BOUKINATOR wrote:I think it would be weird having someone like JK from DSO... does anyone really want to see them with someone trying to sound like Jerry? I don't.
I think the concensus is in that direction. I mean, c'mon, we're not talking Spinal Tap here. John from DSO for example has put his heart and soul into it. And he's good. That's what counts. You're not propping some schmuck up there and hoping to go back in time. Myself, and other old school heads are looking for the magic. And a big part of that magic comes with some attention to things like tone, and vocal stylizing, etc...
Barraco is a good example of someone who came out of the Dead cover scene and was embraced by the band. Howcome it can't be one of the many smokin' guitarists paying the same honor and respect to Garcia thoroughly with attention to detail?
Jeff Mattson, again, I'll say it, he's light years ahead of Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, Steve Kimock, Larry Campbell, and others, in his ability to cop Jerry's style. Neither one of them are necessarily better. It's just a fit.
I saw Kimock a few months back and they were doing Eyes of the World. I literally had to split. I couldn't believe how whack it sounded.
Mark Karan. Does he even know what reverb is?
Jimmy Herring. Those octave slides and chord comping sound much better in another band.
I'm not slamming these guys. I play myself and I know what it takes to stay on top of the game. And even though it's a done deal, and it was said on another forum I believe, with Warren Haynes, it sounds like The Allman Brothers covering the Grateful Dead. Especially now that Weir is playing with so much gain it's just too much distortion on stage.
I enjoy the discussion though and glad everyone is chiming in so thoughtfully and passionately.
I'll be there on the 13th.