Honest to the Point of Recklessness

It’s hard to pick my favorite Grateful Dead song.  I named my first-born after one.  I’ve listened to many others hundreds of times.

But if you make me pick one, it would be Althea.

If you haven’t seen it, binge watch Long Strange Trip (on Amazon Prime).  A must-watch for anyone who likes music, and anyone who wants to understand the importance of the Dead in American music.

Bonus: It’s audio only, but many people, including me, believe that the best Althea ever was this one, from 1980.

Here’s my personal Dead playlist.  All live.

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

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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.


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