The Dead Covers Project
What a wonderful month it's been, sharing our love of the Grateful Dead through song and video! We applaud all the hard work and effort that you, the fans, put into the DEAD COVERS PROJECT, and we hope you'll continue to watch and support all the amazing participant videos on YouTube until we fire up the DEAD COVERS PROJECT again next February.
Throughout the month of April, we'll be shining our lovelight on a handful of artists that really made the grade. You'll get to know each of these five artists and find out just what made them connect with the Dead in our exclusive DEAD COVERS PROJECT profiles, but for now we'd simply like to congratulate the following participants (in no particular order)...
Now Playing In The Band...
The project may be over for 2012, but you can continue to check out some of the "Top Rated" videos that were submitted and "Like" them here.
Well they say "put up or shut up" and I've been sufficiently inspired by this vehicle to try to nudge it toward a more inclusive trajectory. So, as long as they let me get away with it, I'm gonna run my own little featured list. Who the fuck am I you may ask or more likely you've already noted my obvious self-indulgent nature. Hey, I'm an Aries and have accepted my place at the center of the universe which is why I can say to dead_naked_drummer, who by the way with such a cool name has got to be a pretty hip cat in his own right, without reservation that if there was even an inkling of truth to his declaration then we might as well kill ourselves now because there must be no flame fueling our universe.
Fortunately even dnd has to know better deep down but this diversion allows me to cheat right out of the box by presenting an entry that was never submitted to deadcoversproject (I'm not setting precedent, that occurred with the posting of son of Mickey Hart's powerhouse, saturnreturnsband) yet nevertheless ought to qualify as the oldest dead cover band in existence and while the banjo player is pretty sparky, taken in total I doubt this video would have been recognized or made it to the featured set last month. So please, like em if ya got 'em and enjoy this, the very first . . . . . . . .
By Ziph’s rules I’m thinkin any entry will be allowed to occupy up to three categories. The entry above for instance might appear in
1. Duets (but there's four. Ok,if they were a duet then)
2. No longer in circulation
3. Traditional bluegrass
I’ll work up an entire category list soon but before I beat that horse it’s time to give Cubensis a little heat and after just scratching the surface of the more than 2000 entries I have already stumbled upon a veritable gold mine of solid, performances by “Playin’ Dead” out of Boston. These guys glide right out to dnd's edge and skimboard down the other side where they are the first to be nominated in the category:
Nuts and Bolts Dead Bands
These guys have been putting in the hours, are prolific, and got what it takes to soothe a worried mind. I expect they’ll be making many of my lists as we roll down the road. Like ‘em or leave ‘em
Pretty good huh? Check out some of their other tunes; let me know your favorites. In fact, give a listen to Mr Charlie if you wanna see this southpaw in full regalia.
And this wouldn’t be political without a little mutual back scratching. I would not have found Playin’ Dead if I had not listened to PAPPYPGH’s best solo performance, a very serviceable rendition of Dupree’s Diamond Blues
PAPPYPGH has a powerful tenor voice that I suspect will really come into its own as he learns to belt it out and keep it out and he is a solid guitar technician who knows the chords and is neither tenuous nor sloppy.
And it was PAPPYPGH’s Dupree’s that led me to this larger than life version by Playin’ Dead, where they demonstrate a cool as ice execution of this silly song.
And that’s it for our first edition of Ziph’s Picks. I’m just kidding about the likes, go ahead and like what you want, we’ll be following traffic, not likes.
Two bands that come to mind have gone way over and beyond. The bands NOT THE DEAD and Punk Is Dead which posted for this 'lil experiment.
A friend of mine was listening to one of my DSO albums. She noted "they're very good but,,,they're just not as EXCITING as the Dead,,,".The same could be said of every one of these quite Dedicated musicians. The Grateful Dead were beyond expert at skating the edge. Nearly everybody else gets five feet from it and,,,no closer. It's that "edge" that makes the difference.
Sometimes, Cubensis gets within about four feet,,depending on who's performing with them.
Pennsylvania - and yeah, my screenname here is the same as YouTube. But I was only messin' withya..
www.theCAUSEjams.com is my band's website, if you're interested!
ha ha, i don't even know how to find your vids. are they posted under your youtube name and is it the same as your dead.net name? I think all dead bands do that. annual party thing. What state are you in?
I love that last post of yours. Hell yes! Collaboration is the greatest. I love playing with new players (and look at me - I'm not at all hurt that you posted one of leafcutters vids but not one of mine...hahahahaha)!!!
I am looking forward to my boss leaving so I can check out that 30 minute jam you put up!
I play a party every year that is a gathering of musicians & a bunch of our friends. It's rather small - only about 200 or so show up every year (and that's the way we like it). But it's a weekend of musical exploration. Each of our bands play, and there are several long jams with much crossover. Lots of GD tunes, original songs & other psychedelia.
I wish I had the equipment to start, or add to, a jam where one records 10 minutes or so of jamming, then mails it onto the next person and they lay a track on top of it, etc....
Could be killer.
I like the way you think and thanks for jarring my memory about Birdhouse. They brought tears to my eyes in the best Here Comes Sunshine ever and a perfectly executed video.
Now if only I could find this jam band that was playing on one of those mystic hot springs videos. They totally smoked, touched down on cumberland blues briefly then were off on intense jams. When I first visited this project ready to upload samplings from a few bands I've been in and others I'm just filming they were the first video I encountered. Once I heard them I dropped all pretense and delusion that any of my entries would place and humility is a good thing cause it allows one to stand for whats right without personal agenda. PAPPYPGH, 9 likes is better than anything I put up got but each video did garner one or two comments that were really nice and like you they made me feel pretty good. I'm listening to leafcuttermultimedia's dark star now and am impressed. everyone, check it out:
You and PAPPYPGH are about 20 years yonger than me. My decade with the dead was the 70's. I probably only saw them 10 to 20 times in the eighties and maybe 5 times in the 90's but they nevertheless completely altered the trajectory of my life. I studied Phil lesh in detail and was a technical guy so I understood what he and alembic were going for and am amazed that to this day few emulate his style even though he and alembic invented the modern bass guitar that all bass players play. I also learned to play blues, a place Lesh, oddly, never really went to.This is my entry like your dark star an out of the box jam that makes it way to part of truckin and a lame bossman but thist guitarist I had the honor of playing with still brings chills to my spine 32 years later, you'll need 30 minutes to listen to it though:
This project has the potential to bring deadhead musicians together for a collaboration big enought to spark an era that would make the dead's run look like a rehearsal. I totally agree it's not about the whining about what was, but what this could be. I don't want to race birdcage I wanna play with them or spomehow see all of us pitch in to create an ongoing event as reliable as a deadshow was to provide a really good time cause I don't know about you guys but I miss those shows. I don't much feel like waiting til dead.net's clock says quarter to february
WOODZ BAND Featuring: TIM WOODS - performing FRANKLIN'S TOWER/ DEEP ELEM BLUES.
@The Wicked Googly.
FEATURING: TIM WOODS
Friday, February 17th marked the first of what we hope will be many "Saturn Sessions" — an in-studio video / live music performance for family and friends — featuring Saturn Returns and our first special guest — singer / songwriter Taro Hart, son of Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, and a talented musician in his own right! We had about 30 folks in attendance, had a great time and shot over an hour's worth of video! More info on the sessions and how to be considered as a future guest act or band at www.saturnreturnsband.com
alrighty, just to be clear. I usually don't get sucked into online threads. But I got sucked in. I really like Brandon McCoy's Golden Road, Giving Tree Band Brown Eyed, Nicki Blum and Gambler's Deal, and Cubensis doing Sugaree. And I really liked many of the daily picks thru February, and dozens and dozens of other tunes.