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In the July/August 2011 issue of Relix Magazine, Jeff Tamarkin says: “The Wheel is one tribute that Garcia would have loved….Some of the surprises are also among the highlights…and best of all, your purchase helps support the Rex Foundation.”

Thanks to Jeff and Relix for their kind words, and to all involved with The Wheel for their ongoing support!

Read Jeff’s review here

 

 

 

The Wheel cover art

Twelve tracks from the memorable Jerry Garcia tribute concert “The Wheel” will be available starting March 29, benefiting Rex.

On Tuesday March 29, 2011 the Rex Foundation will release 12 tracks from the December 4, 2010 concert “The Wheel – A Musical Celebration of Jerry Garcia.”

Hosted by the Rex Foundation at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium on December 4, 2010, the benefit concert was a historic night. Among the evening’s unique music experiences was the bringing together of Jesse McReynolds, Peter Rowan and David Nelson.

McReynolds, Rowan, and Nelson each shared a deep connection with Garcia dating back to the early 1960s. In 1962, when Jerry Garcia began playing the banjo and exploring bluegrass music, he formed a band called the Hart Valley Drifters with David Nelson on guitar. In 1964, as part of his bluegrass pilgrimage through the American South, Jerry sought out the even-then legendary bluegrass musicians “Jim and Jesse” (McReynolds). Garcia held Jesse’s mandolin playing and music in high esteem for many more years to come. In 1969, as the Grateful Dead released Aoxomoxoa, Jerry was also collaborating with other musical friends. He reconnected with David Nelson and John “Marmaduke” Dawson to form New Riders of the Purple Sage. He formed another bluegrass band, Old and in the Way, with David Grisman, John Kahn, Peter Rowan and Vassar Clements. Coming full circle, in October 2010, McReynolds released Songs of the Grateful Dead – A Tribute to Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter, collaborating with none other than David Nelson.

At the December 4th benefit event, the featured artists, along with members of their respective bands, which included Garrett McReynolds, Steve Thomas, Jody Stecher, Keith Little, Paul Knight, Barry Sless, Robin Sylvester, John Molo, Mookie Siegel, and special guest Matt Butler of The Everyone Orchestra, had the exceptional opportunity to play Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter and traditional American roots songs together.

Following the show many people noted that this remarkable music should be made available to those who could not attend, as well as to extend the reach of the benefit to provide additional charitable support to the Rex Foundation. On Tuesday March 29, 2011 this will be the case, with downloads and CDs available from nugs.net for all to enjoy.

 

The Wheel – A Musical Celebration of Jerry Garcia Track List is as follows:

 

1. Black Muddy River 6:19 (Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter) Jesse McReynolds: lead vocal and mandolin, Garrett McReynolds: tenor vocal and guitar, Steve Thomas: fiddle, Keith Little: banjo, Paul Knight: bass, Jody Stecher: mandolin, Peter Rowan: guitar, Matt Butler: drums

 

2. Ripple 6:08 (Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter) David Nelson: lead vocal and guitar, Jesse McReynolds: mandolin, harmony vocal, Garret McReynolds: guitar, Steve Thomas: fiddle, Keith Little: banjo, Paul Knight: bass, Jody Stecher: mandolin, Peter Rowan: guitar, Matt Butler: drums

3. Deep Elem Blues 4:42 (Traditional) Jesse McReynolds: lead vocal and mandolin, Garrett McReynolds: guitar, Steve Thomas: fiddle, Keith Little: banjo, harmony vocal, Paul Knight: bass, David Nelson: guitar and vocal, Jody Stecher: mandolin, Peter Rowan: guitar, Matt Butler: drums

4. Peggy-O (Traditional) 7:31 David Nelson: lead vocal, guitar, Barry Sless: pedal steel, Mookie Siegel: accordion, vocal, Robin Sylvester: bass, John Molo: drums

5. Friend of the Devil 9:06 (Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter) David Nelson: lead vocal, guitar, Barry Sless: pedal steel, Mookie Siegel: piano, vocal, Robin Sylvester: bass, John Molo: drums

6. Alabama Getaway 4:13 (Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter) Jesse McReynolds: lead vocal, mandolin, Garrett McReynolds: guitar, vocal, Steve Thomas: fiddle, David Nelson: guitar, vocal, Barry Sless: guitar, Mookie Siegel: organ, Robin Sylvester: bass, John Molo: drums

7. Standing on the Moon 6:59 (Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter) Jesse McReynolds: lead vocal, mandolin, Garrett McReynolds: guitar, vocal, Steve Thomas: fiddle, David Nelson: guitar, vocal, Barry Sless: pedal steel, Mookie Siegel: accordion, vocal, Robin Sylvester: bass, John Molo: drums

8. Franklin’s Tower 7:13 (Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter/Bill Kreutzmann) Jesse McReynolds: lead vocal, mandolin, Garrett McReynolds: guitar, vocal, Steve Thomas: fiddle, David Nelson: guitar, vocal, Barry Sless: pedal steel, Mookie Siegel: accordion, vocal, Robin Sylvester: bass, John Molo: drums

9. Casey Jones 6:27 (Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter) David Nelson: lead vocal, guitar, Barry Sless: guitar, Mookie Siegel: keys, Robin Sylvester: bass, John Molo: drums, Jesse McReynolds: mandolin, Garrett McReynolds: guitar, Steve Thomas: fiddle, Peter Rowan: guitar, Keith Little: banjo

10. Dark Hollow 4:22 (Traditional) David Nelson: lead vocal, guitar, Barry Sless: pedal steel, Mookie Siegel: accordion, Robin Sylvester: bass, John Molo: drums, Jesse McReynolds: mandolin, Garrett McReynolds: guitar, Steve Thomas: fiddle, Peter Rowan: guitar, vocal, Keith Little: banjo

11. The Wheel 8:22 (Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter/Bill Kreutzmann) David Nelson: lead vocal, guitar, Barry Sless: pedal steel, Mookie Siegel: piano, vocal, Robin Sylvester: bass, John Molo: drums, Jesse McReynolds: mandolin, vocal, Garrett McReynolds: guitar, vocal, Steve Thomas: fiddle, Peter Rowan: guitar, Keith Little: banjo

12. Cumberland Blues 7:43 (Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter/Phil Lesh) David Nelson: lead vocal, guitar, Barry Sless: pedal steel, Mookie Siegel: accordion, piano, vocal, Robin Sylvester: bass, John Molo: drums, Jesse McReynolds: mandolin, Garrett McReynolds: guitar, Steve Thomas: fiddle, Peter Rowan: guitar, Keith Little: banjo

 

The compilation will be available beginning March 29, 2011 in the following formats:

·MP3,FLAC, and Apple Lossless downloads at nugs.net
·iTunes download
·CD only available at nugs.net

 

THANK YOU!

This compilation of The Wheel – A Musical Celebration of Jerry Garcia is possible because of the generous contributions of music, resources and know-how of the participating musicians, the people involved in presenting the December 4th Benefit, and those who have helped produce this album.  The Rex Foundation extends its heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the generosity of spirit and action of the following people involved in creating The Wheel – A Musical Celebration of Jerry Garcia, as well as to all the people who purchase the compilation.  Together, we honor Jerry Garcia and demonstrate the positive power of music and community spirit.

THE MUSIC

Jesse McReynolds, Garrett McReynolds, Steve Thomas

Peter Rowan, Jody Stecher, Keith Little, Paul Knight

David Nelson, Barry Sless, Robin Sylvester, John Molo, Mookie Siegel

Matt Butler

And, of course, Jerry

COMPILATION PRODUCTION

David Gans
Rob Helmstetter, Graphic Artist, Foundations Design
Ice Nine Publishing
Brad Gregory Serling, nugs.net
Micah Gordon, nugs.net
Brian Frost, mastering engineer
Cameron Sears

SPECIAL THANKS

Bill Graham Presents
-Michael Bailey
-Amie Bailey
-Matt Lawsky
Al Evers, A Train Entertainment
Matt Hogan, SCI Fidelity Records
Local 16 I.A.T.S.E.
Carrie Lombardi, Madison House Publicity
The Jerry Garcia Family Estate
Mark Topazio

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