JGB – really Jerry – was all about spontaneity and absence of centralized control when he easily could have insisted on another way. Perhaps that is what made him so compelling. The risks he took and the depth of his sincerity were clear to anyone who listened carefully. This version of “Mission” exemplifies Jerry as a gifted songwriter, vocalist and improvisational guitarist.
Hoddinott’s country, rock and jazz-inflected playing carried the original Kingfish sound, be it twanging away on a country cover by Marty Robbins, ’70s soul-noodling on a Bob Weir composition like “Lazy Lightnin’/Supplication,” or artfully propelling Kingfish originals such as “Asia Minor” and “Hypnotize.”
The cuts on Ocean are akin to soundscapes, or tone poems, which run from 11- to 14-minutes in length. Chen, Kaiser, Smith and Winant provide unique food for thought for those patient enough to take it in.
Emerging from Colorado back in 2005, Great American Taxi fused the Leftover Salmon-soaked vibe of Vince Herman with some of Boulder’s best roots players. More than a decade later, the group, minus Herman and a few other earlier pioneers, is still rolling and just released its fourth CD.
In honor of his 69th birthday, TipJar remembers sitting down with Bob Weir in March of 2004 in Boulder, where the conversation ranged from song selection and his ongoing enthusiasm for performing to his then recently developed facial hair and unique exercise routines. Happy Birthday Bob!
The band’s devotion to unfettered musical exploration and the hippie ethos of keeping it real shines through on this 1969 Capitol Records live recording taken from performances at the Fillmore East and Fillmore West.