Nashville’s Jaime Wyatt has released her cover of The Grateful Dead’s iconic song “Althea” today as a way to connect with her late father and reflect on the innumerable times she attended Grateful Dead’s shows as a child. Wyatt’s “Althea” is soulful, sultry, and evokes Al Green, all while honoring the song’s original groove and sound. Produced and featuring guitar licks by Adrian Quesada of The Black Pumas, Wyatt embraces “Althea” in a more soulful light. Listen to her reimagining of “Althea” here: http://newwst.com/altheaPR
While growing up, she watched Bob Weir, one of the founding members of The Grateful Dead and a longtime friend of her father, drink wine and jam out together in their living room. “Getting back into The Dead, and finally learning their catalog, began as a way to connect to my late father,” explains Wyatt. Then, after the bond of Wyatt and her manager, Don Strasburg, formed around their mutual love of the band, Wyatt knew she had to cover one of their songs.
“We had great renditions of ‘Loser’ and ‘Friend of the Devil’ on the road, but after much searching, I decided, ‘I'm an Althea Guy,’” Wyatt explains. The Grateful Dead’s “Althea” stood out in particular, because according to Wyatt, “it’s such a sexy and soulful song.”
“I was always taken with the lyrics and it has been quite satisfying and cathartic to sing the lines, ‘Self-centered to the extreme.’ The story feels like turmoil, confusion and conspiracy, a sentiment which is universal to us humans, but if you've ever been on drugs or been addicted to a person, you really understand these words.” Wyatt continues.
“Althea” is just one of many cathartic songs off of Wyatt’s forthcoming Adrian Quesada-produced album, Feel Good, out November 3rd via New West Records. Already, she has released singles from the album, including “World Worth Keeping” and “Love Is A Place” which have received praise from Billboard, Spin, No Depression, American Songwriter, Original Rock, and more.
Read Wyatt’s interview about taking a stand for LGBTQ+ rights in her hometown and more here with Billboard: https://www.billboard.com/music/country/jaime-wyatt-world-worth-keeping…
And get a glimpse of Jaime reveling in the freedom of her LGBTQ+ identity “Love Is A Place” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGDBcNu5LIQ
2023 has been a milestone year for Jaime Wyatt. In addition to making major touring strides this year, debuting at Stagecoach, Newport Folk, and being added to the Dead Ahead and ACL lineups, Jaime’s been turning heads at radio with Feel Good lead single “World Worth Keeping” and touring with ZZ Ward. Revisit “World Worth Keeping” here see tour dates below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6iNUQa8s_Y
Jaime Wyatt Tour Dates
10/6/2023 @ Rebels & Renegades Fest - Monterey, CA
10/7/2023 @ Recovery Jam - Isles of Palms, SC
10/13/2023 @ ACL Festival - Austin, TX
11/10/2023 @ Orville Peck Rodeo 2023 - Pioneertown, CA
12/15/2023 @ Ball Arena - Denver, CO w/Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Mt. Joy
1/12/2024 @ Dead Ahead Fest 2024 - Cancun, MX