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Oteil Burbridge: Long Live the Dead

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In 2015 rhythm guitarist Bob Weir and drummer Bill Kreutzmann, founding members of the Grateful Dead, formed the band Dead & Company, along with longtime Grateful Dead keyboardist Jeff Chimention and drummer / percussionist Mickey Hart. They enlisted some fresh blood into the band with the addition of singer/guitarist John Mayer, and bassist Oteil Burbridge. A ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Jorma Kaukonen: Been So Long - My Life & Music

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Been So Long: My Life & Music
Jorma Kaukonen
368 Pages
ISBN: # 978-1250125484
St. Martin's Press
2018

Anyone who reads Jorma Kaukonen's memoir Been So Long is bound to be surprised. But what the venerable musician recounts in My Life and Music may startle fans and followers most ...

Anthem Of The Sun 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

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In an essay dense with historical detail and rich in provocative allusions, Steve Silberman accurately and vividly recounts the sequence of events involved in the original production of the Grateful Dead's second studio album Anthem of the Sun. The writer recounts a herculean task, the comparable likes of which has resulted in this 50th Anniversary Deluxe ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers with Los Lobos At The Flynn Center for the Performing arts

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Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers w/ Los Lobos
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Burlington, Vermont
July 20, 2018

Given the musicianly approach Bruce Hornsby has applied to his career, it makes perfect sense for him to tour with Los Lobos. With his bands (originally the Range and now the Noisemakers) ...

The Vintage Years 1970 - 1991

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There are bands that manage to carve out a place for themselves in the music world that lasts for decades; there are others who, while having created a name for themselves during their peak years and, while they continue to tour and, even, make the occasional studio album, are invariably best remembered for their seminal early ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead's Long, Strange Trip

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Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter in the Grateful Dead's Long Strange Trip
Joel Selvin with Pamela Turley
288 Pages
ISBN: #978-0306903052
Da Capo Press
2018

Joel Selvin's Fare Thee Well may end up equally parts enlightening and disillusioning for whoever reads it. Drawing upon his coverage of the ...

Grateful Dead: The Best of the Grateful Dead Live

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A companion piece to 2015's similarly-titled compendium of studio recordings, The Best of the Grateful Dead Live may be likewise redundant for long-time fans of the iconic group. But it is well to remember there are many new listeners and followers, many of whom are helping sell-out Dead & Company tours of recent years, for whom ...

Stephen Inglis: Cut The Dead Some Slack

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Guitarist/vocalist Stephen Inglis' take on the Grateful Dead, Cut The Dead Some Slack, constitutes a logical extension of that iconic band's idiosyncratic approach to making music. A more succinct approach than a two-CD set might've heightened the impact of this project, but regardless, the wide range of material this man chose highlights just how inspiring are ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Remembering John Perry Barlow - Grateful Dead Lyricist, Tech Futurist

Remembering John Perry Barlow - Grateful Dead Lyricist, Tech Futurist

It's inadequate to call John Perry Barlow a product of the 1960's since he did so much to help shape it and the decades that followed. If being a lyricist for the Grateful Dead weren't enough, his “Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace", published 22 years ago this week, and his work as a founding member of ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017

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For those who may have noticed, there have been no best of lists coming from yours truly since 2014; sadly, the chronic health problem that has reduced my previous writing pace to a crawl continues without much respite. My best of the year lists have always been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, and with ...