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7 Walkers, 8/1/12 (Jerry’s 70th birthday celebration)

7 Walkers
Beekman Beer Garden
New York City, NY
August 1, 2012



There are few bands that one can point to and say what can be said about the Grateful Dead. They were, and to this day are something different to each and every soul that has ever been pricked by their sound. They are the unquestionable forefathers of the improvisational live music scene that now thrives beyond anything that any member of the band could have ever dreamed.  They were and are the band that started it all; and at the helm was Jerry Garcia.

70 years ago on August 1, Jerome John “Jerry” Garcia was born and 70 years ago on August 9, he passed on to whatever the chapter after our time on earth is… leaving a musical and artistic legacy that will forever remain as one that will be cherished for its authenticity and so much more. 

Each year, music halls fill as fans recall one of the few musical giants whose fans refer to as though he nothing more than a friend of old. On this night, that friend, Jerry, was celebrated as founding Grateful Dead drummer, Bill Kreutzmann, and his group of 7 Walkers (Papa Mali, George Porter, Jr. and Matt Hubbard) settled in at New York City’s Beekman Beer Garden.

Over the course of nearly two hours, the band rolled through Grateful Dead staples as well as songs from their own catalogue that have become
well-known unto themselves since the band first released them on their critically acclaimed self-titled album nearly three years ago.

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Highlighted by Bernie Worrell‘s sit-in that gave the sounds an even more funky feel than usual, the night was one that fans will surely remember… and Vernon Webb was there to capture the sights.




Set: Jam > Mr. Charlie, King Cotton Blues, (For the Love Of) Mr. Okra, Sugaree, Hey Bo Diddle, Big Railroad Blues, Wharf Rat, Walk On Gilded Splinters* > Bottle Up and Go*

Encore: He’s Gone

* w/Bernie Worrell



►     Click HERE to download an audience recording of this show.


►     See below for an Honest Tune interview with Bill and Papa Mali and listen to Bill discuss Jerry’s sound.



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On the Jam Cruise Scene with Keller, Anders, Col. Bruce, PGroove, 7 Walkers, Railroad Earth & John Oates

Over the years, we at Honest Tune have tried repeatedly to depict what happens year after year on the Cloud 9 annual adventure, Jam Cruise. We have shown photos, written lengthy reviews, gotten Grace Potter to tell sordid tales, and Greensky Bluegrass to admit to making a sprint out of a marathon. Yes, there is nothing quite like the boat.

Even with all of these previous attempts, we are back again. This time, with more photos (in addition to the photos that came out a couple of weeks ago) as well as a video with interview snippets from Col. Bruce, Keller Williams, Perpetual Groove’s Adam Perry and Albert Suttle, Papa Mali, Bill Kreutzmann, Railroad Earth & virgin cruiser, John Oates.

Intermingled with scene footage taken while aboard the ship as well a portion of an an exclusive acoustic performance of “Summertime in New Orleans” by Anders Osborne and a beautiful Irish folk violin outro provided by Tim Carbone, if this doesn’t bait you out to the high seas next Jam-uary, nothing will. So… if you were there, relive the experience. If you weren’t, watch and get your booty on the boat in 2013!   



Jam Cruise scene

w/ Keller, Col. Bruce, PGroove,

7 Walkers, Oates, Railroad Earth & Anders Osborne

(Be sure & scroll down for photos from Zach Mahone)


For more on Anders Osborne: http://www.andersosborne.com

For more on Perpetual Groove: http://www.pgrooove.com
For more on the 7 Walkers: http://www.7walkers.com

For more on John Oates: http://www.johnoates.com
For more on Railroad Earth: http://www.railroadearth.com

For more on Col. Bruce Hampton, Ret.: http://www/colbruce.com
For more on Keller Williams: http://www.kellerwilliams.net


Click the thumbnail(s) to view photos from Jam Cruise by Zach Mahone




Sailing Deep with 7 Walkers: An Honest Tune Interview with Bill Kreutzmann & Papa Mali (Video)

When the 7 Walkers came on the scene, it was like a breath of fresh air. Finally, a founding member (Bill Kreutzmann) of one of the most important bands of the century (Grateful Dead), if not all time, was creating new material. Furthermore, he was doing so with lyricist, Robert Hunter, one of the most profound songwriters to ever put pen to paper, but who had released very little material for far too long of a time period.

Putting together an all-star lineup, made up of guitarist and vocalist Papa Mali, multi-instumentalist Matt Hubbard  and bassist Reed Mathis who was replaced by funk legend, George Porter, Jr., due to Mathis’ Tea Leaf Green commitments.

What happened with the addition of Porter was an all new depth of Kreutzmann and Mali’s original Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup vision… “getting even more of each other’s  funk on each other’s Grateful Dead and vice versa.”

While on Jam Cruise 10, David Shehi sat down with Kreutzmann and Mali for a lengthy discussion on many topics, from a new album that is in the works to Grateful Dead vault releases. Most notably though was Kreutzmann’s setting the record straight in regards to his relationship with Bob Weir, Mali’s openness about the importance of Bill in his life, and Kreutzmann’s tearful candor when talking about the the vacancy he felt after the passing of Jerry Garcia and how that has been somewhat filled by Papa Mali and the 7 Walkers.



Sailing Deep:

An Interview with Bill Kreutzmann & Papa Mali

(7 Walkers)




7 Walkers, 10/31/11

7 Walkers
Great American Music Hall
San Francisco, CA
October 31, 2011


Though only half of the 7 Walkers cast came out in costumes, there was no doubt that the celebration of the Halloween festivities was in full swing when they took the stage at San Fran’s Great American Music Hall.

On this night, Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green) — the bassist who is present on the self-titled album from 2010 — would fill out the low end duties alongside the 7 Walkers staples: legendary drummer and Grateful Dead co-founder Bill Kreutzmann, guitarist/funk crooner Papa Mali and multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard.

Susan Weiand was on the scene to capture the scenes from the event through her lens.



I: Space > Someday You’ll See, Junco Partner, King Cotton Blues, I Know You Rider, Nobody’s Fault But Mine, Walk on Guided Splinters, He’s Gone, Goin Down The Road
II: Positively 4th St*, New Orleans Crawl, Bird Song, Werewolves of London, Sue From Bogalusa,
7 Walkers, Evangeline, Bottle Up and Go
Encore: Big Railroad Blues, Wharf Rat

*Performed with Bob Dylan impersonator

Click the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show by Susan J. Weiand

7 Walkers announce fall tour plans

IMG_8649.jpg7 Walkers, the revered band featuring legendary drummer and Grateful Dead co-founder Bill Kreutzmann, guitarist Papa Mali, multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard (Willie Nelson, Fastball) and legendary New Orleans bass man George Porter Jr. (The Meters, Funky Meters) today announce a run of fall tour dates that bring them to U.S. points south and west. Included along the tour are stop in hometowns of New Orleans and San Francisco, where very special local guest musicians are expected to sit in with the band. With George Porter Jr. also on a reunion tour with The Meters this fall, look for 7 Walkers Fall Tour to alternate bass players between shows, with select performances to feature Dirty Dozen Brass Band founder and sousaphone player Kirk Joseph Jr., and Tea Leaf Green’s bassist Reed Mathis (who also appears on the 7 Walkers’ album).

Current confirmed 7 Walkers tour dates are as follows:

October 14^ Harvest Music Fest Ozark, AR
October 15^ Kenny Dorham’s Backyard Austin, TX
October 18^ Tipitina’s New Orleans, LA
October 20^ MagnoliaFest Live Oak, FL
October 22^ LEAF Festival Black Mnt., NC
October 23^ Carolina Theatre Durham, NC
October 25-26***The Abbey at Hopmonk Tavern Sebastopol, CA
October 27***Napa Valley Opera House Napa, CA
October 29^ Hangtown Halloween Ball Placerville, CA
October 30*** Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
October 31*** Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
January 9-14^ JamCruise with Steve Kimock Ft. Lauderdale, FL

^Featuring George Porter Jr. (The Meters, Funky Meters) on bass
*Featuring Kirk Joseph (The Dirty Dozen Brass Band) on sousaphone
***Featuring Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green)

Additional dates to be announced.


Rex-A-Vision Presents: Swamp Deadication with 7 Walkers (VIDEO)

7_Walkers_2.jpgBorn from casual live collaborations between Bayou crooner and guitarist Papa Mail and legendary Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, the 7 Walkers have created a brand unto itself. Through a critically acclaimed record (that was cowritten by Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter), a heavy tour schedule and a solid lineup — consisting of Mali, Kreutzmann, the Meters’ George Porter, Jr. on bass and multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard — Bill and Papa’s swampedelic vision is now complete and it could not be more grand.

While on the scene at Stables Studio Music Festival, Woodford Reserve and Rex-A-Vision partnered with Honest Tune to round up the 7 Walkers for a rare conversation that ranged from friendship, marriage and of course, to the craftsmanship that goes into the molding of the swampedelic groove.

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