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Seen any of the boys (or Donna Jean!) lately in the press? on TV? in the movies? Post the info here!

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cool radio broadcast from England re Donna Jean

Is going on now-Donna is features

http://wickedspinsradio.org/wsr2012/chat-and-listen/

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Properlsomething...

Thanks for the comments, I've sent them on to our new favorite British radio host...her commenst back are,
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Amazing thank you - not sure how much of that I can cover this week, but the thing is I do come back to stuff and go further into things."

Again, that link to her radio broadcast featuring Donna Jean (and others) is
Every Thursday 9-11pm GMT
tune in via wickedspinsradio.org

That's 4 PM central, your results may vary...keep in mind...

Objects is mirror may be closer than you think...

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Example

I would point you to this CC - amazing (this is the first one that comes to my mind)
https://archive.org/details/gd1976-06-19.aud.digitalrbb.miller.111875.flac16

Sorry Geo for not taking it seriously - it has been a running gag with rrrrrrrrrrrrgrrrrrrrrrrrr and I...peace

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Sorry - I had that built up

Really rrrrrrrgrrrr summed it up well. Really she was tough to listen to at first, I mean not only was she thrown into the part in Playin' but she also (may have been) a key factor in Greatest Story, but again, she either approached it like Playin' with loud caterwauling. In my opinion, there were two factors playing with her - first she hadn't figured out the singing styles of either Jerry or Bobby and just plain blew the house down; Jerry never stood a chance. Second, the levels were pretty crap till around '76 when Bear finally seemed to have the early spiders in the electronics system worked out and his new invention of monitors and stereo concerts (not on a venue PA) was running like a top.

That said, to maybe add to what rrrrrrrrgrrrrrrrr said I would draw your attention to '76, where she completely changed Cosmic Charlie...before it was this loopy kinda bouncy song that the tempo varied considerably from one playing to the next, then DJ turned it into this beautiful opus. Look at her June '76 run with it...amazing how she harmonized with the guys and turned this song that was choppy and all over the place, to this magnificent ballad with an upper range that it never knew and needed (imo). Symphonic and magnificent - it was at this point that I changed my opinion from "I hope Donna isn't going to sing tonight" to "I hope DJ burns the house down like she did the night before."

Let's not even talk about her work with the JGB...Jerry kept her around for a reason. She had/has a range that most other professional singers would kill for...she just needed to reign herself in and blend with the others...

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To Donna question...

Early Donna, Playin' she joined as the song was being worked out and by 77 it was often a 30 minute monster...that's all I got, it was mostly filler until she felt comfortable around Mars Hotel time....

You ain't woman enough to take my man? But it ain't Dead...

Anyone anyone Beuller?

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Donna Jean featured on the radio tonite

I should have asked, "Anyone have a constructive comment to answer Juliet's question?"

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re: DJ on the radio tonite

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
(f-you Eva Braun)

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Donna Jean featured on the radio tonite

Hi all-

We have British radio host doing a feature on Donna Jean this afternoon/evening.

The show is called Bird on a Wire, and is about Female musicians. Juliet Bowbrick is the host, and she reached out to dead.net two days ago for some insight on Donna.

Here are details:
Bird on the Wire
Every Thursday 9-11pm GMT
tune in via wickedspinsradio.org
To chat: just login with a name no need for password
Web page bird.co.uk

Also, she reached out this morning with some details, as follows:

"Ok so I went with the live version of St Stephen and I have mixed that with an interview she did about hearing the Dead for the first time - it is just a 5 minute stint, and each week I try and find a woman in music who has spoken of her experiences and mix that in with a song, so if you do listen don't be pissed off that the song is cut with talking!!

I will play more of them as, as I mentioned, I am a newbie.

What I would be interested to know is what you'd consider their heaviest (preferably early) song with Donna on them or did her time with them herald a different style?"

Anyone care to comment?

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Covers Galore

Here's a piece that I wrote for the Cover Me blog highlighting a selection of the band's covers. Enjoy!!

http://www.covermesongs.com/2015/03/in-the-spotlight-the-grateful-dead.html

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GD is so underrated

Good point Far-L. Apart from Touch of Grey Buzz in the late 80s, GD has never been really recognized by main stream society. That might be kind of the point, or just how us Deadheads and the Band want it. But as years go by, I can see GD being recognized more and more for being ahead of their time and being major contributors to all sorts of things, both musically, socially, and more.
That would be interesting to see GD stuff on Idol. I'm sure they would Cheese the sh#t out of it, but hell, it could be amusing!

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