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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion) by Grateful Dead

  Song Of The Day – “The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion) by Grateful Dead One of the many joys of listening to the “Complete Europe ’72″ box set by Grateful Dead has been the many versions of this Pigpen tune. Pig is at his soulful best on this tune…and for a guy who was... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Easy To Slip" by Little Feat

Song Of The Day – “Easy To Slip” by Little Feat This Lowell George classic comes from Little Feat’s 1972 album “Sailin’ Shoes.” Lowell had been a session musician playing oboe and baritone sax on several Frank Sinatra recordings. He formed the band after a stint as a member of Frank Zappa’s Mothers Of Invention... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Rain And Snow" by Obray Ramsey

Song Of The Day – “Rain And Snow” by Obray Ramsey The Grateful Dead’s “Cold Rain And Snow” was based on Ramsey’s version of this traditional favorite. Ramsey was a banjo playing extraordinaire who worked with his cousin Byard Ray in the duo Ray and Ramsey. He was also a member of the group White... Read more »
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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Turn On Your Love Light" by Bobby "Blue" Bland

Song Of The Day – “Turn On Your Love Light” by Bobby “Blue” Bland Drawing on Soul, Gospel, Big Band and the Blues, Bobby Bland has one of the most expressive voices in R’n'B. The meat of his recorded output was released on the Duke record label between 1952 and 1972. This 1961 classic later... Read more »

Eleven Shuffle Songs this Morning

Today we seek inspiration for the week ahead by using the unpredictable nature of the iPod shuffle to generate some musical food for thought. Herein are the eleven songs that came next on the shuffle setting; 1.    Grand Funk – “Hooked on Love” from the album “Closer To Home” That was a nice funky opening... Read more »

Song Of The Day - "Easy Wind" by Grateful Dead

by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “Easy Wind” by Grateful Dead Here’s some musical comfort food for you from the good ol’ Grateful Dead featuring the late great “Pigpen” Ron McKernan on vocals.  Originally from their exceptional “Workingman’s Dead” album, this is a funky live version from 1970 recorded somewhere in Canada probably along the “Festival Express.”  
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Song Of The Day - "Catfish John" by Grateful Dead

by Eric Berman Song Of the Day – “Catfish John” by Grateful Dead Here we have the Grateful Dead studio outtake version of “Catfish John” from the 1976 sessions for their album “Terrapin Station.” This song was originally recorded by the Jerry Garcia Band and released on their 1976 album “Reflections.” This version has a... Read more »

Song Of The Day - "El Paso" by Marty Robbins

by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “El Paso” by Marty Robbins Back in 1959, America was having a love affair with the Wild West with shows like “Gunsmoke” and “The Riflemen” lighting up millions of TV screens. Marty Robbins was a singer/songwriter who had dabbled in Rockabilly, Pop and Country recordings. It was... Read more »

Song Of The Day 12/31/10 - "And We Bid You Goodnight" by Grateful Dead

by Eric Berman Song Of The Day 12-31-10 – “And We Bid You Goodnight” by Grateful Dead As we get ready to put another year to rest, what better way to send you all off than with this standard performed by Grateful Dead.  They had been closing shows with this song for over 25 years... Read more »
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Song Of The Day - "Doin' That Rag" by Grateful Dead

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... Read more »
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