AUK’s Chain Gang: Grateful Dead “Friend of The Devil”

So, the mention of Jerry Garcia, David Grisman and Tony Rice doing ‘House of The Rising Sun’ via Dave Van Ronk last week brings us to Grateful Dead and their ‘Friend of the Devil.’ It is one of their classic songs from ‘American Beauty,’ certainly one of their best studio albums, with which The Dead established themselves as one of the forerunners of modern Americana.

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AUK’s Chain Gang: Jerry Garcia, David Grisman and Tony Rice “House Of The Rising Sun”

Dave Van Ronk’s ‘Hang Me, Oh Hang Me’ from last week leads us this week to the West Coast and Jerry Garcia, David Grisman and Tony Rice’s live studio take of ‘House Of The Rising Sun’. Van Ronk has many claims to fame as a stalwart of the Greenwich Village folk scene of the early ‘60s, and one of these is his role as the arranger of Dylan’s version of ‘House Of The Rising Sun’. The origins of the song are lost in the mists of time, with the earliest published version coming from 1925. Various jazz and blues artists recorded versions as did Woody Guthrie in the ‘40s. Van Rook played the song to Dylan, who then used van Ronk’s arrangement for his version which is on his debut album ‘Bob Dylan’. The rest, as they say, is history, with The Animals electrifying Dylan’s version to record one of the greatest singles of all-time. Continue reading “AUK’s Chain Gang: Jerry Garcia, David Grisman and Tony Rice “House Of The Rising Sun””

Interview: Molly Tuttle on her favourite songs, Pro-tools and Jerry Garcia

Guitarist, vocalist, singer-songwriter and banjo player Molly Tuttle is a leading light of the new generation of bluegrass artists, which also includes Sierra Hull and Billy Strings. She is well versed in bluegrass history and came out of the Californian bluegrass tradition and is now based in Nashville. In 2017, she became the first woman to win the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Guitar Player of the Year Award. Continue reading “Interview: Molly Tuttle on her favourite songs, Pro-tools and Jerry Garcia”

VERSIONS – “Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power)”

Here we are again with “VERSIONS” – our look at the songs, the performers and the interpretations by performers of the songs. This time around Martin Johnson casts his eye over over ‘Senor (Tales of Yankee Power)’. Anything that you didn’t know about this tune is cleared up here: Continue reading “VERSIONS – “Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power)””