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Issue No. 39, June 2015

To download the complete issue, click HERE First, let me just say that I have never had so much fun putting together an issue of Modern Acoustic! I want to offer a huge thanks to everyone who participated. It’s hard enough to put pen to paper for any reason. And when someone asks you to […]

Furthur, more or less

Returning to the scene of the Dead 30 years later I went back with some misgivings – no Jerry Garcia will do that to even the most ardent of Deadheads. I’d seen the video clips, heard Bob Weir and Phil Lesh’s vocals on those Jerry songs we hold sacred. Was that a keyboard part where […]

The long and winding road

The road to where I am now musically is one that took many twists and turns. I can pinpoint 1976, the bicentennial year, and all I can remember is Three Dog Night songs were all over AM radio. I knew all the words to “Shambala,” “One,” and “Joy to the World.” In high school (I […]

Miles Davis and the Grateful Dead, April 1970

  I recently came across a new posting on Wolfgang’s Vault of an old recording of a Miles Davis concert from 1970 at Fillmore West in San Francisco. The concert was one of a series of dates from April 9-12 where Miles and his electric band opened for the Grateful Dead. The recording (available at […]

>Lyrically Speaking: Mission in the Rain

>   “Mission in the Rain” is my favorite Jerry-penned Grateful Dead song…  That’s how I was going to start this Lyrically Speaking entry. But I could just hear in my head Deadheads everywhere grumbling and huffing and puffing, and decided just to get the disclaimer* out of the way, right up top, to help ease their […]

>Blast from the Past: Sunshine Daydreamin’ from March 2010

> This is a double Blast From the Past: Not only is it reprinted from an earlier issue this year (No. 28; the Two Stages of Jackie Greene; click HERE), but it also takes us way back to the early ’80s when I was pretty much a Deadhead college student, going to shows near and […]

>Decemberists cover the Grateful Dead

> Two of my favorite bands come together in this cool cover by the Decemberists of the Grateful Dead’s “Row Jimmy Row.” Not much more needs to be said…You can download it HEREListen to it below Decemberists – Row Jimmy (Grateful Dead cover) by jp917

>The Two Stages of Jackie Greene

>When Jackie Greene and his band played Boston recently, he strolled on stage at the Paradise Rock Club in front of an intimate, but enthusiastic crowd of about 500 who came to hear his songs such as “Animal” and “Like a Ball and Chain.” • He could just as easily be back this summer or […]

>Feeling a little nostalgic

>As usual, things come in bunches. Today it’s nostalgia. Yesterday, my wife had my son download some cuts from the band Yes from iTunes. “Roundabout,” “Long Distance Runaround,” etc, songs I hadn’t listened to since about 1983. OK, fine. They had their place in our stoned-teen existence, and it actually was pretty cool to hear […]