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Jesse McReynolds - Songs Of The Grateful Dead

By Mandolin Cafe
October 19, 2010 - 8:30 am

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Jesse McReynolds - Songs Of The Grateful Dead

Jesse McReynolds - Songs Of The Grateful Dead

Jesse McReynolds' newest project, Songs Of The Grateful Dead, is a tribute to Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter and includes Jesse on lead vocals and mandolin, David Nelson on electric guitar and vocals, Stu Allen on guitar, Sandy Rothman on banjo, Randy Brown on bass, Shawn Apple on drums, Tommy White on steel guitar, Steve Thomas on fiddle, guitar, and keyboard, and others.

Black Muddy River
The Wheel
Bird Song
Franklin's Tower
Standing on the Moon
Fire on the Mountain
Stella Blue
Deep Elem Blues
Alabama Getaway
Day by Day

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November 15, 2010 12:50 PM
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
September 07, 2013 10:05 AM
Celebrating the third anniversary today of this remarkable album from a true bluegrass mandolin legend.

September 07, 2013 11:11 AM
The way Jesse cross-picks he was a twirler from way back!
September 08, 2013 10:59 AM
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.

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