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Various Artists: Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia

Track List

>Wheel/Uncle John's Band, The - Communion/Phil Lesh
>Get Out of My Life Woman - Allen Toussaint
>Shady Grove - David Grisman
>(I'm a ) Road Runner - Peter Frampton
>Deal - Buddy Miller
>Sugaree - Jorma Kaukonen
>Harder They Come, The - Jimmy Cliff/Mickey Hart/Bill Kreutzmann
>Fire on the Mountain - Jimmy Cliff/Mickey Hart/Bill Kreutzmann/Bob Weir
>Help on the Way/Slipknot: Franklin's Tower - Billy & The Kids/Bill Kreutzmann
>Scarlet Begonias/I Know You Rider - Billy & The Kids/The Disco Biscuits/Bill Kreutzmann
>Loser - moe.
>St. Stephen - O.A.R.
>Bertha - Los Lobos/Bob Weir
>Brown-Eyed Women - Trampled by Turtles
>Shakedown Street - Yonder Mountain String Band
>Friend of the Devil - Bob Weir/Grace Potter
>Tennessee Jed - Eric Church
>Morning Dew - Widespread Panic
>Touch of Grey - Mickey Hart/Bill Kreutzmann/Bob Weir
>Ripple - Full Ensemble

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Ostensibly a tribute to one Jerome Garcia, this May 2015 show in Maryland's Merriweather Post Pavilion also celebrates the greater jam-band community, both musicians and audience, that keep the leading-averse bandleader's increasingly codified but mostly inquisitive spirit alive."

Album Notes

Tributee: Jerry Garcia.

Personnel: Audley Freed, Buddy Miller (guitar); Russell Pahl (pedal steel guitar); Sam Bush (mandolin, violin); Matthew Rollings (accordion, Hammond b-3 organ, keyboards); Raymond Weber (drums); Alfreda McCrary, Ann McCrary, Regina McCrary (background vocals).

Audio Mixer: Ben Fowler.

Recording information: Merriweather Post Pavilon, Columbia, MD (05/14/2015).

Director: Conor McAnally.

Editor: Robert Rauffer.

Photographer: Joshua Timmermans.

Released on DVD/BluRay as well as a double-CD set, Dear Jerry captures a tribute concert to Jerry Garcia held on May 14, 2015 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. Every surviving member of the Dead appeared -- usually separately, although all but Phil Lesh showed up for "Touch of Grey" -- along with a few peers (David Grisman, Jorma Kaukonen), fellow travelers (Allen Toussaint, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Frampton), and acolytes (Los Lobos, Buddy Miller, Moe, Widespread Panic). Although the presence of Eric Church on an ambling, defiant "Tennessee Jed" serves as something as a surprise, most of Dear Jerry is pleasingly familiar, in both sound and sensibility, hitting most of the major songs in its 20 tracks. While there are a few standouts -- that Church number, Toussaint playing his own "Get Out of My Life Woman" with elegant insouciance, a sly "Deal" from Miller, a rampaging "Bertha" from Los Lobos and Bob Weir -- the most gratifying thing about Dear Jerry is how it touches upon bluegrass, rock, folk, blues, and R&B, all of the major elements of Garcia's style, without ever making much of a fuss about it. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine



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