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Jerry Garcia

Those of you who have never eaten Ben & Jerry's ice cream nor swapped cassette tapes should know that Jerry Garcia was the singer and spokesman for the Grateful Dead, one of the seminally psychedelic San Francisco rock 'n' roll bands that lasted from the mid-1960s to the mid-'90s. During the '70s, he released material under the moniker of the Jerry Garcia Band, as well. In the "other" band featuring Garcia's jazzy playing, the extended, snaky and instantly recognizable solos still took place -- only within a more focused context. With many covers in his repertoire, including songs by Bob Dylan and James Taylor, Garcia was able to stretch out and have fun, resulting in a soulful sound that mixed in bits of funk, folk and bluegrass. Adding to the rootsy feeling was a group of backing singers who created a '60s R&B vibe, offering sharp contrast to the Grateful Dead's broad, spaced-out jamming. Garcia also fronted a folkie bluegrass band by the name of Old & in the Way, releasing some impressive solo material before his death in 1995. His peaceful, gentle vocal inflections were easy on the ears, especially when he was singing watery harmonies. Garcia's innovative guitar playing consist... See More

Jerry Garcia Concert Films

  • Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia

    Various Artists

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 2 hr 34 min

    The two and half hour concert film audio recordings feature over 20 once-in-a-lifetime performances honoring Jerry Garcia. Performers include Phil Lesh & Communion, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann's Billy & the Kids, Mickey Hart, Eric Church, Jimmy Cliff, The Disco Biscuits, Peter Frampton, David Grisman, Jorma Kaukonen, Los Lobos, Buddy Miller, Moe., O.A.R., Grace Potter, Allen Toussaint, Trampled By Turtles, Widespread Panic, and Yonder Mountain String Band. Produced by Blackbird Presents

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