GREG ANTON & FRIENDS’ STARFIRE HONORS A LEGEND WHILE BECOMING AN INSTANT COLLECTOR’S ITEM FOR VINYL ENTHUSIASTS
Starfire beautifully captures a night of musical tribute to the passing of Greg Anton’s closest friend from childhood, Marty Levine, who in the 1990s created the Blue Star Cafe, a music venue in Hartford, Connecticut, which presented Anton (and Steve Kimock’s) band Zero as well as acts like Taj Mahal and the Duke Ellington Orchestra.
When one first hears Zero, whether it was back in the 80’s or last fall, the immediate thought is, “How have I never heard about these guys?” And then considering the next thing you’ll want to do is share it with a friend, you’ll once again wonder, “How have I never heard about these guys?” Regardless of whether you haven’t heard of them, or haven’t spread their music to your friends enough, with the release of Naught Again, there is no better time than now to dive into the ocean of phenomenal music that is Zero.
Early in 1980, Steve Kimock joined former Grateful Dead members Keith and Donna Jean Godchaux’s Heart of Gold Band, which already happened to have Greg Anton as its drummer. Keith fell victim to a car accident and the Heart of Gold Band went away, but the connection that Greg and Steve shared has endured. The duo immediately recorded an album of new music which would be released decades later, then started a band. Having gone through many, many names, Greg asked Steve how many were left on the list to consider: “Zero” wa
Today would be Robert Hunter’s 80th birthday...we wish he were here to celebrate it with us.
We’re offering this previously unreleased recording for free download starting today, June 23, as a tribute to Hunter’s legacy as one of America’s greatest songwriters.
The song is unusual lyrically, with its classic Robert Hunter verses and contrasting emotive, plaintiff choruses. A love ballad of the highest order.
I’ve been disappointed a lot. I probably received more than my fair share with my dad being a big offender. He not only paved the way in modeling disappointments but has continuously failed me. (Even though my dad is really lame, if I were to rank the worst, the boyfriend who took his life in my bathroom would get the coveted spot as the number one letdown. I guess it’s always great to be a winner at something.
Maria Muldaur to join The Garcia Project for a special recreation concert of a classic show from the 1978 “Cats Under The Stars” Jerry Garcia Band tour. Maria Muldaur (vocals) will be singing with The Garcia Project’s Kat Walkerson, Mik Bondy (guitar), Dan Crea (bass guitar) and Caroline Killoh (piano) with Greg Anton on drums.
This very rare, political song written more than a decade ago by Grateful Dead Lyricist Robert Hunter, was finally unearthed and recorded in 2020. The words eloquently paint a picture of today’s America. This is truly a song for our times.
Greg Anton (drums) and Scott Guberman (keyboards) met a few years back when Scott relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area. Guberman loves Robert Hunter’s lyrics and reached out to Anton to see if he had any unfinished songs with Hunter lyrics. Anton has co-written 33 songs with Hunter and had a couple that had not been properly recorded, so Anton and Guberman started writing together.
Last weekend, the legendary jam band Zero concluded a prolific 35th anniversary run aptly named “Back to Zero.” Core members Steve Kimock, Greg Anton, Pete Sears, Melvin Seals, and Hadi Al-Saddoon were joined by friends and family for an invigorating reunion that pleased newer fans and decade-spanning devotees alike.
This incarnation of the band, which was established in the early 1980s, included Melvin Seals (keyboards), Pete Sears (bass, backing vocals), Hadi Al-Saadoon (trumpet, backing vocals), and Sebastian Saint James (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), with Miles Kimock contributing additional guitar passages in the second set. Steve Kimock had worked with Seals and Sears in the recent past, and with Al-Saadoon in Zero’s early days. Saint James, who was new to the Zero fold, gelled well with the group.