynes appearing at The Gathering of the Vibes 20th Anniversary Special this summer in my backyard here in Bridgeport, CT.

Love my Vibe Tribe can’t wait to hang with y’all again 🙂

“Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution”

I’m thinking strongly about attending the Bill Graham museum exhibition later this year at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. It starts May 7th and runs through October 11th, 2015.

Bill Graham, ca. 1972; © Baron Wolman, courtesy of Photofest

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I place a significance on the live concert experience. I thank Bill Graham for formulating live music as an art form. Many music promoters follow in his footsteps with the venues they manage, the fans they cater to and the artists they present to use live in person. But none will ever equal his achievements to the art of presenting live music and supporting humanitarian causes on a macro scale.

Through rock memorabilia, photographs, ephemera, and psychedelic art in the form of the iconic Fillmore concert posters,Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution explores the momentous cultural transformations of the 1960s–1980s through the lens of rock & roll. The year 2015 marks the thirtieth anniversary of Live Aid and the fiftieth anniversary of Graham’s first-ever concert, as well as the Grateful Dead’s live début. Commemorate these events by celebrating a true pioneer who helped revolutionize rock into the global industry it is today.

Bob Minkin’s Live Dead Photography Book

I discovered an invaluable rock photography publication for my music book collection. Bob Minkin, music photographer/historian has curated and published with Insight Editions an authoritative photography book, LIVE DEAD.

LIVE DEAD is a stunning 224 page hardcover coffee table book spanning almost 40 years of epic Grateful Dead photos and stories by Bob Minkin. The book will ship October 2014, preorders being accepted now.

Grateful Dead – Spring 1990 (The Other One) Box

The vaults of the Grateful Dead bring forth many wonderful, sonic treasures. The latest music data mining to reach the surface is Spring 1990 (The Other One), a 23 disc box set, available on September 9, 2014.

The box set chronicles eight complete concerts from the group’s three-week 25th anniversary tour of North America. The price tag for this box is $239.98, too rich for my blood.

I am more inclined to order the 3 CD box,  Wake Up to Find Out 3/29/90 at $29.98. Wake Up To Find Out is the official début of one of the most sought-after shows in the Dead canon: the March 29, 1990 show at Nassau Coliseum, where Grammy®-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis sat in with the group. It has the sought after Marsalis jam with The Dead, “Estimated Prophet”.

I love the artwork for both box set editions. Pre-orders are now available on the Dead’s website.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-the-grateful-deads-estimated-prophet-with-branford-marsalis-20140710#ixzz376BaXrus
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Jerry Garcia’s Rosebud Guitar

I was pushing the grocery cart down the magazine aisle at Stop & Shop when a music magazine cover rang out to me.

Photograph by Rayon Richards

I didn’t hesitate to reach for the magazine when I saw the cover of Guitar AficionadoThe Deadhead in me gingerly placed the magazine in my shopping cart. I said to myself as I headed to the checkout, “I have my idea for a music blog post this weekend.” 🙂

Jerry Garcia‘s Rosebud guitar is pictured inside the magazine. An American beauty of a guitar that Don Irwin, guitar luthier custom-built for him. Jerry Garcia considered Rosebud Don Irwin’s masterpiece. One look will tell you why.

(The photos below and above are from Guitar Aficionado, Copyright 2014. If you love guitars I urge you to pick up a copy of the May/June 2014 issue or any of their other fantastic back issues here. They do guitars total justice)

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Photograph by Jay Blakesberg
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