Well here's something about Dead songs for a 3-piece band. I am about to start a new band but for the moment it's just me and the bass player. Finally I've found someone who agrees to do Dead songs! We also want to do Dylan songs and blues classics and some Allman Brothers, Cream, an occasional Beatles song and stuff like that, but on our first encounter we have been jamming on Bertha, New Speedway Boogie and Sugaree and it went well for being the first time. I can sing Jerry songs alright but haven't got the kind of voice for Bob songs, so some others we might try next time are Loser, Easy Wind (well that's Pigpen but I still can handle it), Cumberland Blues (requires a harmony voice but the other guy does some singing too) and maybe even China/Rider. My idea for China is to play the Bob part for the intro only and then just concentrate on the Jerry part, for the time being. Some more who might work: Candyman, Friend Of the Devil, Ripple (maybe acoustic), Dire Wolf, Big Railroad Blues, Bird Song, Deal. (This should give you an idea about what my favorite GD era is...) The next step will be to find a drummer so we will at least be able to operate as a band. Of course there is something missing without a second guitarist, preferably one who also sings. But it's kind of hard to find a guitar player who can do (or is willing to do) the Bob part, especially in this part of the world... Until we find that person, I'll just try to arrange some songs so they work in a 3-piece setting, strip them to the bones if necessary, concentrate on the essentials. First you got to have the song structure down, then you can work on the details. And then - there is no such thing as a GD tribute band scene over here; there may be very few in Europe but not in this part. What we are planning to do will be very much a novelty.