Donna Jean Godchaux Band with Jeff Mattson, 3/19/11


Donna Jean Godchaux Band with Jeff Mattson
Mexicali Live
Teaneck, NJ
March 19, 2011

If Jeff Mattson’s (Dark Star Orchestra) mimicry of Jerry Garcia’s signature sound could find a home in a single Dead era, it would be the seventies. For this reason, his sound coupled with the voice of Donna Jean Godchaux-Mackay (whose Grateful Dead tenure spanned the decade of the same) possesses something that is unto itself a unique experience. 

Godchaux, whose vocal accompaniment in many ways stood out far beyond those of her male counterparts, continues to have the pipes to belt out the chants that one cannot help but bellow (see the outro to any 1971-1979 "Playing in the Band" bridge-jam) when they are sung.

Coupled with the pipes, her soul shone just as brightly at New Jersey’s Mexicali Live on a recent spring night.   

Setlist (courtesy of Donna Jean Godchaux Band)

Set I: Tore Up Over You, I Want to Tell You> Jam> Cosmic Charlie, Don’t Fight it*, Delta Jubilee*, Ramble On Rose, Mighty High*, Darkness Darkness> Eyes of the World

Set II: Mystery Train, Gone Gone Gone, Palm Sunday, Big Railroad Blues, Tear My Stillhouse Down, Back Around> The Maker> Not Fade Away> 19th Nervous Breakdown

Encore: You Ain’t Woman

*w/The B3s- Lizzie Friel (Reflections) and Joanne Lediger (Johnny Markowski Band)-vocals

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