Wicky King wrote:No affiliation, got dragged there on a Tuesday by a buddy who knows one of. Deal is they live in different parts of the country and play like 3/4 times a year in different cities when they can work it in with the logistics of their other bands, so they don't rehearse or anything, which is kind of wild. In terms of DSO or Furthur, I've seen them, from what I saw and heard, Kadlicek and Matson are not in this lead guitarist's league, nor is the DSO drummer or bass player at the level of this rhythm section, just my opinion, of course.
So after watching a couple of the clips, yes these are guys are very good. But your comments in regards to Mattsons and Kadelcik's relative ability and tone are ridiculous.
Just for frame of reference, how old are you? What's your instrument? How long you been playin?
I was doing a google search to find The Other One from our recent Mexicali gig, and happened upon this site and thread. I would agree that Jon took a bizarre approach to give the band some exposure, but that said, I found many of the comments interesting. Of course that approach is destined to get you greeted with antipathy by many right off the bat.
First I'll answer the above poster. I am the lead guitarist, I'm 57 years old, and I've been playing since 1962. I saw my first GD show on 5/5/68 which is I believe, before JK was born. I formed my first Dead cover band Cavalry, in 1969 in Bergen County NJ. From 1969-71 we played many shows with our sister band Cheyenne, led by Van Manakas which specialized in Quicksilver covers and originals. From 1973-1999 I did not play GD music as a professional musician until I got a call from Phil in late '99 after he heard a tape of my playing. That's another story, and it went well musically in spite of the end result. The Electricians were the product of some jams held in Tampa At Skipper's Smokehouse from 2006-2009. After some gigs with TC in '08 in Chicago and Michigan, we decided that the chemistry was worth pursuing in spite of the geographic issues. Our commonality was GD music with the emphasis on improvisation, where we are able to bring in all kinds of influences.
The Electricians are not a tribute band. Ultimately they will not be primarily a GD cover band either, so beyond the obvious, I'm not sure that we fit the paradigm for these comparisons. As Victor (Playing Dead) mentioned, I was in Uncle John's Band Tampa from 2002-2010. As much fun as we had at times, there was always a bit of a disconnect between what I was looking for and that which most of the other members were seeking. I wanted to use the GD "approach" as a springboard, and they wanted to be a tribute band. There was always an inference that I should be more "Jerry" and less "Jazz" which confused me at first. (I thought they'd embrace that more). The GD ethos to me was about finding something, not some neo-conservative attempt at recreation. Anyway, I was in the minority. Soon after I got a call to join the Roy Jay Band (which has The Electricians drummer and bassist,and tours nationally,) I left UJB.
As for the standard bearers like DSO and The Tricksters, they serve a very different purpose and do it admirably. They've chosen to tribute the GD experience for many who couldn't see the GD. That's a good thing. As for JK and Mattson as players, they do what they do very well. Celebrating the great contribution of Jerry. Obviously I tip my hat a lot to the big guy as well, but it's a point of departure. My GD experience is probably pretty different than most, as I saw most of my shows from 68-74 and my Jerry influence is 95% from that. Most of these players do a good job with late period (post-'80) Garcia, with the emphasis more on Americana than Psychedelia, (at least from what I've heard). I really don't see us pursuing similar goals, though it may seem that way superficially.
I'm not sure that this indulgent rant will be received any better than Mr. Ezrine's "stealth fan" posts. Whenever you try to separate yourself from the consensus of what playing GD music is supposed to be, you can get in trouble. We're just a bunch of veteran cats (spare young Mr. Rhea), who all love the GD music and want to play, just like most of you here. The way we all do it is up to us.