Why Won’t We Let the Grateful Dead Just Die?

I was browsing through the newly redesigned Kynd Music / 101 Report Blog and I noticed this little snippet of news that was too good to pass up on…

Keller Williams’ April 8th show at the Fillmore in Denver is set to include Jeff Austin of YMSB and Keith Moseley (SCI) interpreting Grateful Dead classics as bluegrass tunes. Dead Grass also promises the additions of other players as well…

This sounds pretty damn cool even though I’m sick with the idea that every single year all we do is “look back” at the Dead and honor them.

That starts to bug me, actually. I know they were the force that brought this whole scene together in the first place, it just seems that the longer we friggin’ sit here and play all Dead covers, the longer it’s going to take for the scene to move forward, move on, whatever…

Is there too much nostalgia in the jamband scene? Is there too much of “well, we don’t know what to play, so let’s just cover a Dead tune to make the crowd happy…?”

For as much as I can respect their music and enjoy listening to it, as well as respect their prior and continuous contributions to the scene, I also thought it was funny when this punk-rock guy I knew in high school created “I’m GRATEFUL he’s DEAD” stickers after Jerry’s death. He was blasting the scene and the wooks, not Jerry.

The Grateful Dead is neither Dead, nor Grateful that they’re legacy continues as wookie godfathers…DISCUSS…

Note: I’m just as guilty by even bringing this discussion here and there really is no right answer. I’m just not fully steeped in Dead history, etc. I’m just curious at to whether or not they are others that have this feeling sometimes. My Indie Music Rant will be next…

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