Under Cover: Friend of the Devil


I really like good covers of good songs.  I have a large (and excellent) Spotify playlist centered around cover songs.

So when I saw someone with the Grateful Dead say that this was possibly the best Friend of the Devil cover they’d ever heard, I stopped in my tracks for a listen.

This may be the first time I’ve talked about I See Hawks in L.A.  But it won’t be the last time.  That is one great cover.  Here’s their web site.

A Grateful Dead Gem, Discovered 40 Years Later

Grateful Dead  Tomorrow Is Forever 9 26 72  YouTube

I’ve been listening to the Grateful Dead since I was old enough to scrape a few dollars together and find my way to the nearest record store.  I named my first child after a Grateful Dead song.  I listen to the Grateful Dead channel 75% of the time I’m driving.  I have a recurring and wonderful dream that I am in the band, playing on stage sometime during the Europe ’72 era.  In other words, I am a committed fan.  I thought I’d heard every song they’ve ever recorded.

But, as it turns out, I hadn’t.  Because tonight, on the way home from work, something wonderful happened.


It’s a special treat to hear a new Grateful Dead song.  Even if it was recorded almost 40 years ago.  Is this really a cover of the Porter Wagoner song? Apparently so.

And it’s one of the best songs I’ve heard in a long, long time.

It’s not on Spotify (the Porter Wagoner version is).  No luck on Amazon.

A little research indicates that this show was in Jersey City, NJ.  It was in the second set, between The Greatest Story Ever Told and Truckin’.

Here’s the entire set, via Archive.Org.


Jesse McReynolds Does the Grateful Dead (and Very, Very Well)

I was clicking around Amazon today, working on my music migration to the beautiful new Amazon Cloud (more on that later) and I came upon a music recommendation for Jesse McReynolds’ newish record, Songs of the Grateful Dead .  I listened to a few clips, bought it, and was completely blown away.

As is my custom, I then clicked over to YouTube to see if I could find some live versions, and boy did I hit the jackpot.  Here’s some HD footage of Jesse’s appearance just last week at  Springfest 2011, in Live Oak, Florida.  This is absolutely some of the best music you will ever hear.

After you soak up this goodness, run over to Amazon, and buy this record.

Songs Of The Grateful Dead

Jesse McReynolds – Songs of the Grateful Dead.


And if you’re a fan of good music, you have to subscribe to dschram1’s YouTube Channel.  It’s the best music channel I’ve seen on YouTube.

Grateful Dead: 1/31/70, New Orleans


One of my favorite vintage Dead shows.

@Archive.Org (I can’t get the archive.org embeddable player to work)


Disc 1
(electric set)

1. Cold Rain & Snow
2. Mama Tried
3. Stage Banter
4. Dire Wolf
5. Big Boss Man
6. Morning Dew
7. Mason’s Children
8. Me & My Uncle
9. Hard To Handle

Disc 2
(acoustic set)

1. Stage Banter
2. Long Black Limousine
3. Seasons Of My Heart
4. Saw Mill
5. Bound In Memories
6. The Race Is On
7. Black Peter
8. Little Sadie
9. I’ve Been All Around This World
10. Katie Mae
11. Cumberland Blues


The Dead performed at The Warehouse for two nights. On January 31, 1970, the local police raided their hotel on Bourbon Street and arrested and charged a total of 19 people with possession of various drugs.  This event was later memorialized in the lyrics of the song Truckin’.

Alms for the Poor or Bring Out Your Grateful Dead

willblogforfoodC|Net reports that the music industry is offering “small” webcasters the option of paying “below market” royalty rates on the songs they play, keeping the required royalty rates essentially the same as they are under a 2002 law called the Small Webcaster Settlement Act.

It’s not known what the cutoff for “small” would be, but the SaveNetRadio coalition argues logically that almost all webcasters should be considered small by broadcast standards.  Once they get more popular, however, they might very well grow themselves out of business under the proposed plan.

While I’d love the ability to stream some MP3’s from Newsome.Org, the bigger issue is not helping bloggers put a few streaming MP3’s online, it’s ensuring the viability of the places most of us go to get new music- the Pandoras and Rhapsodys of the world.

As Techdirt points out, this is likely an attempt to distract the growing number of politicians who have been looking at this very important issue.

While I’m happy to see the music industry negotiate a little, there’s a lot more work to do before we’re done.

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