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  A Tribute to Jerry Garcia - Jonathan McEuen & Phil Salazar

 


    Fiddler Phil Salazar and guitarist Jonathan McEuen (son of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founding member John McEuen) are the inspired persons behind this tribute project. This is a West Coast bluegrass/Americana rendering of, for the most part, Jerry Garcia songs and, from start to finish, this CD has a fine, mellow groove that gets in your head right away and definitely makes itself at home.    Tunes like "Casey Jones" (the song that will never die), "The Wheel," "Deal," "China Cat Sunflower," "Eyes of the World," and "I Know You Rider" are presented with loving care by Salazar and McEuen and numerous contributors, including McEuen's dad, Johnny Koutzoukis, Rick Borella, Bill Flores, and Daphne Jones. The album opens with a wonderfully understated cover of "Tennessee Jed," set off by Salazar's fluent fiddle, that just smiles at the listener. The song does everything but offer you a seat on the sofa.   There's some good pickin' going on here. Betcha Garcia would have liked this album a lot.

Philip Van Vleck, CD Now

The Pickers
Phil Salazar
Jonathan McEuen
John McEuen
Rick Borella
Bill Flores
Daphne Jones
Roy Jones
Jonathan Raffetto
Jesse Siebenberg
Jody Eulitz
Pat "Knuckles" Patterson
Johnny "The Alligator" Koutzoukis
The Thin Man
The Tunes

1.

Tennessee Jed

2.

Casey Jones

3.

Eyes of the World

4.

Deal

5.

Shady Grove

6.

The Wheel

7.

Franklin's Tower

8.

Pig In A Pen

9.

China Cat Sunflower

10.

I Know You Rider

11.

Don't Let Go

12.

Dead Heat

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