One of the guys is a really accomplished player; guitar, mandolin, fiddle, bass.....not a true blue-grasser, but pretty darn close....can hold his own in that realm, but more country roots, I would say. But he loves the stuff I have introduced to the group, Dead and otherwise. He knew some Dead tunes, Friend Of The Devil, Uncle John's Band, and the Old And In The Way stuff.
So, he had mentioned I Know You Rider. He knew the song, didn't know the Dead did it (many of those situations). So I made a CD for him of some Dead tunes and started it off with China->Rider from Europe '72. I didn't know how he'd react to the China Cat or the Jam, you know, the whole licorice thing.....so I said, "just give me 5 minutes of your time and get through that part til Rider comes along".
Well, here was his feedback.....
Well, I just drove back from dinner listening to those first 2 Dead songs for the 4th time today!! You were wrong about me having to just "get through" the that first jammin stuff before "Rider" starts! That whole intro/song thing before they go into "Rider" and Rider itself is just PHENOMENAL!! I can hardly get enough of it! Never been a "dead head", kinda missed all that! I never realized how good all the players are! drummer, bass, just fantastic, and those 2 lead guitars!! OMG!!