Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead Hour no. 65

By David Gans

Week of December 18, 1989

Shakedown Street->
Uncle John's Band (reprise)
- Grateful Dead 12/26/79 Oakland Auditorium

Oh Mommy - Brewer and Shipley, Tarkio Road
Jerry Garcia, pedal steel guitar
Transverse City - Warren Zevon, Transverse City
Jerry Garcia, electric guitar
Last Lonely Eagle - New Riders of the Purple Sage
Jerry Garcia, pedal steel; Mickey Hart, drums
Danger Man - David Bromberg, Wanted Dead or Alive
Jerry Garcia, electric guitar; Phil Lesh, bass;
Bill Kreutzmann, drums; Keith Godchaux, piano

You Win Again
Bottle Let Me Down
Why Don't You Love Me?

*Riot in Cell Block #9
**Goin' Down - Elvis Costello and Friends 4/24/89 Sweetwater, Mill Valley

* Commander Cody, lead vocal
** Sammy Hagar, lead vocal

This show opens with the brilliant double encore of 12/26/79 at the Oakland Auditorium (later released as Dick's Picks vol. 5, and then we hear four recordings by other artists featuring one or more members of the Grateful Dead.

Brewer and Shipley were famous for "One Toke Over the Line," from the same album as this track, but it wasn't Jerry playing pedal steel on the big hit. (According to Wikipedia, players on Tarkio included bassist John Kahn and drummer Bill Vitt, both of whom played with Jerry and Merl Saunders in the early '70s; Kahn played bass in Jerry's side bands for the rest of their days.)

The second half of this program is from a mono soundboard feed from the PA at the Sweetwater in Mill Valley, California. It was an anniversary party for Village Music, and Elvis and friends were the scheduled performers. The band included James Burton, the legendary lead guitarist who backed the first Elvis and Ricky Nelson (and was a member of Emmylou Harris's first Hot Band); Burton's classmate Jerry Scheff on bass; and Bay Areans Austin De Lone (keyboards) and Scott Mathews (drums). Other guest musicians included Nick Lowe, Charles Brown, Kim Wilson, Mitch Woods, Jeff Burton (James's son), Annie Sampson, Commander Cody, Sammy Hagar, Pete Sears, Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir.

I have an especially fond memory of this April '89 event: I had the privilege of introducing Elvis Costello to Jerry Garcia - and, even cooler than that, introducing Jerry to one of his heroes, James Burton.

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Thanks for listening! David Gans
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Joined: Feb 6 2008
Any one see the the DSO show

Any one see the the DSO show last Sat. at the Vic in Chicago? I was HOT

Joined: Jun 23 2007
Dead head for life

Jason Sigur Thanks David for letting all of us relive our memories of the greatest band to ever hit the stage.

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Great Mix

Great choice David. Enjoy re-listening to these gems each week. Seems that this feature and the weekly Tapers' Section are the only reasons I continue to log on to this site.


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