Watch genre spanning artists cover Dead classics in recent months.
Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley - “Brown-Eyed Woman”
Bluegrass master Rob Ickes performs with guitar prodigy Trey Hensley on this Grateful Dead cover. Predictably more country than the original, the old-time lyrics lend themselves to the genre perfectly, resulting in this emotional and infectious single.
Los Lobos - “I Got Loaded > Turn On Your Lovelight > Not Fade Away > Bertha”
California Tex-Mex pioneers Los Lobos are still touring their eternally fun live show, which is rarely more apparent than covers like this. At City Winery, the band attached three Grateful Dead standards to their “I Got Loaded,” which had the audience singing and clapping and the contained some soaring solos from the band.
Home For The Holidays Celebrating Jerry Garcia - “Rubin And Cherise”
A cast of incredible musicians joined together to celebrate Garcia’s music at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, including Tom Hamilton on guitar, Oteil Burbridge on bass and Melvis Seals on keys. Watch the band rip through an energetic take on “Rubin And Cherise.”
Yo La Tengo, Steve Gunn, William Tyler & Fred Armisen - “Wharf Rat”
In what is surely the most surprising recent collaboration, Yo La Tengo invited guitarist William Tyler, Steve Gunn on keyboard, and Fred Armisen on drums, for a winding cover of “Wharf Rat.” The guitarists keep the jam spacious, never straying too far from the original.
Molly Tuttle - “Standing On The Moon”
Bluegrass virtuoso Molly Tuttle offered a stunning cover of “Standing On The Moon,” recorded alone on acoustic guitar prior to joining Dead & Co at Playing In The Sand.
North Mississippi Allstars - “Deep Ellem Blues > Going Down The Road Feeling Bad”
Southern-rock staples North Mississippi All-Stars recently played an explosive set at Thalia Hall, including this funky take on Grateful Dead’s “Deep Ellem Blues” and “Going Down The Road Feeling Bad.”