Week of April 3, 2017
The name David Nelson comes up often in Grateful Dead history. David was part of the early-60s folk, bluegrass and old-time scene on the San Francisco peninsula that gave birth to the Grateful Dead, and he was part of that band that called itself the Hart Valley Drifters for a short while and did that radio broadcast that was released not long ago. Nelson co-founded the New Riders of the Purple Sage, played in the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band in 1987, and has led the David Nelson Band for twenty-odd years.
Nelson took a fall a few months ago and had to have surgery on his shoulder. Since that time he's been diagnosed with a form of cancer, and he's being treated for that now. You can look for updates on his condition at nelsonband.com.
Rather than cancel a scheduled tour of Alaska in March of this year, the Nelson Band invited their old pal Bob Weir to take the trip and front the band. The repertoire included a few songs from Bobby's recent release Blue Mountain, along with a generous helping of Grateful Dead favorites.
Every Wednesday, we post a program from the Grateful Dead Hour archives for your enjoyment and enlightenment. You can browse or search the playlists at gdhour.com or on the GD Hour Search page, and let me know what program(s) you'd like to hear by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for listening!
- David Gans