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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)




Jam Cruise : Live, Backstage & Unplugged Part 1

As promised, the content that we have brought back from this year’s Jam Cruise will absolutely prove to be our best to date. In fact, there is so much that we are having to stall on publishing it just so that people do not burn out on it. However, with our Live Backstage & Unplugged Series, it is highly unlikely that will happen.

In past segments, we have brought exclusive performances we have had the pleasure of delivering amazing tunes from many, including Sam Bush, Yonder Mountain String Band, Gary Clark, Jr., moe., The Wood Brothers, Emmitt-Nershi, Railroad Earth and many more. The bar has been set high and with this series, it will only continue to rise.

Jam Cruise is simply an event that brings out the best in people and in musicians. There is something about the environment, whether it is the sea breeze blowing in your hair or the outright camaraderie that exists between passengers and artists alike. It is said all the time, but it is true… there simply is nothing quite as amazing as Jam Cruise in the live music world.

In this first segment, we are graced by Keller Williams, Larry Keel and Papa Mali. All three of these amazing talents, one of whom spends the vast majority of his time playing an electric guitar, came to get down.

So sit back, relax and enjoy as Honest Tune is honored to present Jam Cruise: Live, Backstage & Unplugged with Keller, Papa Mali and Larry Keel. Stay tuned for part two with Anders Osborne, Ryan Montbleau, John Oates and Col. Bruce Hampton, Ret.


Keller Williams performing “I Am Elvis”


Keller Williams


As most know, there is nothing quite like a Keller Williams show. In fact, as far as one can tell, there is no one quite like Keller Williams.

Throughout the course of his career, he has given a whole new meaning to the term “one man band.” However, as noted in an Honest Tune interview that came on the heels of his first release with Larry and Jenny Keel, Keller noted that “the intention for [him], even from the beginning, was always to play with humans and actually make music with other people.” He went on to say that “[playing with other musicians] is where camaraderie is built and where communication without language is able to thrive.”

In 2012, that is exactly where Keller will be found (for the most part)… with other musicians. With his 17th album, Bass, now out, Keller will be out in support with backing band, Kdubalicious, and will also be hitting the road with The Travelin’ McCourys and The Keels.


Papa Mali (7 Walkers) performing “King Cotton Blues”


Papa Mali


It seems that Papa Mali has found his permanent home alongside legendary Grateful Dead drummer, Bill Kreutzmann in the 7 Walkers. Within the ensemble that also features multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard and New Orleans funk legend, George Porter, Jr. on bass, he has found a place where his years in both the reggae and funk worlds can gracefully collide. Further, with a now lasting friendship with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, his already brilliant song-writing capacity has been taken to new heights.

When in the presence of Mali and Kreutzmann, whether for a moment or for an extended period of time, the mutual admiration — on a personal level — creates a glow on both of the musicians’ faces. This is most evident in a yet to be released Honest Tune interview where Kreutzmann (in short) credits Mali with providing him with a feeling of contentment and completion that he has not felt since Jerry Garcia passed away.

What is best is that this admiration and respect between Mali and Bill shines through with pure beauty when the two are on stage together.


Larry Keel performing “Love”


Larry Keel


Trying to find an artist that is more authentic than Larry Keel would be a fruitless adventure. Larry’s Appalachian mountain sound reeks of the place he calls home. When Larry plays, his audience is immediately taken to the place that he loves the most… at home, stoking a fire, pickin’ and swillin’ moonshine.

Of course, all of this fails to mention that Keel is one of the finest picking guitar players on bluegrass scene today and one whose services are in high demand at any festival fortunate enough to have him on the bill.

As a person, authenticity remains highly in tact. Let’s face it, Larry Keel is just a good dude. But as the story goes, behind every good man is a great woman. And in this case, the sentiment certainly holds true with Keel’s better half, Jenny, who also serves as bassist in Larry’s many ensembles, including Larry Keel & Natural Bridge and Keller & The Keels.

With a new record (Classic, due in April) ready to drop, expect to see Larry and Jenny on the road throughout 2012 as they bring their home to your hometown.



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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Luther & Crowes steal the show at Blues & Brews

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
Telluride, Colorado
September 14-16, 2007

Words by Fred Adams / photos by:

Taking the stage to close out the 14th annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, the members of The Black Crowes said nary a word.  Opening their set with “Wiser Time,” nearly every member of the band shared what seemed to be a singular, huge smile, as if they had something up their sleeves, but were not going to say what it was. 


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Telluride sings the blues!

The 14th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival returns to Telluride Town Park September 14-16, 2007, with the best blues, rock, funk and gospel artists in music today!  This year’s line-up includes performances by Los Lonely Boys, Keb’ Mo’, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, the Radiators with Bonerama, JJ Grey & Mofro, Joe Bonamassa and many more fantastic artists.  And the best is yet to come; Sunday’s headliner will be announced on Monday, June 25, 2007.

The Telluride Blues & Brews festival will open with an unbelievable day of music with a line-up that features rock, traditional blues and more.  Friday’s artists include headliner Los Lonely Boys, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Joe Bonamassa, Tishamingo and Rhythm Council with Henry Butler, Papa Mali, Kirk Joseph and Robb Kidd.  Los Lonely Boys’ music fuses electric blues, Texasroots, searing six string licks and Latin beats, and this dynamic sound led the band to huge success.  Los Lonely Boys’ self-titled debut sold more than 2 million copies and the band won a Grammy for the #1 hit, “Heaven.”  The band’s new disc, Sacred, recently peaked at #2 on the Billboard Top 200.

Saturday will be a big treat with a sweet mix of zydeco, Delta blues and some good old-fashioned blues rock.  With Keb’ Mo’, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, John Mooney’s Bluesiana, former Black Crowes guitarist, Marc Ford, Ana Popovic and The Sean Carney Band, Saturday will be smokin’ hot!  Headlining Saturday will be Delta blues master and three time Grammy winner Keb’ Mo’.  Keb’ Mo’ is known for his distinctive sound that embraces multiple eras and genres, including pop, rock, folk and jazz.  His acoustic and slide guitar mastery, laconic storytelling and gritty country blues deliver a sound that is soulful and authentic.

Sunday brings together some Blues & Brews favorites!  The Radiators with Bonerama, Eric Lindell and JJ Grey & Mofro have all graced the Blues & Brews stage in previous years and are back by popular demand.  Joining these Blues & Brews veterans will be blues legend David “Honeyboy” Edwards and a Morning Gospel set by the Erica Brown Band.   When the sun goes down, join the Radiators and Bonerama for a Fais Do Do jam like no other at the Sheridan Opera House.  Don’t forget – mark your calendar to visit www.tellurideblues.com  on Monday, June 25th for the Sunday headliner announcement.


14th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Lineup as of Friday, May 25, 2007

Friday, September 14, 2007: Los Lonely Boys, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Joe Bonamassa, Tishamingo, Rhythm Council with Henry Butler, Papa Mali, Kirk Joseph and Robb Kidd.

Juke Joints:  Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Joe Bonamassa, Mojo Watson, Tishamingo, Kent Burnside & The New Generation

Saturday, September 15, 2007: Keb’ Mo’, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, John Mooney’s Bluesiana, Marc Ford, Ana Popovic, The Sean Carney Band

Juke Joints:  JJ Grey & Mofro, John Mooney, Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes, Kent Burnside & The New Generation, The Sean Carney Band

After Hours Jam: Eric Lindell

Sunday, September 16, 2007: Headliner to be announced Monday, June 25th, The Radiators with Bonerama, JJ Grey with Mofro, Eric Lindell, David “Honeyboy” Edwards & Michael Frank, the Erica Brown Band’s Mornin’ Gospel Hour

Fais Do Do (Sheridan Opera House): The Radiators and Bonerama


While rocking out to the blues, sample more than 100 beers from 50 microbreweries, from the Southwestern United States and beyond, at the renowned Blues & Brews Grand Tasting on Saturday, September 15, 2007.  The Grand Tasting, which takes place from NOON-3:00 pm has it all, from ales to lagers, nut browns to I.P.A.’s and everything in between.

Single day tickets for the 14th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival go on sale Friday, June 1 at 9:00 am MST.  Friday and Sunday passes can be purchased for $55.00 each; Saturday passes for $60.00 and three-day passes (currently available) for $150.00.   Juke Joint tickets provide guaranteed entry into one of the five Friday and Saturday Juke Joints.  Juke Joint tickets are sold per night at $25 each.  Fais Do Do passes go on sale June 1 for $30.  Festival camping is available adjacent to the festival grounds for $40 a person. 

Camping is limited and passes are sold per person, not per site.  Camping passes are valid for 4 nights starting Thursday, September 13. 

Tickets can be purchased online at www.tellurideblues.com or by calling 866-515-6166 or locally at Telluride Music Company (201 East Colorado Avenue).  All ticket prices subject to $2.50 per day Town of Telluride Fee and/or ticket handling fee