Hard Truckers™ is the organization of sound specialists whose varied experience stems from the roots of the San Francisco Bay Area rock scene. We designed and built the Grateful Dead’s Wall of Sound and toured the United States with our semi-trucks packed with our speakers.
The Hard Truckers embodied the glorious sound and legendary performing history of the Grateful Dead. We are proud to announce a reborn Hard Truckers Company. The new Hard Truckers Company is formed by founding members of the Grateful Dead Crew; Steve Parish and Joe Winslow. The original co-founders are joined by their Organization of Sound Specialists; CEO Glenn Goldstein, Master Woodworker Jon Fiant and a talented crew of woodworkers, engineers, artists and craftsmen.
Using new materials of the highest sound quality and new ideas the Hard Truckers are breaking new paths in sound and stage performance. With deep roots in the sound legacy of the Wall of Sound; the Hard Truckers pay tribute, in performance and craftsmanship, to this legendary performing history.
Born on September 29th, 1948 in Pendleton Oregon, Joe made his way down to the Bay Area to visit three of his friends that were working with the Grateful Dead. There he met Steve Parish who had just finished working with Quicksilver Messenger Service. After deciding to stay in San Francisco, he got on with the Dead by driving a truck for them which eventually led to working along side with the sound crew engineers. Over time Joe got heavily involved with designing speaker cabinets. One of the original co-founders of the Hard Truckers’, Joe spent his life doing the things he loves.
Steve Parish was never one to walk the straight and narrow, even during his childhood growing up in Flushing Meadows, Queens. Busted as a teenager for selling acid in the summer of 1968, Parish landed in Riker’s Island. The experience changed him, and after he was released he did his best to stay out of trouble, securing a job moving music equipment at the New York State Pavilion. The first show he worked was a Grateful Dead concert in July 1969, and Parish was captivated by the music. His life, seemingly headed nowhere, suddenly found its calling as he fell in quickly with this band of like-minded misfits who formed the nucleus of what would be the greatest road crew in rock ‘n roll history.
Ive read Phil's book, Ive read Rock's book, Ive read Steve's book etc... I would love to have a book put out by Joe and would love to hear about his experiences with the band. Hope something like that is in the works. Without you guys, my summers up and down the California coast would have been for not.
from Bob Morrissey: what ever happened to Sonny Heard. I think he was from Penelton OR also.
Visited with Skully many years ago in Lahaina and I think he said he had died, Any info on that?
died about 1982, in Hermiston, Or. (town next to Pendleton). Think it was Bobby who announced it @ the Greek. Never heard the one about Parish working for Quicksilver. Thought the band met him @ the Capital Theatre. The Oregon boys grew up together from childhood, except Hagen & Joe were from Pendleton
Bob M: in the mid 70's used to hang with Sonny a lil' bit in Fairfax. Met him through my old friend Bobby Petersen at Nave's bar...I think Rock told me in the early 90's he had been shot, but I was feeling so low after he told me about about Bobby's death...a side note: seven years ago I worked as an OTR truck driver out of Hermiston....take care
pendleton and hermiston are fairly close.however,the death of one of our family is always shocking.love u all.
Bobby says "Bye Sonny" at the 7/15/84 Greek show: http://archive.org/details/gd84-07-15.sbd.ferguson.355.sbeok.shnf
It's at the beginning of Brokedown Palace.