Jerry Garcia, the leader of the Grateful Dead, died almost fifteen years ago but his fans are still carrying on the traditions of music and lifestyle that he and his band have come to stand for, for better and worse. Born on August 1st, died on August 9th, the month of August has become the time for celebrations and festivals in his name all over the place (There’s one here in Columbia, SC on Saturday, Jerryfest, featuring a lineup of like-minded local bands.), so in honor of the upcoming Month of Jerry, here are a few of my favorite songs from him:
“Fire on the Mountain”, this one’s from 1987 with Santana, Mickey Hart, Baba Olatunji, and more:
“Tangled Up In Blue”, a 12-minute version from the Jerry Garcia Band:
“Uncle John’s Band” in a vintage 1970 performance, video’s shaky but it sounds great:
To truly get the effect of a Dead show, you really have to be there, but if you expand the description in this next one there are links to all the songs from a single 1986 concert, about the same time I saw them here in South Carolina for the first and only time (Halloween night, even…).