The Dead Covers Project
Whether you play just like Jerry or like to give the Grateful Dead's beloved classics a unique spin, the 2014 Dead Covers Project wants you! We're calling all musicians - near and far - to share their love for the music and magic of the Dead through video. Show off your musical chops and you just might find yourself front and center on Dead.net during the month of February! The rules are simple - all video submissions must contain a song either written by or recorded by the Dead. How that song is interpreted, however, is entirely up to you.
Upload your video to YouTube, tag it "DeadCoversProject," and we'll make it available to view on the band's official YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/gratefuldead. Need a little inspiration? During February, you can also check out an exclusive video playlist featuring a handful of hot submissions at www.facebook.com/gratefuldead. Can't carry a tune? Join the fun by "liking" your favorites on YouTube!
Wow, here it is again, already. The 2nd iteration of the DeadCoversProject. Welcome and hello. I'm ziphler, a completely delusional, thus official, DCP editorialist, music critic, journalist, and otherwise complete nuisance. And this is the first edition of this year's ziph's picks, probably the bane of DCP's existence.
It looks so far as if there's been about 130 entries in the project since sometime in December. Of course, who knows what the ground rules are this year? Are we looking at all entries since time began or is it just entries since the event officially closed March 1, 2012, OR is it since DCP announced this year's event? Is it based on when a video is tagged "DeadCoversProject" or when it was uploaded? Beats me and I'm happy with the obscurity for now since rules can all be circumvented.
Anyhoo, I couldn't help but to notice a major contender right off the bat. They, it, them, him is called the volunteer string band and have jumped in with a plethora of entries. What sets VSB apart from some of the other early and aggressive "more entries is better" players is some serious musical talent. VSB seems to have a completely fluid membership and, in the case of lovelight, actually has no string players at all, instead sporting a brass band. So, sparing you anymore blather, here are the first two
The Volunteer String Band sings "HIGH TIME"
freakin well done!
Oh and PS: like she says, you don't enter the project by posting videos in this forum. Every video in ziph's picks has already been officially attached to the project by TAGGING the video in YouTube with this exact one word: DeadCoversProject - (I know it looks like three words but its not).
TAG IT: DeadCoversProject
we love seeing them here, but make sure you do the YouTube/tagging thing as well if you want to be sure the folks working on the Project see it. Thanks and keep on covering!
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I love this format. Just tag it. Super. There might be more songs than these, I will see what I can manage between it all. Between watching all the others, I mean.
* Althea, 2013-11-03
* Friend Of The Devil, 2013-01-15
* Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad, 2013-01-15
* New Minglewood Blues, 2013-01-15
This is really awesome. I really wanted to make a video last year but wasn't able to. So, Im excited to be part of it this year. Last year Aaron Gibson did an amazing version of Brent Mydland's "I will take you home" which was by far my favorite of all the videos even though they were all great. But that inspired me to put a different spin on another Brent Mydland song.
I absolutely LOVE the Dead Covers Project... it just feels so good to know that this vibe has spread so far, so deep with no end in sight. Tell me Jerry would have not have loved this concept as well...
Every submission gets a big thumbs up from me.
it is really cool to see these videos!
from your account, and tag it DeadCoversProject. That way it will show up for us.
can't figure out how to upload on the gd. page. just don't see it. :(