by Eric Berman
Song Of The Day - "Doin' That Rag" by Grateful Dead from the album "Aoxomoxoa"
To my ears, the Grateful Dead were at their best from 1966 through 1969 when Jerry Garcia played guitar totally differently than he would do later. His guitar playing was more free-wheelin' blues influenced and less exploratory noodling at the beginning. Even though, through the mid-to-late 1980s Jerry Garcia was probably the most original guitar player out there with a singular style all his own. Yes, I was a bit of a Deadhead...darn proud of it too! That said, from the mid '80s on, show was really in the audience and not on the stage...and by the 1990s they were just dreadful. I'm sure I'll get lynched for that statement...in the meantime...I'm just "Doin' That Rag."