Greg Anton is a drummer, composer and co-founding member, with guitarist Steve Kimock, of the band Zero. Greg is a writer and practicing attorney. Greg was born in Connecticut, his mother Shirley was his father Paul, a college professor. Greg has five lives with his wife Holly Anton in Sonoma County, California. Greg received a BA with honors in philosophy from Ohio University in 1971, his undergraduate thesis: "A Phenomenological Analysis of Music", was published by Ohio University Press. He continued studying philosophy in a Masters program at San Francisco State University went on to receive his Juris Doctorate degree at the Seattle University School of Law. Greg's first novel, "Face the Music", was published on December 2014 by Plus One Press; the novel "Face the Music" is a fictional story about a love song called "Stephanie". In 2014 Greg composed a song by the same name with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter and recorded it with Steve Kimock, Melvin Seals, Tim Hockenberry and Robin Sylvester.
Greg has performed at thousands of concerts worldwide. He has played most extensively with his band Zero, which has released eight albums and performed over 1300 concerts. Greg began playing drums at age 11. At age 13, due to an accident, he suffered a traumatic amputation of his left hand. Using a prosthetic device, he continued playing drums and began performing professionally while in high school. He's published more than 50 original songs, many of which were co-written with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. Greg has composed music for film, TV and theater. Among others, Greg has performed or recorded with John Cipollina, John Lee Hooker, Stanley Jordan, Otis Taylor, Nicky Hopkins and members of the Grateful Dead, he tours with The Rock Collection, featuring Melvin Seals, Dan "Lebo" Lebowitz, Stu Allen, Robin Sylvester. Greg was admitted to the California State Bar in 1977; as an attorney, he has been a champion of medical marijuana rights, challenging prohibition laws in state courts, the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals and the US Supreme Court.
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The Rhythm Devils are a band led by founding Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann and drummer Mickey Hart, a Grateful Dead member for most of the band's existence. The Rhythm Devils had their origins as an informal but frequent fixture in the Grateful Dead concert repertoire. Starting in the mid-to-late 1970s, continuing until the Grateful Dead's last concert in 1995, most Grateful Dead concerts featured an extended segment during the 2nd set of improvisational drumming and percussion by Hart and Kreutzmann who took over the stage as a duo; this segment was variously known to fans as "Rhythm Devils", "Drums", or conversationally as "the drums", was followed in post-1979 concerts by another extended improvisation by the rest of the band without the drummers, known as "Space". The "Rhythm Devils" segment of a Grateful Dead concert always segued out of a full-band song, the "Space" segment invariably would segue into the beginnings of another full-band song as the drummers resumed their seats with the rest of the band.
The Grateful Dead album Dead Set has a characteristic example of a 1980 "Rhythm Devils" segment, titled as such, and, followed by a "Space" segment. The Rhythm Devils duo were formally recruited by director Francis Ford Coppola to record the soundtrack to the film Apocalypse Now. During 1979 and 1980, Hart and Kreutzmann, along with other musicians, Airto Moreira, Mike Hinton, Jim Loveless, Greg Errico, Jordan Amarantha, Phil Lesh and Flora Purim, recorded sessions at the Grateful Dead's Marin County studios and "The Barn", Hart's studio in Novato; the process included. The sounds were edited into the movie. An LP record titled The Apocalypse Now Sessions: The Rhythm Devils Play River Music was issued from those sessions. In October 1990, Rykodisc re-released the original 1980 LP. In addition to the Apocalypse Now sessions and Hart performed two live concerts as the Rhythm Devils on February 13 and 14, 1981; the live band consisted of the same musicians that contributed to the sessions including: Mike Hinton, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Phil Lesh and other various guests.
The 2006 lineup of the Rhythm Devils featured drummers Kreutzmann, Phish bassist Mike Gordon, guitarist Steve Kimock, with percussionist Sikiru Adepoju and vocalist Jen Durkin. The band toured throughout the US shortly thereafter. Former Dead lyricist Robert Hunter provides lyrics for a number of original songs, it was announced on the Gathering of the Vibes website that the Rhythm Devils would perform there in 2010 with a lineup of Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, Sikiru Adepoju, guitarists Keller Williams and Davy Knowles and bassist Andy Hess. This was followed by the announcement of several more dates a month later, they toured into early 2011 with Tim Bluhm replacing Keller for all dates after July 2010. A new lineup was announced for 2011 featuring Kreutzmann, Keller Williams, Steve Kimock and Reed Mathis; this combo has played one show - July 24, 2011 at the Gathering Of The Vibes Festival in Bridgeport CT. While the Rhythm Devils have not performed as a band since 2011, Mickey Hart acknowledged the possibility of more Rhythm Devils dates.
Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart have performed together since 2011 with the Disco Biscuits, 7 Walkers, Billy & the Kids, Dead & Company and at Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead. The Apocalypse Now Sessions: The Rhythm Devils Play River Music The Rhythm Devils Concert Experience Rhythm Devils Official site Rhythm Devils collection at the Internet Archive's live music archive
Robin Sylvester is an English musician, based in San Francisco, best known for his ongoing work with RatDog. Although a bass player, he plays several instruments, including the guitar and keyboards, has done extensive arranging. Sylvester began his professional music career with the a cappella London Boy Singers chorus in the 1960s, as a sound engineer in 1969. Working as an assistant at Abbey Road Studios when The Beatles recorded their eponymous album, he was inspired by Paul McCartney to take up the bass guitar, he used early synthesisers while playing with and producing Byzantium in 1971. While touring with Dana Gillespie, he moved to the United States in 1974. Clive Davis signed his folk-rock band The Movies to Arista Records, which played around New York and Los Angeles in the late 1970s; as a session musician, he worked alongside Steve Douglas, backing the Beach Boys and Ry Cooder. He played in live acts led by Marty Balin, Mary Wells, The Shirelles, The Coasters, The Drifters, Billy Preston, Christine McVie, Steve Seskin, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Freddy Fender, Del Shannon, Vince Welnick's Missing Man Formation.
In 2003, he replaced Rob Wasserman as RatDog's bass player. He played his first show on 4 March 2003, he missed RatDog's 2010 shows in Jamaica due to health concerns. In February 2012, it was reported. Donations to help defray Robin's medical costs can be made to The Sweet Relief Musician's Fund He continues to play occasional shows with jam band alumni like Stu Allen, Ghosts of Electricity, Melvin Seals and JGB, David Nelson & Friends, Jemimah Puddleduck, the Rubber Souldiers
Phil Lesh and Friends
Phil Lesh and Friends is an American rock band formed and led by Phil Lesh, former bassist of the Grateful Dead. Phil & Friends is not a traditional group in that several different lineups of musicians have played under the name, including groups featuring members of Phish, the Black Crowes and Allman Brothers Band; the Phil & Friends concept takes the music of the Grateful Dead and explores and interprets it in new ways. Through the period known as the Quintet years, a Phil & Friends show was focused on harder, faster rock than that which the Grateful Dead played, thanks in large part to Haynes' and Jimmy Herring's talents at the Southern rock style. Lesh was fond of calling it "Dixieland-style rock." However, all of the incarnations of Phil & Friends have followed a trend of "updating" the Grateful Dead's massive body of work, all have been adept at the long, exploratory jams that were a trademark of the Dead. Phil & Friends has been acclaimed for giving new life to the Grateful Dead's material, bringing in new styles and innovations, while at the same time remaining loyal to the original music and the original fans.
It is this melding of musical influences that has given them wide appeal not only among old Deadheads, but the modern-day fans of other jam bands as well. Phil & Friends has continued the Grateful Dead's tradition of allowing fans to record concerts, trade these recordings freely; the Internet has been an invaluable source for these tapers to disseminate this music through various sources, including Archive.org, the vast BitTorrent file-sharing network. Phil has embraced the Internet by providing free soundboard recordings of many concerts through his website providing high-resolution CD covers for fans to print. For his Summer 2006 tour, Phil partnered with Instant Live, a company, able to provide soundboard CDs of a concert upon its finishing, as well as make these recordings available for fans to download online, though this service was not free; the first use of the Phil Lesh and Friends banner was on September 24, 1994 at the Berkeley Community Theatre. The band was an acoustic version of the Grateful Dead and featured members Phil Lesh, Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir and Vince Welnick.
Dead drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart were not part of the band. After this gig the band name was put to rest until Phil formed a new band in 1999. From April 1999 to September 2000, Lesh toured with a rotating lineup of musicians that included Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Jorma Kaukonen, Jimmy Herring, Robben Ford, members of Phish, Little Feat, The String Cheese Incident and Moe; the opening concerts on April 15, 16, 17, 1999 featured Phil along with John Molo on drums, Steve Kimock on guitar, two members of Phish – Trey Anastasio on guitar and Page McConnell on keys. After these opening concerts and until October 1999, Phil kept the same "core" of himself and Kimock, Molo as well, while rotating in new musicians on guitar and keys. Over this period, the lineups included: May 29, 1999: Warren Haynes, Merl Saunders, Donna Jean Godchaux June 4–5, 1999: Prairie Prince, Jorma Kaukonen, Pete Sears, Zoe Ellis, Cailan Cornwell July 2–3, 1999: Bill Kreutzmann, David Nelson, Barry Sless, Mookie Siegel August 12–22, 1999: This series of shows featured Warren Haynes on guitar and vocals and Kyle Hollingsworth from The String Cheese Incident on keys.
Other members of The String Cheese Incident joined the group, as did Al Schnier of Moe. October 7–9, 1999: Bobby Strickland, Jeff Mattson, Rob Barraco October 21–27, 1999: This series of shows featured members of Little Feat -- Bill Payne, Paul Barrere Steve Kimock left the tour on October 29, 1999, Derek Trucks joined a few days later. October 29–30, 1999: Bill Payne, Paul Barrere October 31, 1999: Derek Trucks, Bill Payne, Paul Barrere From November 1999 onwards, the "core" of the group was Phil, John Molo, Rob Barraco on keys November 2–14, 1999: Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes; the members of this incarnation were Lesh, Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring (guitar.
Robert Hall Weir is an American musician and songwriter best known as a founding member of the rock band Grateful Dead. After the Grateful Dead disbanded in 1995, Weir performed with The Other Ones known as The Dead, together with other former members of the Grateful Dead. Weir founded and played in several other bands during and after his career with the Grateful Dead, including Kingfish, the Bob Weir Band and the Midnites, Scaring the Children, RatDog, Furthur which he co-led with former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh. In 2015, along with former Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, joined with Grammy-winning singer/guitarist John Mayer to form the band Dead & Company; the band remains active. During his career with the Grateful Dead, Weir played rhythm guitar and sang many of the band's rock-n-roll and country & western tunes. In 1994, he was inducted into The Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Grateful Dead. Weir was born in San Francisco, California to John Parber and a fellow college student, who gave him up for adoption.
He began playing guitar at age thirteen after less successful experimentation with the piano and the trumpet. He had trouble in school because of undiagnosed dyslexia and he was expelled from nearly every school he attended, including Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton and Fountain Valley School in Colorado, where he met future Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow. On New Year's Eve, 1963, 16-year-old Weir and another underage friend were wandering the back alleys of Palo Alto, looking for a club that would admit them, when they heard banjo music, they followed the music to Dana Morgan's Music Store. Here, a young Jerry Garcia, oblivious to the date, was waiting for his students to arrive. Weir and Garcia spent the night playing music together and decided to form a band; the Beatles influenced their musical direction. "The Beatles were why we turned from a jug band into a rock'n' roll band," said Bob Weir. "What we saw them doing was impossibly attractive. I couldn't think of anything else more worth doing."
Called Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions, the band was renamed The Warlocks and the Grateful Dead. Weir played rhythm guitar and sang a large portion of the lead vocals through all of the Dead's 30-year career. In the fall of 1968, the Dead played some concerts without Ron "Pigpen" McKernan; these shows, with the band billed as "Mickey and the Hartbeats", were intermixed with full-lineup Grateful Dead concerts. In his biography of Jerry Garcia, Blair Jackson notes, "Garcia and Lesh determined that Weir and Pigpen were not pulling their weight musically in the band… Most of the band fights at this time were about Bobby's guitar playing." Late in the year, the band took Weir and Pigpen back in full-time. The incident led to a period of significant growth in Weir's guitar playing. Phil Lesh said that when drummer Mickey Hart left the band temporarily in early 1971, he was able to hear Weir's playing more than and "I found myself astonished and excited beyond measure at what Bobby was doing." Lesh described Weir's playing as "quirky and goofy" and noted his ability to play on the guitar chord voicings that one would hear from a keyboard.
In the late 1970s, Weir began to experiment with slide guitar techniques and perform certain songs during Dead shows using the slide. His unique guitar style is influenced by the hard bop pianist McCoy Tyner and he has cited artists as diverse as John Coltrane, the Rev. Gary Davis, Igor Stravinsky as influences. Weir's first solo album Ace appeared in 1972, with the Grateful Dead performing as the band on the album, though credited individually. Included in this line-up were Keith Godchaux and his wife Donna, both of whom would be in the band by the time of the album's release. A live version of the album's best-known song, "Playing in the Band", had been issued on the Skull & Roses album of the previous year. While continuing to perform as a member of the Grateful Dead, in 1975 and 1976 Weir played in the Bay Area band Kingfish with friends Matt Kelly and Dave Torbert, he contributed to Kelly's 1987 album A Wing and a Prayer, on Relix Records. In 1978 he fronted the Bob Weir Band with Brent Mydland, who joined the Grateful Dead the following year.
In 1980 he formed another side band and the Midnites. Shortly before Garcia's death in 1995, Weir formed another band, RatDog Revue shortened to RatDog. In RatDog Weir sings covers by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, Willie Dixon while performing many Grateful Dead songs. In addition, Ratdog performs many of their own originals, most of which were released on the album Evening Moods. In 2002, most notably bassist Robin Sylvester replaced founding bassist Rob Wasserman. Weir has participated in the various reformations of the Grateful Dead's members, including 1998, 2000, 2002 stints as The Other Ones and in 2003, 2004 and 2009 as The Dead. In 2008 he performed in the two Deadheads for Obama concerts. In 2009 Bob Weir and Phil Lesh formed a new band called Furthur—so-named in honor of Ken Kesey's famous psychedelically-painted bus. In 2011, Weir founded the Tamalpais Research Institute known as TRI Studios. TRI is a high-tech recording studio and virtual music venue, used to stream live concerts over the internet in high-definition.
In 2012, Weir toured with Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes, singer/songwriter Jackie Greene as the Weir, Robinson, & Greene Acoustic Trio. Weir resuscitated Ratdog in March 2013; the Ratdog Q
Psychedelic rock is a diverse style of rock music inspired, influenced, or representative of psychedelic culture, centred around perception-altering hallucinogenic drugs. The music is intended to replicate and enhance the mind-altering experiences of psychedelic drugs, most notably LSD. Many psychedelic groups differ in style, the label is applied spuriously. Originating in the mid-1960s among British and American musicians, the sounds of psychedelic rock invokes three core effects of LSD: depersonalization and dynamization. Musically, the effects may be represented via novelty studio tricks, electronic or non-Western instrumentation, disjunctive song structures, extended instrumental segments; some of the earlier 1960s psychedelic rock musicians were based in folk and the blues, while others showcased an explicit Indian classical influence called "raga rock". In the 1960s, there existed two main variants of the genre: the whimsical British pop-psychedelia and the harder American West Coast acid rock.
While "acid rock" is sometimes deployed interchangeably with the term "psychedelic rock", it refers more to the heavier and more extreme ends of the genre. The peak years of psychedelic rock were between 1966 and 1969, with milestone events including the 1967 Summer of Love and the 1969 Woodstock Rock Festival, becoming an international musical movement associated with a widespread counterculture before beginning a decline as changing attitudes, the loss of some key individuals and a back-to-basics movement, led surviving performers to move into new musical areas; the genre bridged the transition from early blues and folk-based rock to progressive rock and hard rock, as a result contributed to the development of sub-genres such as heavy metal. Since the late 1970s it has been revived in various forms of neo-psychedelia; as a musical style, psychedelic rock attempted to replicate the effects of and enhance the mind-altering experiences of hallucinogenic drugs, incorporating new electronic sound effects and recording effects, extended solos, improvisation.
Common features include: electric guitars used with feedback, wah wah and fuzzbox effects units. The term "psychedelic" was coined in 1956 by psychiatrist Humphry Osmond first as an alternative descriptor for hallucinogenic drugs in the context of psychedelic psychotherapy; as the countercultural scene developed in San Francisco, the terms acid rock and psychedelic rock were used in 1966 to describe the new drug-influenced music and were being used by 1967. The terms psychedelic rock and acid rock are used interchangeably, but acid rock may be distinguished as a more extreme variation, heavier, relied on long jams, focused more directly on LSD, made greater use of distortion. In the popular music of the early 1960s, it was common for producers and engineers to experiment with musical form, unnatural reverb, other sound effects; some of the best known examples are Phil Spector's Wall of Sound production formula and Joe Meek's use of homemade electronics for acts like the Tornados. XTC's Andy Partridge interprets the music of psychedelic groups as a "grown-up" version of children's novelty records, believing that many acts were trying to emulate those records that they grew up with.
There was no transition to be made. You go from things like'Flying Purple People Eater' to'I Am the Walrus', they go hand-in-hand." Music critic Richie Unterberger says that attempts to "pin down" the first psychedelic record are therefore "nearly as elusive as trying to name the first rock & roll record". Some of the "far-fetched claims" include the instrumental "Telstar" and the Dave Clark Five's "massively reverb-laden" "Any Way You Want It"; the first mention of LSD on a rock record was the Gamblers' 1960 surf instrumental "LSD 25". A 1962 single by The Ventures, "The 2000 Pound Bee", issued forth the buzz of a distorted, "fuzztone" guitar, the quest into "the possibilities of heavy, transistorised distortion" and other effects, like improved reverb and echo began in earnest on London's fertile rock'n' roll scene. By 1964 fuzztone could be heard on singles by P. J. Proby, the Beatles had employed feedback in "I Feel Fine", their 6th consecutive No. 1 hit in the UK. American folk singer Bob Dylan was a massive influence on mid 1960s rock music.
He led directly to the creation of folk rock and the psychedelic rock musicians that followed, his lyrics were a touchstone for the psychedelic songwriters of the late 1960s. Virtuoso sitarist Ravi Shankar had begun in 1956 a mission to bring Indian classical music to the West, inspiring jazz and folk musicians.
Johnnie Johnson (musician)
Johnnie Clyde Johnson was an American pianist who played jazz and rock and roll. His work with Chuck Berry led to his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for breaking racial barriers in the military, as he was a Montford Point Marine - where the African-American unit endured racism and inspired social change while integrating the all-white Marine Corps during World War II. Johnson was born in Fairmont, West Virginia, he began playing the piano in 1928. He joined the United States Marine Corps during World War II and became a member of Bobby Troup's all-serviceman jazz orchestra, the Barracudas. After his service, he moved to Detroit and Chicago, where he sat in with many notable artists, including Muddy Waters and Little Walter, he moved to St. Louis, Missouri, in 1952 and assembled a jazz and blues group, the Sir John Trio, with the drummer Ebby Hardy and the saxophonist Alvin Bennett; the three had a regular engagement at the Cosmopolitan Club, in East St. Louis.
On New Year's Eve 1952, Bennett had a stroke and could not perform. Johnson, searching for a last-minute replacement, called a young man named Chuck Berry, the only musician Johnson knew who, because of his inexperience, would not be playing on New Year's Eve. Although a limited guitarist, Berry added vocals and showmanship to the group. Bennett was not able to play after his stroke, so Johnson hired Berry as a permanent member of the trio. Berry took one of their tunes, a reworking of Bob Wills's version of "Ida Red", to Chess Records in 1955; the Chess brothers liked the song, soon the trio were in Chicago recording "Maybellene" and "Wee Wee Hours" – a song Johnson had been playing as an instrumental for years, for which Berry wrote some lyrics. "Maybellene" got Berry and Johnson onto the Billboard charts in 1955. Berry got signed as a solo act, Johnson and Hardy became part of Berry's band. Said Johnson, "I figured we could get better jobs with Chuck running the band, he had a car and rubber wheels beat rubber heels any day."
Over the next 20 years, the two collaborated on many of Berry's songs, including "School Days", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Carol", "Nadine". The song "Johnny B. Goode" was a tribute to Johnson, with the title referring to Johnson's behavior when he was drinking. Berry and Johnson played and toured together on & off, until 1973. Although never on his payroll after 1973, Johnson played with Berry until he sued Berry over songwriting credits & royalties. Johnson was known to have a serious drinking problem. In Berry's autobiography, he wrote that he had declared there would be no drinking in the car while the band was on the road. Johnson and his bandmates complied with the request by putting their heads out the window. Johnson denied the story but said he did drink on the road. Johnson quit drinking in 1991, after nearly suffering a stroke on stage with Eric Clapton. Aside from songwriting and performing with Chuck Berry, Johnson made many significant contributions to blues & rock and roll. Johnson was the leader of Albert Kings's rhythm section during Albert's most prolific and most musically significant period.
Johnson served as one of the cornerstones of the St. Louis blues scene. In the early and mid 80s he was a member of The Sounds of The City, with Larry Thurston, bassist Gus thornton, guitarist Tom Maloney. Johnnie performed all over St Louis with Tommy Bankhead, Oliver Sain, many significant blues artists throughout their lives. Johnson received little recognition until the Chuck Berry concert documentary Hail! Hail! Rock'n' Roll was released in 1987. Johnnie stood out in the performances in the film; the experience forged a permanent bond between him, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Steve Jordan. Although Johnson had been supporting himself as a bus driver in St. Louis, the exposure and experience of the film helped him return to headlining, he recorded his first solo album, Blue Hand Johnnie, that year. Having worked in St. Louis, Johnnie now returned to performing all over the world. Eric Clapton hired him as a featured artist for his annual Royal Albert Hall blues shows. Keith Richards employed Johnnie in the Xpensive Winos.
Johnson toured worldwide as a solo artist, released records produced by Keith Richards, Jimmy Vivino, Al Kooper. He performed with Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley and George Thorogood on Thorogood's 1995 live album Live: Let's Work Together. In 1996 and 1997, Johnson toured with Bob Weir's band, playing 67 shows. In 1997, Raymond Cantrell, Stevie Lee Dodge made up the St. Charles Blues Trio. In 1998, Johnson told Doug Donnelly of Monroenews.com that "Johnny B. Goode" was a tribute to him. "I played no part in nothing of Johnny B. Goode," Johnson said. "On other songs, Chuck and I worked together, but not that one. We were playing one night, I think it was Chicago, he played it. Afterward, he told me it was a tribute to me, he did it on his own. I didn't know nothing about it, it was never discussed." A biography of Johnson, Father of Rock and Roll: The Story of Johnnie B. Goode Johnson, by Travis Fitzpatrick, was published in 1999; the book was entered into the annual Pulitzer Prize competition by Congressman John Conyers and garnered Johnson more recognition.
Johnson received a Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 2000. Johnson's final album, Johnnie Be Eighty, and Still Bad!, was recorded in St. Louis in late 2004, consisting of all original songs written with the producer, Jeff Alexander, a first for Johnson; the album was released the same week he died in April 2005 and contains the biographical Beach Weather and Lucky Four. In 2005, he played piano on St