September 26, 2011

A Country Jam in the Chapel

Jerry Garcia, May 1972: "We haven't been playing enough. I'm a music junkie and I have to play every day. The gigs are too far apart. It's like we're not fucking off enough to enjoy that, or not playing enough to enjoy that."

Bob Weir: "On our days off when we were traveling, we would have our acoustic guitars, and Jerry and I and whoever was around - if the New Riders were traveling with us, we'd all fall together and kick stuff around. A lot of it was folk material of one sort or another. We had a whole repertoire that we never played onstage - country gospel tunes that we sang in three- and four-part harmony, and all that kind of stuff. We did that just for fun, and for the exercise."

John Dawson: "The best part was when Garcia, Weir and I took our guitars and jammed in this amazing 10th-century chapel. It was really, really great sounding. It was kind of eerie, especially thinking about all the people who'd been through there over the centuries."

Garcia, Weir & the New Riders - St John's Jerusalem chapel in Kent, May 1972:


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    1. It's from the book in the Europe '72 box set, p.33.

      I'm very sorry I used photobucket in the early years of this blog, which turned out to be a bad long-term choice, but will try re-posting this picture.