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Bob Weir & Ratdog

A founding member of the Grateful Dead, Bob Weir's musical legacy (separate from its cultural implications) will be of an utterly strange rhythm guitar player and songwriter who grew up in one of the most lasting outside bands of the 1960s. Playing with the Dead until their dissolution following the death of Jerry Garcia in 1995, Weir has since made his musical homes in Ratdog and the Other Ones.

Born in 1947 and adopted by a rich California engineer, Weir's intense, undiagnosed dyslexia gave him trouble at school. He was labeled a troublemaker and shipped off to boarding school, where he met future songwriting partner John Perry Barlow. After being kicked out of the school, Weir returned to the Bay Area, where he bummed around the burgeoning folk scene and came into contact with musicians like Jerry Garcia, New Riders of the Purple Sage founder David Nelson, and Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen. A series of jug bands eventually morphed into the electrified Warlocks who, in turn, became the Grateful Dead following a series of gigs at Ken Kesey's Acid Tests.

Weir developed his odd rhythm style playing between the sweet, articulated lead guitar of Jerry Garcia and the avant-garde bass lines of Phil Lesh, who joined the Dead as a newcomer to his instrument after studying trumpet and serial music with composer Luciano Berio at Mills College in the early '60s. The Dead's sound, a psychedelic hybrid of genres, was developed through endless improvisation. Weir's role as a rhythm player was to give force and color to the developing music. Like a jazz guitarist, Weir was often not evident in the mix, but still a profound shape on the sound.

Weir's earliest songwriting efforts mirrored those of Garcia and Lesh, though less successfully. By the early '70s, he had crossed paths with Barlow again and the two began their creative relationship in earnest. Soon, Weir was producing songs in his own distinct style -- a blend of Americana and the odd voicings he specialized in. As the health of Dead frontman Ron "Pigpen" McKernan waned, Weir found his rich baritone increasingly at the center of attention and developed a stage personality to match it. His first solo album, Ace, released in 1972, featured Weir backed by the rest of the Dead.

Through the late '70s, and especially during the Dead's year off in 1975, Weir toured and recorded with a number of groups, including Kingfish and Bobby and the Midnites. Kingfish was by far the most successful of these efforts. Listened to in retrospect, Bobby and the Midnites sounds grounded in the period. More importantly, though, Weir's guitar style was developed in specific response to the situation of the Grateful Dead and rarely works successfully without his counterparts in Garcia and Lesh.

The Dead remained Weir's primary gig through the 1980s and the first half of the 1990s, touring incessantly and finally scoring success with their 1987 album In the Dark. As Garcia's dependence on drugs increased, Weir found himself increasingly in the position of de facto bandleader. When Garcia died in 1995, Weir had recently formed the Ratdog Revue (soon shortened to Ratdog), with bassist Rob Wasserman (with whom he had been playing duo shows since the late '80s) and former Primus drummer Jay Lane.

Through a revolving lineup, the band -- like the Dead -- toured incessantly, working their way through clubs and theaters, building both a repertoire of new Weir compositions and reworked Dead songs as well as an original sound. In 2000, Ratdog released their first album, Evening Moods to mixed reviews. In the summers of 1998 and 2000, Weir reunited with several former Dead bandmates to tour as the Other Ones, releasing a live album in 1999. Weir continues to develop as a bandleader and an elder for new generations of jam bands. ~ Jesse Jarnow, Rovi
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This song feels good
ossiblue69
...make that write this review?
ossiblue69
Weir's guitar style...rare l y works successfully without his counterparts in Garcia and Lesh.
Very odd statement along with utterly strange rhythm guitar player.
Life long musicians often refer to him as a genius rhythm player.
I guess if your expecting someone to just whack a few chords you may right this review.
Bobby's rythym gittar in some jams sounds like a giant rack of bells adding a wonderful layer on the places they discover musically.
THE GOODEST S**T EVER!!!!!!
love this song but I still wanna hear victim of the crime
who reviews anyway? gotta luv ol Bob. always a fun show. even 2 day kids. the vibe shud continue. the people change. now I bring my kids and as I once did they c the band do Truckin for their 1st time. keep comming u youngins and bring all that creativity. unclejohnsfa r m
Miss them! !
That is an effin depressing revue.That is my family u r talkin about.Jerry, Bobby, Mickey, Billy, and Brent....I LOVE U ALL
Haha this review makes it sound like GD wasn't successful until In The Dark came out. They made money touring, not through popular albums, though American Beauty and Workingman's Dead years earlier were certainly a huge success. Duh
Bobby Two Guns!!!
sounds good to me...
i love ratdog they should start touring again
kvons1
GRATE-ful as ever! Thanks for all the many years Bob Weir.
brianbarton9 3 7 1
Luv Me Sum Ratdog Whatup Bobby
More RatDog Please!
jeff.reinhar d t
gotta love Bobby tunes
Keep it up Bobby we all love you
never_sarcas t i c
phil is better and thus has more good stuff for pandora 2 play.
kcchuns
They could use more live Ratdog on pandora.... Phil has a lot on here.
ive been off and on tour since 7.4.'90
and i enjoy ratdog as much as the ol GD
Bobby, the rockstar, I miss all of you guys sooo much!! You were a HUGE part of my teenage years and inspired me to travel the country for a few years, and met plenty of awesome people & experiences! One of the last things I did before coming home for good was to see you & Phil at Maritime Hall. Will always remember you guys!! R.I.P. Jerry!!! Love you all!!
jennsquires7 7
I love me some Bobby. Can't wait to see him and Phil and the rest together again this spring.
dragongod21
BOB WEIR like the rest of GD is AMAzing i have seen him a coul;le of times AT Gathering Of the Vibes!!!
they need more ratdog on here.bobby is the best.

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