Grateful Dead

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.

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Questions going further...

But seriously.. I think many of us would like to hear an admission from the powers that be that the "contest" as it were (yes, there were prizes.. being among the ten featured / recognition IS a HUGE prize) is NOT based purely on talent and musical ability and interpretations of the Dead tunes, but more on how many "Likes" the band can get on Youtube. So, if one band had a techie in the group, or a huge supply of devotees that could spend 4th dimensional resources campaiging to harvest Likes into the multi thousands, that band would be more likely to achieve the pinnacle of recognition. ...whether or not there was another band that had a version of the same song that blew it away (vocally, instrumentally, etc) but had few Likes, perhaps owing to having started out late in the game, or being technologically challenged, yet managing to post by the deadline, thinking some panel of human judges would be viewing all the ones that were shared (at least on Dead.net's BB bulletin board with a link to the song on their YouTube channel).

The reason I feel it is important to be answered (not just for myself but for all the participants) is that going forward, what can we expect for next year? Obviously all of us who entered will be keeping our entries up on YouTube. So for next year, do we simply resubmit them through this portal, on this BB, to say "hey, check out this one!", or must we record new ones, and if we are using existing ones from this year, how will the # of accumulated Likes figure in at that point? From what I've read both on the BB and on various participating artists' YouTube pages and comments, is that many of us jumped through hoops to get submissions up by he deadline, but it amounted to naught, and not due to lack of talent either. When the contest was announced, the challenge was "Do you have what it takes to cover the Dead", and not "do you have what it takes to make your video go viral and have more people "Like" it.

Important concerns, IMHO.

That having been said, I was extremely impressed with some of the top featured choices. My favorites were Brandon McCoy, Aaron Gibson, Jugtown Pirates, & Packy Lundholm, not necessarily in that order, and would like to congratulate them (as well as the others) for achieving this distinction.

I'm also curious as to what extent if any, the members of the Dead and their repsoective offshoot groups see or have any input into what songs "made the grade" (ie the featured list).

Thanks in advance for your response. - Mark The Harper

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Aha!

So that's why I never wear a watch!

This was a really cool event/project/thingie and I didn't really see it as a beauty pageant in the traditional sense. More like a mass celebration. I had intended to post a submission myself but limited access to requisite technology proved to be too much to overcome. Well, that and actually getting a take that I was prepared to have hung out in perpetuity. May still post one up if I can just for the halibut...

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Thanks for all the tunes!

Great project, thanks to organizers and all the wonderful players. Gives me faith that the music really will never stop.

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Thanks for all the tunes!

Great project, thanks to organizers and all the wonderful players. Gives me faith that the music really will never stop.

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Thanks for all the tunes!

Great project, thanks to organizers and all the wonderful players. Gives me faith that the music really will never stop.

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Thanks for all the tunes!

Great project, thanks to organizers and all the wonderful players. Gives me faith that the music really will never stop.

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Thanks for all the tunes!

Great project, thanks to organizers and all the wonderful players.

Tallmarc

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Some covers from Australia

Hi all,
I enjoyed this project. It motivated me to at least try a version of mountains of the moon:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaN-rGHe8DE&feature=plcp&context=C35e788cUDOEgsToPDskKjY5e7J6enQcCabJ9wj-iS

I also enjoyed so much, seeing a lot of others videos, and the ways they had adapted the songs, whilst remaining within the spirit of the Grateful Dead. It's a little lonely being an Aussie deadhead, so it was nice to see how there is a community of diverse people in the states, who, despite having different musical backgrounds and stylings, reference the Grateful Dead, and their great but under recognised song catalog.

Finally, a couple of other Dead Cover covers from me:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgAEjlvUAyQ&feature=plcp&context=C344ce00UDOEgsToPDskIvtsk-dMiu2z97KLNyw_RA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8Gbvi95I34&feature=plcp&context=C37008aeUDOEgsToPDskI1CAh8MqvlDL_QKssGEW33

Sorry the URLs are so long.

Keep the trip going.

Mike Webster.

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Ziphler...

I agree with some or your points (and I am not a person who had a vote in selecting videos--I was always recommending stuff on my own), but I think maybe you're overstating the competition side. Yes, there was a certain ranking and choices made in that regard, but it was never really presented as being a "contest" or suggested there was some grand prize at the end. At least I never read it that way. It's more like on NPR's "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" where winning and points are really an afterthought and the game itself is the fun. Yes, I would have liked to see videos I championed get even more exposure., but for me, as a fan first, the joy of the whole thing was going in every couple of days and digging through the new pile and discovering gems on my own.

Anyway, I guess what I'm saying is don't take any of this too seriously. It was always meant to be a fun exercise and I think it definitely succeeded on that level. And I think it's safe to say it FAR exceeded anyone's expectations. I'm sure there will be tweaks along the way. And there's always room for improvement!

I salute anyone who posted a video and anyone who watched one!

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THANK YOU to All Staff &

THANK YOU to All Staff & Coordinators who coordinated
DEAD COVERS PROJECT...!

It was Sooooo MUCH FUN!
I made so many new friends & family.... in my heart everyone who had the
inspiration to actually learn & perform these songs made this the best...
I loved listening to everyone's version of all my favorite songs....!

We are such a blessed community / Nation of people bonded by the greatest
everloving vibes & music created in our lifetime.....MUCHOS GARCIAS.....!!!!!!
http://youtu.be/hRFbT5LxZs4

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