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Kickstarter Campaigns, Are some bands getting greedy? Damn Right! An editorial by Kevin Long

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Kickstarter Campaigns, Are some bands getting greedy? Damn Right! An editorial by Kevin Long

   I would like to begin that this piece is not aimed at any particular band or project. When is a band to popular to hit up their fans for money to create new music? I am not 100% sure, but it's similar to pornography because I know it when I see it. Did you know you can pledge your cash to help Zappa sue his mom. I got enough drama in my family with me in it. My pledged money is all about helping a young band afford a new release by investing in their art. I thought the idea of Kickstarter was to help musicians that need it. For instance, help young bands raise funds to aid them in their endeavor of being musicians. Another lofty endeavor is helping musicians like Steve Kimock or Alvin Youngblood Hart make an album that will last a lifetime. It's different when you see a virtuoso like Kimock in the South several times for 15 dollars and there is literally 25 people and he still plays …

Phil Lesh had high praise for Dead and Company in a new interview with Rolling Stone

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Phil Lesh had high praise for Dead and Company in a new interview with Rolling Stone. 
    Phil Lesh is the only member of the core four that is not a member of Dead and Company. The "Fare Thee Well" show that celebrated 50 years of the Grateful Dead with Phish's Trey Anastasio on lead guitar turned into "Fare Thee Phil" when Bobby, Mickey and Billy started "Dead and Company" shortly after the amazing run in Chicago. John Mayer has surpassed most fans expectations as lead guitarist. But Oteil Burbridge who fills in for Phil Lesh on the bass has become the sorcerer of the band. He wields the magic and disperses throughout the music. Phil recently said "They’re bringing the music to the people just like we always wanted to do, and I commend them for it. I hope they’re having a good time.” He also added in the interview,  “I think they’re doing a great job," explaining "“It’s not something I could do myself, I’m  done with that kind of touri…

Owsley Stanley Foundation opens legendary live music vault with Box Set of rare Doc & Merle Watson recordings

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Owsley Stanley Foundation opens legendary live music vault with Box Set of rare Doc & Merle Watson recordings
Occidental, CA, May 22, 2017 - The Owsley Stanley Foundation is pleased to announce the release of Doc & Merle Watson: Never the Same Way Once – Live at the Boarding House – May 1974. “A legend recording a legend,” is how Doc Watson’s long-time bassist T. Michael Coleman describes these rare live recordings of the American bluegrass giant by counter-culture icon and concert sound pioneer Owsley Stanley (known as Bear to his family and friends).   They will be available in stores on June 23rd, but pre-release copies are shipping now if purchased at www.owsleystanleyfoundation.org.  “Bear had marked these shows as among the gems in his Sonic Journal archive, in both the quality of the performances and the quality of the sound, which is one of the reasons we chose them as the first project to develop since his passing,” said Starfinder Stanley, Owsley’s son and President o…

Bob Weir fronted an all star band last night in a private backyard. Watch the entire show and get the 411

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Bob Weir fronted an all star band last night in a private backyard. Watch the entire show and get the 411

  Last night in Mill Valley, California a slew of talent gathered in a private backyard for a benefit show for Heroes Rock. Their one goal is to help our nations veterans. Bob Weir starts the show out solo, before he is joined by Steve Kimock, Oteil Burbridge, and plenty of other musicians. Thanks to Deadheadland you can watch the entire show.  Kevin  
Video (Captured by Deadheadland Films) SetlistHeroes Rock Benefit House Concert – Mill Valley, CAWith Bob Weir, Steve Kimock, Eric Krasno, Leslie Mendelson, Nicki Bluhm, John Morgan Kimock, and Oteil Burbridge.Set: Walkin’ Blues (Bob Weir solo), Blue Mountain (BW solo), Easy to Slip (with Steve Kimock), Only A River (with SK, Otiel Burbridge & John Morgan Kimock), Happy Birthday (sung to Steve Parish), Friend of the Devil (w. SK, Leslie Mendelson & Niki Bluhm), Deep Elem Blues (w. SK, OB, JMK, LM & NB), Blue Bayou (w. SK, OB…

Umphreys McGee honored Chris Cornell with an amazing rendition of Hunger Strike. Watch the video and stream the entire performance here.

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Umphreys McGee honored Chris Cornell with an amazing rendition of Hunger Strike. Watch the video and stream the entire performance here. 
   The rock world is still shocked and in mourning over Chris Cornell's suicide shortly after his band Soundgarden played a show in Detroit on Tuesday night. Umphrey's McGee honored him in Norfolk, Virgina at The Nor Va. They paid tribute to Chris in the second set with an exceptional version of "Hunger Strike" from his supergroup Temple of the Dog. They opened the second set with "Der Bluten Kat" which bled into their debut performance of "Hunger Strike". Brandon Bayliss sang Eddie Vender's lines and drummer  Kris Meyers handled Chris Cornell's lines perfectly. They also encored the show with an emotional  "Hajimemashite > Glory > Hajimemashite". The video of Hunger Strike can be watched below and thanks to Jambase and Taper opsopcopolis you can stream this amazing show. Among other gems …

Live Nation announces a Festival Passport for one price and will get you admission to unlimited festivals. Check out all the 411

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Live Nation announces a Festival Passport for one price and will get you admission to unlimited festivals. Check out all the 411
Live Nation just went huge when it comes to announcements.  They have announced a “Festival Passport” for $799 that includes access to all of Live Nation's worldwide festivals, which includes over 90 individual events. For Festivalgoingers this is a fucking game changer. Even if the festival is sold out your passport trumps it. They go on sale May 22 and you will want to be fast because Live Nation is only selling 1000 passports. Enjoy!Here is a complete list of festival included.  Kevin Long  Austin City Limits Music Festival
Barcelona Beach Festival
Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
Camp Bisco
CBC Music Festival
Center of Gravity Festival
Chasing Summer Music Festival
Chicago Open Air
Citadel Festival
Community Festival
Contact Winter Music Festival
Copenhell
Countdown NYE
Country LakeShake
Creamfields
Creamfields Steel Yard
Crystal Coast M…

Bootsy Collins and Buckethead are making a record together and hopefully a tour will follow.

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Bootsy Collins and Buckethead are making a record together and hopefully a tour will follow. 

Bootsy Collins underwent surgery to remove a tumor that was in his ear drum this week and he already announced his next project. The famed bassist of Parliament Funkadelic plans on hurting my eardrums by making an album with Buckethead. (I joke) Although I have not been the biggest fan of Buckethead's busy playing in the past, I can't deny that he has an unlimited amount of talent. For this reason and how funky Bootsy is, this collaboration has a chance of being amazing. Bootsy's surgery went well and he is in good spirits. He is looking forward to getting his ears back. Here is his announcement on FB.     We here at Grateful Music are hoping that Bootsy continues to heal and are looking forward for this out of this world future project.  Kevin Long

Oteil hints that he will be handling lead vocals on some tunes this summer with Dead and Company

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Oteil hints that he will be handling lead vocals on some tunes this summer with Dead and Company 
    I love Dead & Company and could not be more excited about tour kicking off shortly in Las Vegas. One of my only complaints is that they don't let Oteil sing any songs. The one line in "Going Down The Road Going Bad" is not enough for his fantastic voice. Burbridge addresses this issue on Instagram,  “Scenes from Dead & Co rehearsal. Somebody might be getting to sing lead this summer…" 
   Oteil used to sing lead with The Allman Brothers on "Franklin's Tower" and other songs. He also sang recently with the Daze Between band. I believe Oteil is the straw that stirs the drink that is Dead & Company and the more responsibility he has the better the band will be. Besides another voice will be nice and is needed. Below his the audio from the Daze Between show in New Orleans.  H/T Jambase