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Podcast #37- Conversation with Ashley Beth

Podcast #37- Conversation with Ashley Beth

Podcast #37- Conversation with Ashley Beth

This weeks podcast I got the opportunity to talk to & become friends with Ashley Beth- a fantastic woman and the singer for the band Sugar Lime Blue!

The connection to a Grateful Dead based podcast and the connection with Sugar Lime Blue reveals its self throughout our conversation, and within the music selection. One of the most important roots of Deadheads- and the people who follow Sugar Lime Blue, is community. How this podcast came to be is the ultimate expression of that sense of community- a Deadhead & Huge Sugar Lime Blue Fan, (or perhaps Sugar Lime Blue Head?) suggested we talk many, many times on Twitter- and sent an email saying how much he would enjoy this podcast- thank you to pjl1015-  I was into it,  Strangers Stopping Strangers is all about meeting new like minded people, and was thrilled when Ashley was up for it too!

While there are many things I love about this conversation, one of the coolest is Ashley’s perspective as song writer- singer and a member of a band. It is not that often that you get an opportunity to have such insightful conversation- with someone so relate-able about such topics. And most of all- we had so much FUN!

The best way to find out whats happening with music and tours of Sugar Lime Blue is their website www.sugarlimeblue.com – you can also find them on YouTube ( they do a super cool Sunday shout out eachweek) and of course on Facebook- Twitter and Instagram.

Thank you & enjoy-

Featured Music~

Grateful Dead- Althea, Uptown Theater, Chicago IL, December 5, 1979

Sugar Lime Blue- Morning Dew- Dead Covers Project

Sugar Lime Blue- Flying- Studio

Grateful Dead- Cold Rain And Snow- Uptown Theater, Chicago IL, December 5,1979

 

 

 

 

 

 

Podcast #37- Conversation with Ashley Beth

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Podcast #36- Conversation with Jason Fisher

Podcast #36- Conversation with Jason Fisher

Podcast #36- Conversation with Jason Fisher

This podcast was the outcome of Jason sending me a message! After listening to a few episodes, he wrote in a note,  about enjoying a new podcast, which makes me so happy! I emailed him back, we chatted once & this is our second conversation- as always centered around fantastic music picks.

Jason tells us about getting into different music as a teenager and feeling his way around. After getting into Widespread Panic, and a taste of tour shows- he took a deeper dive in. Years later Jason listens to The Dead more than ever before, and is creating memories and experiences with his family that I am sure will be formative to their childhoods – bonus song- both Jackson and Evangeline’s favorite tunes- maybe 6 songs is the new 5 :)??

The first song pick- Let it Rock, by late and great Chuck Berry ( chosen weeks before his death) & my fascination of musical influences, past- present and future in this genre, sets us on an organic theme -which was so much fun to discuss!

Thank you & enjoy-

Featured Music~

Grateful Dead- Let It Rock, Jai Alai Fronton, Miami FL, June 23, 1974

Grateful Dead- Dark Hollow, Ladies and Gentleman……..the Grateful Dead, Fillmore East, NYC, NY, April 25-29, 1974

The National- Morning Dew, Day Of The Dead Album

Dead And Company- St Stephen, Alpine Valley, East Troy, WI, July 19, 2016

Grateful Dead- Jack A Roe, Dozin’ At The Knick, Knickerbocker Arena, Albany NY, March 24-26, 1990

Grateful Dead- He’s Gone, Springfield Civic Center, Springfield MA, March 28, 1973

 

 

 

 

 

 

Podcast #36- Conversation with Jason Fisher

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Podcast #35- Conversation with Eli Burg

Podcast #35- Conversation with Eli Burg

Podcast #35- Conversation with Eli Burg

This weeks podcast is another in what I hope will be a series of “21st Century Deadheads”!

Eli and I connected a little while back- I had the best time hearing his stories and music picks! Growing up with Deadhead parents, Grateful Dead and other classic tunes were part of his childhood soundtrack. One day during sophomore year in high school Eli surprised his Mom when he came home from school and picked out some Dead to listen to together – and the rest was history…..

Eli got to go to Fare Thee Well in Santa Clara- a pretty amazing first live show- followed up with Dead and Company the next summer at Shoreline…..after that he was in for the live shows hook line and sinker! Eli talks about some experiences where the Grateful Dead (the song Mission In The Rain in particular) provided some comfort with musical therapy- something I can certainly relate to & takes us to a 3 show run of Dark Star Orchestra in Berkeley this past February.

The last couple of stories took us to 2 days before we taped the podcast- so as close to real time as I think I’m gonna get. Eli sneaked in a 6th song- so this podcast is super sized, I think we could have talked and played tunes for hours!  He excitement is infectious- and and I for one cannot wait to hear what is next along the road for Eli- I’m pretty sure it will include a lot of live music!

Featured Music~

Grateful Dead- Monkey And The Engineer- Reckoning- September/October 1980

Fare Thee Well – Feels Like A Stranger- Levi Stadium, Santa Clara CA, June 28, 2015

Dead And Company- Shakedown Street, Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View CA, July 30, 2016

Grateful Dead- Mission In The Rain, Capitol Theater, Passaic NJ, June 18, 1976

Dark Star Orchestra- Deal, U.C. Berkeley Theater, Berkeley CA, February 17, 2017

Grateful Dead- The Wheel, Greek Theater, Berkeley CA, May 14, 1983

 

 

 

 

 

 

Podcast #35- Conversation with Eli Burg

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Podcast #34- Conversation with Ira Haberman

Podcast #34- Conversation with Ira Haberman

Podcast #34- Conversation with Ira Haberman

This weeks podcast I get to talk to Ira Haberman- a man that when Googled comes up as “a storyteller” – so needless to say its a great conversation!

Ira and I met in the way I meet many “strangers” through various social media. Ira hosts a podcast called the Sound Podcast, www.thesoundpodcast.com a fantastic listen- where he speaks with musicians, authors, and others related to music- Grateful Dead  inspired  & into other great genres of music.

One of the thing that is different on this podcast is while most all of the “guests” are strangers when we initially connect, we usually chat on the phone and talk a bit about their back rounds & discuss the music selections. Ira and I talked for the first time on the podcast- so its really a stranger meeting a stranger, hearing and sharing the stories and insights to the community for the first time. We did have a technology blip-  so the back half was recorded a few days later- he refers to an “earlier conversation” on an observation- so do want to come clean on that!

The other thing that is a little different is I ask people to pick 3-5 songs- a difficult task for all.  Ira came back to me with the Help-Slip-Franklin (really that’s just one song, right?!?) and to fully round out his experiences there is a bonus pick of Blow Away-  the collective 6 songs fully highlight each of the band members lead songs & different incarnations of this band beyond description we all love so much!

Featured Music~

Grateful Dead-Jack Straw, Oakland Coliseum, Oakland CA, December 28, 1991

Grateful Dead- Bill Graham Intro- Help on the Way – Slipknot- Franklins Tower, The Great American Hall, August 13, 1975

Grateful Dead- Saint of Circumstance, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale NY, May 15/16 1980

Fare Thee Well- Althea, Soldier Field, Chicago IL, July 5, 2015

Grateful Dead- Eyes of The World, Boston Garden, Boston MA, April 2, 1973

Grateful Dead- Blow Away, JFK Stadium, Philadelphia, PA, July 7, 1989

 

 

 

 

 

 

Podcast #34- Conversation with Ira Haberman

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Podcast #33- Conversation with Papa Bear

Podcast #33- Conversation with Papa Bear

Podcast #33- Papa Bear ~ May The Four Winds Blow You Safely Home

This weeks podcast is an in person conversation! Papa Bear and I got a chance to meet and talk about his journey with The Grateful Dead- the Deadhead community & friends that become family along the way.

We start as many of these stories do at his first show, Sullivan Stadium, Foxboro MA, July 2 1989. Papa Bear didn’t initially pick a song from this show, but after talking about it- we just had to take a side road and add Eyes of the World- the perfect song from that set list for t for the dawning of a new Deadhead.

Papa Bear tells the stories about a close friend that he met shortly after that first show, who was integral to his life discovering new music and philosophies to live by. After the impromptu 7-2-89 music pick the songs chosen are all entwined with this relationship- and the journey they were on together.

We had so much fun-  a lot of laughs and smiles. The extra bonus to getting to meet a “stranger” in person, is getting not just a hopeful plan to see some music together one day- but a firm date & to go out and shake our bones together in the next few months!

Thank you for tuning in- and enjoy!

Featured Music-

Grateful Dead- Eyes of the World , Sullivan Stadium, Foxboro MA, July 2, 1989,

Grateful Dead-Bill Graham Intro- Help on the Way – Slipknot- The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco CA, August 13, 1975

Grateful Dead-Terrapin- Sunrise- University of Vermont Patrick Gymnasium, Burlington VT, May 6, 1978

Jerry Garcia Band- I Be With Thee- Warner Theater, Washington DC, March 18, 1978

 

 

 

 

 

Podcast #33- Conversation with Papa Bear

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