As a product of the San Francisco Bay Area in the late seventies, I struggled with social pressure to embrace the Grateful Dead. My friends are I needed more structured music and found that the Progressive music of the time to fill that need. Most of the bands by 1979 had had reach their climax and were on the way out. Genesis without Peter Gabriel, YES without Rick Wakeman, etc.
After a friend began to listen exclusively to the Dead, I began to seek out more than the bands of the time: (Blondie, Black Flag, Circle Jerks). After a fabulous psychedelic trip at a Grateful Dead show in 1983, I succumbed to the jones of the Dead.
After the Dead departed (Jerry) I was searching for the sound. At a Phil Lesh show in Berkeley, I discovered Hot Buttered Rum String Band (HBR). This peaked my interest in Bluegrass. This brings us back to the Dead roots that Jerry and David Grisman played prior to the Warlocks.
Today I am still searching for the sound......