Some years back, former Grateful Dead vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux MacKay made a remarkable discovery in the storage of the family houseboat. Boxes of reels taped by legendary recording technician Betty Cantor-Jackson. The Grateful Dead tapes were the first to be dusted off, restored, and ultimately released for the enjoyment of all. Recently Donna Jean found yet another box consisting of all Jerry Garcia Band reels.
The decline of 1970's Grateful Dead piano player Keith Godchaux was sad but not entirely unexpected. The hardships of the never-ending grueling tour and travel schedule (that had always been for The Dead) had taken its toll on Keith and his wife Donna Jean Godchaux, a talented Muscle Sholes-alum vocalist. It was Donna who introduced Keith to Jerry Garcia in 1971 after a Dead show they had attended.
The Jake Peavy Foundation, in partnership with the Rex Foundation, is excited to announce the addition of very special guest, Phil Lesh for upcoming benefit concert, Can’t Stop The Train––A Tribute to Jerry Garcia, happening Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 9 p.m. at the Fillmore Auditorium.
Dead & Company visited the Sleep Train Amphitheater in Chula Vista, CA on Wednesday (7/27/16), which marked their final Southern California stop and their last performance ahead of the tour closing shows in Wheatland, CA (Fri 7/29/16) and tonight at the fabled Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA (Sat 7/30/16). The excitement of the fans in the hours leading up to the show was palpable, if not audible, as the p
On August 19, Round Records & ATO Records will release the two-disc GarciaLive Volume Seven: November 8th, 1976 – Jerry Garcia Band, a previously unreleased and uncirculated performance recorded at Sophie’s in Palo Alto, CA. The original reels, along with several other recordings, which have come to be known as the “Houseboat Tapes,” were only recently discovered by former Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux.
Aloha from Honolulu! If you are in need of a little island breeze this summer, look no further than Dave's Picks Volume 19: Honolulu, HI, January 23,1970. Our very first release from Hawaii, this one sees the Grateful Dead riding the great wave of change, with a fresh take for a career-defining new decade. Witness as they smoothly transition from the "Sound of 1969" and its chaotic psychedelia with their cohesive country-tinged, song-oriented harmonies.
While iconic guitarist and bandleader Jerry Garcia passed away nearly twenty-one years ago, his influence and high-esteem continues to mount. It’s miraculous that so many fans of the beloved guitarist and Grateful Dead bandleader never actually witnessed the legend perform. The expansiveness of his covers was equally impressive as his originals. That’s why Garcia and the Dead continue to grow their fan base, much like jazz music, there’s something ethereal about simply listening and taking in.