Thursday, December 25, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 12/25/14

Merry Christmas!

yes the Deadpod is coming to you a day early in the spirit of the season.. Hoping that this finds you and yours healthy and happy today and sharing some acoustic Jerry to make your day, and weekend a little brighter. This is a BIG package under your tree (or in your ipod :) as I decided one show was just not enough to thank you all for another great year here on this bright blue ball.. First off, one of the great Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band shows from the legendary run at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater in New York City, October 21st 1987. This is the early show - amazing energy and performance from these guys. The lineup featured David Kemper on drums, John Kahn of course on bass, Sandy Rothman on mandolin, dobro, banjo and vocals and the great David Nelson on guitar and vocals.

Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
October 21, 1987 Early Show
New York, NY

Blue Yodel #9
Spike Driver Blues
I've Been All Around This World
I'm Troubled
Drifting With The Tide
If I Lose
Trouble In Mind
Gone Home
Ragged But Right

I couldn't leave it there - I always enjoy hearing the great music Jerry produced in his later years with David Grisman. As I was looking for something to include from that collaboration I came upon this famous show which I don't believe I've featured before on the Deadpod. I couldn't cut anything out so I just included it all.

Jerry Garcia and David Grisman
August 25, 1991
Goldcoast Concert Bowl
Squaw Valley, CA

Spring In California
Grateful Dawg
Louis Collins
Off To Sea Once More
Friend Of The Devil
Two Soldiers
So What?
Russian Lullaby
Dawg's Waltz
The Thrill is Gone
Old Rocking Chair
Eat My Dust*
* w/ Bela Fleck
Bill Graham's last big project.

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:

I hope you enjoy this week's Deadpod, (and that I haven't overloaded you!)

Thanks for a great year, we'll be back on our usual date next year, on Friday January 2nd.
So let me wish you a Happy New Year as well!

Thanks for your contributions which keep the Deadpod afloat.

Sending you all peace and love and wishes for a better, more peaceful 2015.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 12/19/14

This week's Deadpod features some ferocious Garcia jamming, and again, while the tape is not perfect, for fans like us, this is well worth listening to and experiencing. Of course this week is the remainder of the show from 12/10/72 at Winterland in San Francisco CA. This show features a spectacular 'Other One'.. the band drifts into this following some very interesting jamming out of Truckin'. Sit back and experience where this jam takes you, I think you'll be quite surprised at the varied landscapes here. They follow this spectacular jam with a nice Deal and a very good Sugar Magnolia. Ramble on Rose has a rather different but pleasing location in the setlist, followed by Johnny B Goode to close the set and put a mark on what the boys knew to be a great performance. The boys return with a sweet and well done 'Uncle John's Band' as an encore. What a nice way to end the show..

Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA (12/10/72)
The Other One
Sugar Magnolia
Ramble On Rose
Johnny B. Goode

Uncle John's Band

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:

Thanks so much for picking up the Deadpod, and for your kind support this year. 
I very much appreciate it! 

Happy Chanukah! and look for our acoustic show next friday, to take you through the after Christmas weekend.. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 12/12/14

While this week's Deadpod features a tape that is not complete, and has some cuts, I still believe it is strong enough to feature for this week and next. This show comes to us from Winterland Arena, where the band performed after a short break from touring on December 12, 1972. Unfortunately most of the first set is missing. What we have starts with a great 'Bertha', following that is Garcia at full force during an incendiary 'Playin' In the Band'. This beauty goes on for about 20 minutes of first class Jerry virtuosity. I love this version. While this tape is not the highest quality recording, its worth listening to just for this performance. The band moves into a much more standard Casey Jones to close the first set.
We'll listen to the first part of the second set as well, which opens with a rockin' Promised Land followed by a nice Stella Blue. The China Cat->I Know You Rider opens up very nicely, especially in the transition jam, and leaves us wanting more, which we'll hear next week. 

Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA (12/10/72)

from set 1:
Playing in the Band
Casey Jones

Set 2:
Promised Land
Stella Blue
Jack Straw
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:

Thank you for sharing this trip with me, and for your support, which makes the Deadpod possible!! 

Friday, December 05, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 12/5/14

There is no way I wouldn't come back to this show this week and present this wonderful second set. Of course this is from December 12th, 1990 at McNichols Arena in Denver Colorado. While it takes a few verses for the boys to catch on fire, once they do they roll on through a 2 hour set full of passion and energy that makes this one of the best shows of a very good year.  They start with a nice China ->Rider that rolls into a really pretty Looks Like Rain.. Hornsby adds some wonderful touches here. Somewhat surprisingly, Iko follows, but that perhaps is not as surprising as the Dark Star that crashes from it. This one is pretty well formed, and a real treat to listen to throughout. The band rolls into a nice Terrapin Station following, and gives its audience a bit of a break as it winds into drums and space. Jerry, Bob and Phil give the Watchtower that follows its dark streak then Garcia provides a wonderful Stella Blue. I won't attempt to describe it.. just listen.
They come out with an excellent Throwing Stones->Not Fade Away to close the set. The Weight that follows has long been one of my favorite encores when done well, and this was I think was.

I hope you enjoy this week's Deadpod.

McNichols Arena, Denver, CO (12/12/90)

set 2:
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Looks Like Rain
Iko Iko
Dark Star
Terrapin Station
All Along the Watchtower
Stella Blue
Throwin' Stones
Not Fade Away

The Weight

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A special THANK YOU to my friends who support the Deadpod.
I am so grateful to you.

Be well everyone, spread joy and happiness if you can.