Birthday Funk Podcast with the Greyboy Allstars and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe

jamband podcast, live music podcastIt is time to get funky folks with the latest podcast from Soundcentury. I just turned 40 years old today and I am not going sky diving. I did not buy a shiny red convertible and I am not staring at myself in the mirror wondering where the time went to. Oh no my friends. I am releasing a funky compilation of live music by two bands that both know how to take you down to the funky part of town.

This podcast brings together a mix of live cuts from Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and the Greyboy Allstars. As usual, I dug through lot’s of live shows  and ended up choosing a selection of tracks pulled from live performances across the U.S. between 2003 and 2013.

All you have to do is turn up the volume, put on your dancing shoes and let loose like you are turning 40. Because you know, as an old wise man once told me, things don’t start really cookin’ until you hit 40.

Thanks for listening and I hope you have as much fun listening to this as I do 🙂

Special thanks as always to the live tapers who set up their gear, listen a little bit closer and take the time to share their recordings. This podcast would not happen without you all!

Another jam band podcast in the books!

Rock on…

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and Greyboy Allstar Podcast Playlist
Look out 7/5/03 (Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe)
Still Waiting 6/1/13 (Greyboy Allstars)
Sunday School 7/2/06 (Greyboy Allstars)
Freedom 7/5/03 (Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe)
Cramp Your Style 4/8/06 (Greyboy Allstars)
Everybody Knows That 3/16/13 (Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe)
Breaking Blood 6/1/13 (Greyboy Allstars)
When I’m Kissing My Love 7/2/06 (Greyboy Allstars)


Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Live Music Podcast

The Grateful Dead have always been one of my favorite bands to listen to winter, spring, summer or fall. I am especially keen to their sound in 1974. I love that year. When you have a band like the Grateful Dead who have made such a massive cultural impact across the planet, it is inevitable that others are going to want to play your music.

Just about every extremely popular musical act has inspired the creation of a cover band somewhere. It makes sense. It’s a proven musical recipe that peoples ears crave and so you really can’t go wrong. It would be interesting to find out which band inspired the most amount of cover bands. I would imagine it would be a band like the Beatles. Who knows. Maybe someone has already looked into it.

There are lots of cover bands out there and if you walk into a local watering hole on a Friday or Saturday night in most towns in America, there is a good chance that you will encounter a group of guys jamming out some classic Zeppelin or AC/DC tunes to an over-served sweaty crowd reliving the glory days of their youth. You will most certainly also hear. “Fuck yeah! This song rocks! I saw this live. Front row.”

There are some cover bands out there that try to recreate the original sound with little or no changes. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead is not one of them. If you like the Grateful Dead and have not had a chance to see this band or listen to them, you need to give it a go.

They absolutely take the Dead’s sound to a new place. The structure of any given song is for the most part kept in place, but they tend to rip through the parts faster with a bit more electric rock n’ roll edge.

The members of the band, Joe Russo on drums, Dave Dreiwitz on bass, Marco Benevento on the keys, Scott Metzger on guitar and Tom Hamilton also on the guitar, collectively mold together the intricate pattern of sounds of the vast Grateful Dead catalog with ease, clarity and power.

If you were ever at a Dead show and thought to yourself that it would be cool if these songs were rocked out just a tad more with a bit more zip during say a super extended slow jam or perhaps after a few slower tunes in any given dead set, than you were thinking of perhaps the same things the guys in this band were thinking when they sat down to play their first show in Brooklyn, NYC back in 2013.

At the end of the day, Joe Russo Almost Dead brings fire and energy to any show they play. They happen to be primarily covering the music of the Grateful Dead but their sound is bigger than that.

I look at it like a weird rock and roll experiment that is going on right now. Each night when each of these outstanding musicians steps on stage, they seem to be seeing how far and radical they can get with the Dead’s sound. And, they do go far. And, they go fast and its wild but its grounded by crafty musicianship that happens when a musical chemistry experiment is a success.

The members of Joe Russo Almost Dead could be playing anything. At present, they have chosen to rock out the Grateful Dead and its a treat to hear their take on the songs. Who knows how long they will keep doing it but for now they are out there having a good time and you should make it a point to hear it while you can.

Have a listen to this podcast. It’s a scorcher. It mixes up songs from 7 handpicked shows recorded between 2013 and 2016. I had a blast putting it together and now I get to sit back and rock out to it. Yesterday, I went on a beautiful 9 mile mountain bike ride near my home in Orono, Maine while listening and it kept me moving fast.

I hope you enjoy it as well 🙂

Throwing Stones > Hey Bulldog Jam > Throwing Stones 11/12/16 > Loose Lucy 12/31/16 > Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion 10/10/14 > Born Crosseyed Jam 12/31/16 > Cumberland Blues 12/27/13 > Drums 12/31/16 > Mr. Charlie 5/24/15 > Casey Jones 11/26/16 > Fire on the Mountain 12/27/13 > Franklins Tower 11/26/16 > Good Lovin’ 12/31/16


Rest In Peace Colonel Bruce Hampton

I was shocked and saddened today to learn that Colonel Bruce Hampton died on stage playing with friends in Atlanta on his 70th birthday. Hampton was a legend in the jam band community and a leader of the incredibly funky Aquarium Rescue Unit. I was able to see him perform with the Unit several times at the Wetlands in New York City over the years and each show was memorable in its own right. Hampton will be greatly missed. Here is a track from an Aquarium Rescue Unit performance from 11/20/93 at the Wetlands. It’s title, “No Reason to Complain” seemed fitting for how he left the world.