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Oct-19-2010, 8:34am
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Jesse McReynolds - Songs Of The Grateful Dead

Jesse McReynold's newest project Songs Of The Grateful Dead is a tribute to Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter.


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Nov-15-2010, 1:50pm
Wow! I just downloaded this CD and I'm blown away! Forget that Jesse is 80 years old... His singing and playing are just PERFECT in every way and Jerry would have tears in his eyes if he could hear this fantastic homage to The Dead. Those of you who know me know that I'm not the easiest fellow to please... So believe me, I'm not kidding when I say this CD deserves a Grammy nomination. Y'all git ya one!

Scott Tichenor
Sep-07-2013, 10:05am
Celebrating the third anniversary today of this remarkable album from a true bluegrass mandolin legend.

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Sep-07-2013, 11:11am
The way Jesse cross-picks he was a twirler from way back!

Sep-08-2013, 10:59am
I saw McReynolds and his band on a Virginia Public TV produced concert series called "Song Of the Mountain". When Jesse announced that they were doing a Grateful Dead song, from that album of Dead material, there was complete silence in the auditorium (and oh, the expressions on the faces of that 'conservative' audience).

They did an OK version "Black Muddy Water" (without a banjo, if I remember correctly) but they really squared up the vocal phrasing. They did get applause after they finished it, and Jesse apologetically (as I interpreted it) said something like... "Now let's back to some bluegrass" to kick off the next tune/song (and got more applause for that line than they did for doing Black Muddy Water, which imo, was the best song/performance in their set).

It was a rather sad, pathetic commentary on the genre/scene/audience. (IMO)

As far as cover versions of "Black Muddy Water", I really really liked the rendition by English folksinger Norma Waterson (first track on the 1996 Norma Waterson CD) with Richard Thompson playing lead electric guitar. http://mainlynorfolk.info/watersons/records/normawaterson.html.

Niles H