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Grateful Dead Drummer Bill Kreutzmann to Release Memoir

BillyThe Grateful Dead are perhaps the most legendary American rock band of all time. For 30 years, beginning in the San Francisco hippie scene in 1965, they were a musical institution, the original jam band that broke new ground in so many ways. From the music to their live concert sound systems and recordings, they were forward-thinking champions of artistic control and outlaw artists who marched to the beat of their own drums.

Now, in his upcoming memoir DEAL: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead (St. Martin’s Press; on-sale May 5, 2015; $27.99), Bill Kreutzmann — a founding member and drummer for every one of their over 2,300 concerts-has written an unflinching and wild account of playing in the greatest improvisational band of all time. Everything a rock music fan would expect is here, but what sets this apart is Kreutzmann’s incredible life of adventure that was at the heart of the Grateful Dead experience. This was a band that knew no limits and he lived life to the fullest, pushing the boundaries of drugs, drums and high times, through devastating tragedy and remarkable triumph.

A rare insider’s account into the life and legacy of one of America’s most influential and beloved bands, DEAL delivers a tale of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll that’s as outrageous as it is legendary.

Deal will be available May 5.

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.

 

Setlist

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.

www.7walkers.com

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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The Rhythm Devils take flight this fall

The Rhythm Devils have confirmed a string of dates this fall at theatres across the country.  The new super-group which features Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann of The Grateful Dead, Mike Gordon of Phish, and the ubiquitous Steve Kimock first came together this past spring in New York City.  After a mini-tour in August that included The Gathering of the Vibes Festival, The Rhythm Devils are poised to return to the road this October leading up to The Vegoose Music Festival.  The October dates will also feature vocal sensation Goapele and talking drum master Sikiru Adepoju.

In August, the band debuted new original material penned by Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter including “Fountains of Wood,” “The Center” and “Who Do You Think You Are.”  The group also dipped into the Grateful Dead songbook highlighted by “The Other One,” “Sugaree” and “Comes A Time.”  In the spirit of collaboration, The Rhythm Devils have welcomed many special guests at their recent appearances including Bob Weir, Charlie Musselwhite, Babba Maal, Angelique Kidjo, Stephen Perkins, and the legendary newsman Walter Cronkite.

Hart and Kreutzmann's remarkable cohesion, synchronicity, and driving power became a hallmark of the Grateful Dead's sound for over thirty years, earning them the nickname The Rhythm Devils.  The percussive duo's sole release was The Apocalypse Now Sessions for which they were recruited by director Francis Ford Coppola to bring together the myriad sounds and colors for the legendary film.

Both men have kept busy over the years participating in numerous projects from the Grammy winning percussive super-group Planet Drum which brought Mickey together with Zakir Hussain and many of the world's best drummers, to the one-off power trio SerialPod in which Kreutzmann collaborated with Trey Anastasio (Phish) and Mike Gordon.    Steve Kimock appeared in both The Other Ones and Zero while Mike Gordon has clocked in the better part of the past twenty years with Phish.  This marks the first time that Hart, Kreutzmann, Gordon, and Kimock have toured together as an ensemble.

One of the R&B world’s freshest commodities Goapele, will also be joining The Rhythm Devils for their extended October run.  Goapele has released two critically acclaimed albums via Sony/Columbia and is ready to expose her wonderful talent to a new audience.  Sikiru Adepoju has collaborated with Mickey Hart in past incarnations of Planet Drum.  Sikiru is known as one of the most accomplished Talking Drum players in the world and brings his uncanny sensibilities to the Rhythm Devils mix.

The Rhythm Devils kick off their fall tour on October 17 at The Sunoco Theatre in Harrisburg, PA before heading to The Starland Ballroom in Sayersville, NJ.  Stops in Ohio include Columbus’s Promowest Pavilion, Toledo’s Stranahan Theatre, and The House of Blues in Cleveland.  The band will hit the Midwest with a special show at The Chicago Theatre on October 24 and The Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee on October 25.  The tour wraps up at The Vegoose Music Festival on October 29.  Tickets for all shows will be available through GDTSTOO at www.gdtstoo.com.  Check out www.rhythmdevils.net for photos, mp3s, and the new Rhythm Devils online store.

10/17/06        Harrisburg, PA          Sunoco Thr.
10/18/06        Sayersville, NJ         Starland Ballroom
10/19/06        Columbus, OH            Promowest Pavilion
10/21/06        Toledo, OH              Stranahan Thr.
10/22/06        Cleveland, OH           House of Blues
10/24/06        Chicago, IL             Chicago Thr.
10/25/06        Milwaukee, WI           Riverside Thr.
10/29/06        Las Vegas, NV           Vegoose Music Festival