Stephen Inglis manages to find open space in the sometimes crowded field of Grateful Dead tributes. On Cut the Dead Some Slack, the Honolulu-based troubadour (with vocal harmony assistance from radio host and musician David Gans) offers a pleasing array of acoustic-based Grateful Dead covers.
The audience danced, sang and grooved to the consistently inspired sound of the tight four-piece, which included Jay Lane on drums and Wavy Dave Burlingame on bass. It was a magical evening that demonstrated the power of live music performed by a talented band in a relaxed setting.
New releases by MiZ and Boris Garcia keep the dream alive . . .
Steve Kimock’s new CD Satellite City features him in a mix of styles, from his trademark explorational improvisation to song-based fare featuring Leslie Mendelson. TipJar was lucky enough to chat with Steve about his new release and to get into some fun side tangents about his early years in San Francisco.
Over the years, Los Angeles musicians Mark Tremalgia, Randy Ray Mitchel, Paul Ill and Don Potruch have loaned their skills to artists including Bob Weir, Butch Trucks, Linda Perry and Billy Gibbons. Now they’ve come together as the Disreputable Few
With a carefully crafted batch of songs and superlative musicianship, this CD reflects the soulful creative mission of San Francisco Bay Area music critic and talented tunesmith Deborah Grabien.