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The Final Frontier . . . . : The Grateful Dead’s Dark Star

“Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in.” My musical roots are in what is now referred to as jamband and at the top of that pyramid were the Grateful Dead. There were however extended periods

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“It’s Not My Cross To Bear” . . : Gregg Allman (1947 – 2017)

I’ve written in the past about the impact that the Allman Brothers have had on me as a musician so I’m just going to let the music that Gregg Allman made speak for itself. The Allman Brothers Band – Whipping

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Space Is The Place Part 1 – Pink Floyd Meets Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”

“We are not disappointed that you do drugs as much as we are of you for not sharing”. – Me, sometime during the Seventies. . .I think . . it’s a bit hazy. As a young teen age boy I

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“Somebody To Love” . . . : Bassist Extraordinaire Jack Casady

It came to my attention that Jack Casady, bassist for Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, turned 72 earlier this month. Lately, with everyday bringing news of the death of another musican I grew up listening to and learning from, I

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“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” : The Genius of James Jamerson

Many, many years ago, I was at a party when my friend Craig began chatting up this girl. Whether he was being my wing man or just trying to make conversation with her (for his own nefarious purposes no doubt),

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Call To The Higher Consciousness . . : Larry Coryell (1943 – 2017)

I was literally on my way out of town when I heard the news that guitarist Larry Coryell passed away. Nowadays, I am reluctant to write posts on the latest musician to pass away since it seems that every week

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“I’m Not Dead Yet” . . . : Neal Casals and Circles Around The Sun

I recently played in a session for a potential new jam band project where a good part of the time was spent jamming on vamps and progressions taken from the Grateful Dead. Being an old Deadhead and having played in

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