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Happy 70th Birthday, Robert Hunter!

What a long, strange trip it's been indeed... June 23 marks lyricist, singer-songwriter, and poet Robert Hunter's 70th birthday. A long-time "member" of the band, Hunter first joined up with his old friend Jerry and the gang after penning the fantastical "China Cat Sunflower." He would go on to write countless lyrics for the majority of the band's original songs including the much-beloved "Dark Star," the all-time classic "Friend of the Devil," and of course, "Truckin'."

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Robert Hunter joined the Grateful Dead in the fall of 1967, when he arrived at a rehearsal just in time to write the first verse of the band's classic "Dark Star." Though he'd never play onstage, he became not only a genuine band member but its secret Ace in the hole. Though Bob Weir's words for "The Other One" would endure, most of the band's early verbal efforts would not; it was Hunter's work that would elevate their songs from ditties to rich, complete stories set to song. Hunter had fallen into the Dead's general scene in 1961 when he'd met Garcia in Palo Alto, and he'd played in several of Garcia's early bluegrass bands. But he'd always thought of himself as a writer -- probably a novelist -- and it was only in 1967 that he fulfilled his personal destiny, and enriched the Dead's. He's gone on to write several books of poetry, and is currently at work on a novel.

Robert Hunter turned 70 years old today, June 23rd, 2011.  Happy Birthday, Robert Hunter!

Jarrod Gorbel: "Ten Years Older" Video Premiere on AOL Music Blog

Jarrod Gorbel's new video for "Ten Years Older," the single off his debut solo album Devil's Made A New Friend, premiered yesterday on the AOL Music Blog. Directed by Blake Behnam and Nic Hill, the heartening clip can now also be seen here, while the soaring, soulful track can be downloaded as a free MP3 as well. Gorbel, formerly of The Honorary Title, released Devil's Made A New Friend on August 31st via Burning-house Records/Gorbel music.Having just wrapped a month-long tour with Fun and Steel Train, Gorbel began a three-week run supporting Hanson last night at the House of Blues in Dallas, TX. The tour will travel throughout the southeast, northeast, and into Canada, concluding November 23rd at Guvernment in Toronto, ON. Gorbel will also headline the Back Booth in Orlando, FL, on November 7th and Go Bar in Athens, GA, on Nov. 11th, in addition to a show at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on December 8th.

Gorbel, after releasing albums under The Honorary Title moniker since 2003, has embarked on a new career as a solo artist with Devil's Made A New Friend. The lush album is piloted by Gorbel's passionate vocals and steeped in warm arrangements, with influences that range from classic soul to traditional folk and Americana. Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Blake Sennett (of Rilo Kiley and The Elected), Devil's Made A New Friend also features guest appearances by Jason Boesel (Rilo Kiley, Mystic Valley Band), Adam McDougall (Black Crowes), Orenda Fink (Azure Ray), and Nate Wolcott (Mystic Valley Band).

Jarrod Gorbel on tour:

NOV. 2 AUSTIN, TX ANTONES*

NOV. 3 HOUSTON, TX HOUSE OF BLUES*

NOV. 5 ST. PETERSBURG, FL STATE THEATRE*

NOV. 6 FT. LAUDERDALE, FL REVOLUTION*

NOV. 7 ORLANDO, FL BACK BOOTH

NOV. 10 ATLANTA, GA VARIETY PLAYHOUSE*

NOV. 11 ATHENS, GA GO BAR

NOV. 12 CHARLOTTE, NC AMOS' SOUTHEND*

NOV. 13 BALTIMORE, MD SONAR*

NOV. 14 FALLS CHURCH, VA STATE THEATRE*

NOV. 15 NORTHAMPTON, MA CALVIN THEATRE*

NOV. 18 MONTREAL, QC CLUB SODA*

NOV. 19 STROUDSBURG, PA SHERMAN THEATER*

NOV. 20 WALLINGFORD, CT THE DOME AT OAKDALE*

NOV. 21 BURLINGTON, VT HIGHER GROUND*

NOV. 23 TORONTO, ON GUVERNMENT*

DEC. 8 MADISON, WI U. OF WISCONSIN

* supporting Hanson

The Warner Brothers Studio Albums + Dead.net exclusive

What a long, strange trip it's been! In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Workingman's Dead and American Beauty, we proudly present THE WARNER BROS. STUDIO ALBUMS, a five-LP boxed set commemorating those tremendous and transformative early years. Due September 21st, the collection contains The Grateful Dead (1967), Workingman's Dead, and American Beauty (1970), plus the original mixes for Anthem Of The Sun (1968) and Aoxomoxoa (1969), available on vinyl for the first time in nearly 40 years!

This stunning set also features detailed replicas of the original albums housed in a hard-shell case with an accompanying 12" x 12" book containing unpublished photos and new liner notes by our friend Blair Jackson. And as always, we've ensured the highest degree of quality - these albums were pressed on 180-gram vinyl at RTI using lacquers cut from the original analog masters. Now all you've got to do is gently place the needle on the record and slip into auditory bliss!

Order from Dead.net and receive an exclusive reproduction of a rare 1968 7" single (in a picture sleeve) that features the studio version of "Dark Star" (b/w "Born Cross-Eyed"), clocking in at a concise 2:38. You'll also receive a reproduction of a rare 1967 promotional poster from the Warner Bros. Records archive. The 7" and poster are yours only when you place your order at Dead.net.