One of the most prolific, and downright interesting, phases of Jerry Garcia‘s musical career was the period in which he took up the pedal steel guitar. He immersed himself in the instrument in 1969 and put it down, with the exception of a few live appearances during a Dylan and The Dead tour in the late 80s, completely in 1974.
In that relatively short period of time, he contributed some fine pedal steel work to Grateful Dead releases such as “Workingman’s Dead” and “American Beauty,” as well as his first solo project. And it was a certain session on said instrument backing Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young that garnered the most attention.
We’ll have a pretty fair sampling of his session work tonight, everyone from Link Wray, Paul Pena, Jefferson Airplace, to Brewer & Shipley of “One Toke Over The Line” fame. And you’d better know we plan to include the legendary band that Jerry teamed-up with John “Marmaduke” Dawson to form, in large part, as a vehicle for Jerry’s pedal steel playing, The New Riders of the Purple Sage.
Redbud Radio airs at Midnight (Eastern) Saturday night/Sunday morning on WICR 88.7 FM in Indianapolis and Sunday evening at 6PM (Central) on Dewberry Jam Community Radio in San Antonio, Texas.
Not in Indy? Not a problem!
The show will be posted here on the site later this week and remains on our player for 7 days.