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Bob Weir's Blue Mountain is as perfect as an album dares to be.It's brilliant on many levels and a marvel to behold.
Bob Weir's Blue Mountain is as perfect has an album dares to be. Brilliant on many levels and a marvel to behold.
Blue Mountain is nothing short of a masterpiece. It manages to transport the listener to a place when smoking cigarettes was cool and songs actually told stories. At the same time, it serves as a bookend to Bob Weir’s storied career. Many worlds have come and gone since Weir released “Ace” in 1972 and this haunting album embraces those years instead of hiding them. His mentor/brother Jerry had a fondness for the old Appalachian murder ballads and English and Irish folk songs that were turned into bluegrass tunes. Bob, from the time in his teenage years when he ran away to be a cowboy, always had an itchin' for the country/western tunes. It's obvious why it was nicknamed ”the cowboy album”, shit before Garth Brooks, this would be considered a country album. I think it's more of a "Western album". Every song takes place in a wild open land where the Marlboro man still rides and you have to get the cows to the drover before the day ends. For each song Bob morphs his voice into whatever the song needs. From the scratchy, road-weary cowboy to the sweet, Gram Parsons-esque sweet and tender lover, he slides into each song effortlessly. The musicians behind him keeps pace and supports every piece of the map he visits. Whether it's Wyoming or Montana or Heaven, Bob has one more river to cross and the band is right there with him. The final song "One More River to Cross" sounds like an elegy but I think we have more to hear from Bob. Whatever genre the media paints “Blue Mountain” into, Bob Weir and Josh Ritter wrote twelve songs that will live on forever in the same vein as any of the previous Grateful Dead material.
Josh Kaufman produced “Blue Mountain” and the stripped down format balanced with the subtle effects he graces Bob's voice with serves these tunes best. Bobby’s aged voice mixed with the sophisticated lyrics literally brought a tear to my eye and made my heart ache as he sings about life, love and death. In “Whatever happened to Rosie”, Bobby paints a picture of a love lost like only he can with lyrics that every man can identify with, as we all have had a “Rosie”. I would break the songs down but there is not a filler song on “Blue Mountain” and I would bet a few amazing tracks did not make the final cut. Every song not only is worth your time but is an instant classic. “One More River To Cross” is the final tune and a consummate way to end this profound record. The whole album deals with heavy topics but hearing Bobby singing about his mortality openly and beautifully makes one pause and wonder if this is his last studio album. I hope it is not, but it would serve as a golden bookend to a magical career and many of the songs are written in this fashion. This is his first album made up of all new material in over thirty years and it was worth the wait. It's not often we get timeless albums in this musical climate. But “Blue Mountain” is a marvel to behold and like a good bottle of Pinot Noir it will only get better with age.
Weir had an all star band in the studio backing him including such talent as Joe Russo, Steve Kimock, Jon Shaw and Ray Rizzo. The Brooklyn pop-trio band, The Bandana Splits provide dazzling back up vocals that add depth on many tracks.” Blue Mountain” will be released September 30th and can be pre ordered in both CD and Download formats. A vinyl package will be offfered shortly. An album this good comes along about every thirty years it's just not usually the same artist. 4.5 out of 5
Tour has just begun and I fear in a month Dead and Company could be done. An editorial by Kevin Long Image created by Van Rapp I take absolute no pleasure in writing anything negative about the one true love of my life. I don't do it to lessen anybody’s experience, I am just one person who has perspective and passion. But, Houston we have a problem. I realize they are only two shows in and it's been an emotional week for the band. I am such a fanatic that I gave both shows good reviews because buzzed, excited and in all good company I heard what I wanted to. Upon further review, I have listened to both nights a few times sober and they are less than stellar. In fact, they are a train wreck with moments of the morphine you get after the metaphorical crash. To be blunt, they sound like the band we all were afraid of when we first learned of Mayer’s involvement. I was worried about John being tired after his demanding schedule. It’s much more than fatigue, he has lost his chops al…
Amazon Announces the cast for their Upcoming Grateful Dead T.V. Show.
This was my April Fool's Joke!
Amazon just released the cast members that will play the Grateful Dead band members in their upcoming show about the band's life. I am not an acting coach but I must admit there are more than a few head scratchers. Before we announce the cast, one odd moment actually delayed the production team from casting the respective roles of the show. When executive producer and GD member Bobby Weir insisted on playing Jerry Garcia. The uncomfortable week of dealing with this unrealistic request came to an end when Bill Walton pointed out to Bobby that he has in fact been playing that role already since Jerry untimely death in 1995. One thing Bob was adamant about was picking the actor to play him. He insisted on 80's child star Corey Feldman, Bobby was quoted of saying "Just watch "Dream a Little Dream" 1 threw 6 if you think he does not have the chee…
S.C.I played a private party for the Koch Brothers How many showers they took afterwards is speculation at this point. Photo from S.C.I FB fan page Wow! Grateful Music has always tried to avoid politics, so I am just going to report the unkangfirmed setlist. I know we all have to eat, but damn! Setlist 1: LFB LOST> BOOGIE ON PLANET WANNA DANCE BEST FEELING> GLORY CHORDS COULD YOU BE LOVED 2: TEXAS FALLIN THRU THE CRACKS JOYFUL> CBS Rivertrance NAIVE> SHINE Encore Ramble On