Week of February 2, 1998
San Francisco keyboardist Merl Saunders was a musical partner of Jerry Garcia's starting in 1970. As you'll hear in this interview, their work together was tremendously enriching to the guitarist. The recorded output of their collaboration is quite impressive, as the discography on deaddisc.com attests.
When Jerry was recovering from his diabetic coma in 1986, it was Merl who went to his bedside every day to help him recover his musical consciousness and retrain his nerve paths.
Merl suffered a stroke in 2002 that put an end to his performing career. Complications from an infection ended his life on October 24, 2008.
This week's archival GD Hour post features an interview with Merl Saunders on the occasion of the release of Keepers. The opening track on that CD is a studio recording of "Mystery Train" featuring Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Vassar Clements and John Kahn of Old and in the Way.
Thank you for a lifetime of warm, inspiring music, Merl. It was a pleasure to know you.
Merl Saunders and Friends, Keepers
GEORGIA ON MY MIND
GEE, BABY, AIN'T I GOOD TO YOU?
Merl Saunders Live: Still Having Fun
Merl Saunders, Fiesta Amazonica AYAHUASCA ZONE
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