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XPN MusicNotes: Listen to Josh Ritter duet with Bob Weir, hear the first song from Margo Price’s new album

Josh Ritter | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

“The song (with Josh Ritter & Bob Weir) pitches its tent midway between the country, gospel and soul camps, with thickly stacked harmonies that evoke the Dead’s own folk-rock classic American Beauty. Appropriately, Weir lends his warm, weathered voice to two verses. Behind him, a swirl of guitars, organ and brass turns the song into some sort of Americana hymn.” – Rolling Stone

Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter is getting set to release a new album which features a duet with the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir. Continue reading →

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Photo Recap: A Deadhead Revival for Dead And Company at BB&T Pavilion

Dead & Company | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Grateful Dead fans, otherwise known as Deadheads, and John Mayer fans alike, gathered from all over the tristate area last night as Dead & Company headlined a completely sold out show at Camden’s BB&T Pavilion. The entire venue was a sea of tie dye and covered in a haze of smoke as the crowd was taken back to the psychedelic time of the 1970s – when the Grateful Dead (the Dead) were in their prime.

Dead & Company did everything last night just as they did back then – in Grateful Dead style. There was no opener, as always, but kept the crowd captivated with two spectacular sets by all 6 members. As the band walked out on stage and was greeted by a roar of applause and cheering, the band members picked up their instruments and went right into playing “Feel Like a Stranger,” a song off the Dead’s 1980 release, Go To Heaven, immediately turning BB&T Pavilion into a time machine and blasting thousands of people back in time. Continue reading →

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Dead & Company returning to town – listen to interviews with John Mayer and Bob Weir

John Mayer (left) Photo by: Frank Ockenfells, Courtesy of the artist / Bob Weir (right) Photo by: Jay Blakesberg/Courtesy of the artist

Dead & Company return to the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey this Sunday, June 25th. Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir will be joined once again by John Mayer. Recently, Bob Weir and John Mayer made appearances on World Cafe. Mayer was interviewed by World Cafe host Talia Schlanger around the release of Mayer’s recent solo album, The Search For Everything. The Cafe’s David Dye did a session with Bob Weir in November, 2016, around the release of Bob’s album, Blue Mountain.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Christian Scott at South, Caroline Smith at Johnny Brenda’s, Bob Weir at Tower Theater and more…

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Christian Scott | photo via Facebook

A highlight from this month’s Philly Jazz Guide, trumpeter Christian Scott brings his modern take on jazz compositions to South tonight. The New Orleans native released his Stretch Music LP last year, an album that was accompanied by an app that provides an interactive aspect to the listening experience for fans. Check out a behind-the-scenes video of Stretch Music below and pick up tickets for the concert here.

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Only A River” by Bob Weir

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Bob Weir | via Rolling Stone

The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir is releasing a new solo album, Blue Mountain, recorded with Aaron & Bryce Dessner, and Scott Devendorf of The National, and producer Josh Kaufman. While he’s released albums with his band Ratdog, several live recordings of performances with Kingfish and Rob Wasserman, and a collection of live/studio compilation in 2004, Weir Here, Blue Mountain is his first collection of new studio recordings in almost 40 years, when he released Heaven Help The Fool.

On his website, Blue Mountain is called “a deeply personal collection of music inspired by the ranch stories and fireside songs of Bob’s youth.” Continue reading →

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New Music Show Preview with Bob Weir, Butch Walker and more!

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Butch Walker | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

Wow … talk about a busy week for new music. As I write this we just got a new song from Gary Clark Jr, and yes I’ll play it tonight!  We’ll also have a listen to a bunch of albums coming this fall from Dawes, Bon Iver, Billy Bragg & Joe Henry, Mike Doughty and more.  And here’s a little sample of what else we’ve got lined up for you tonight on our New Music Show …

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Listen to a new song by Bob Weir, “Only A River”

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Bob Weir | via Rolling Stone

The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir recently announced a new solo album, Blue Mountain, recorded with Aaron & Bryce Dessner and Scott Devendorf of The National, and producer Josh Kaufman. While he’s released albums with his band Ratdog, several live recordings of performances with Kingfish and Rob Wasserman, and a collection of live/studio compilation in 2004, Weir Here, Blue Mountain is his first collection of new studio recordings in almost 40 years, when he released Heaven Help The Fool.

On his website, Blue Mountain is called “a deeply personal collection of music inspired by the ranch stories and fireside songs of Bob’s youth.” Continue reading →