Bob Weir, John Mayer talk possible Dead & Company studio album
April 13, 2016 12:10 PM
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Dead & Company, from left: Oteil Burbridge, Mickey Hart, Bob Weir, Bill Kruetzmann, John Mayer and Jeff Chimenti.
By Scott Mervis / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
It’s been a long wait for new studio material from the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, last heard from in 2000 with the Ratdog album “Evening Moods.”
There was talk last year that Weir was working on an album of “cowboy songs” with Josh Kaufman and Josh Ritter, but he’s also opened the door to recording with Dead & Company, the band formed in 2015 in the wake of last summer’s Fare The Well shows.
Dead & Company, which features Grateful Dead members Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kruetzmann with John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge, is set to launch its second tour in June (and play the First Niagara Pavilion July 13).
In a recent teleconference, frontmen Weir and Mayer expressed interest in working together in the studio.
“I’m open to any of it,” Weir said, prompting Mayer to chime in, “I’m open to anything that — how do I put this? — that could really take strong root on a musical level, that can really validate itself on a musical level.”
Mayer furthered the gardening metaphor, saying, “It would have to sort of come out of the earth. It can’t be planted from above the soil. It would have to be something, and I think it could be. There’s no reason it couldn’t be. I would actually be very interested to see what the band could do as composers and as improvisers.”
“Using John’s imagery,” Weir added, “I’ll just say that I think it’s fertile ground...We have a lot of ground to cover before we get to that place, but I think we’re getting there...it’s in the back of everybody’s heads.”
The Grateful Dead ended its discography with “Built to Last” in 1989, six years before the death of Jerry Garcia.
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