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Saturday, March 01, 2014

Ronnie's and Rowan's Returns

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I cannot believe that things were nearly forgotten that should not have been around this late '81 JGB tour, namely that Ronnie Tutt was back on the skins. Somehow that information didn't make it to Garciabase, and thence to TJS, but thankfully Corry Knows and we have the old McNally-Arnold JG List still available. The tour was billed on the Grateful Dead Hotline as "The Return of Ron Tutt".

I haven't seen any of the papers around this tour in particular, but I know that within four months or so Garcia was busy cleaning up what I believe to be the last of the wreckage of Round Records and the original Jerry Garcia Band partnership (initially Garcia-Kahn-Tutt and Hopkins, then just the first three). So, to me, Tutt's late '81 return feels like them generating revenue together to clear away the old financial entanglements binding them. It could have been a payout for Mr. Tutt, which I don't mean in a negative sense, but just in the sense of making sure everything was buttoned up tight. Garcia and Tutt would never play together after this tour.

I like this night's performances much better than the ones in the same space nine months earlier (2/7/81). Nice punchy show. Tutt is an amazing player. Just about every song in the early show makes me stand up and take note. Only Simple Twist and ISTE didn't move me to note something.

Peter Rowan opened. I have a little bit of the same feeling about this as I do about Tutt. Well, not quite the same. With Tutt, I think they were literally taking care of unfinished business. With Rowan, it feels to me more like Garcia is throwing the occasional gig the Rowans' ways to assuage some old guilt. I have no evidence for this, but it's more than just a flier. The end of OAITW, like the end of so many Garcia relationships, seems not to cast the best light on Our Hero. David Grisman was embittered and would have nothing to do with Garcia for many years, not even wanting to talk about him (Forte 1979a, 1979b). But he was also succeeding on his own. While Peter Rowan is now, and rightfully so, a Living Legend, a guy who probably gets to pick and choose where and when and what he wants to play, ca. 1981 I suspect things were a little less comfortable.

Below I paste a table of what I can confirm in terms of a Rowan opening for (or, at least, being co-billed with), Garcia in the post-OAITW era. I don't know if he played the rest of the shows on this tour. I suspect so, but I'd like confirmation before I list them, because assumptions can be fraught.

Table xxx. Rowan and Garcia co-billings post-OAITW

Boston being the Rowans' hometown, I hope this was a nice time for Peter. I'd love to hear the tape if anyone has one.

Jerry Garcia Band
Orpheum Theater
1 Hamilton Place
Boston, MA 0210
November 13, 1981 (Friday)
Frank Streeter MAC flac1644 shnid-123554

--early show (8 tracks, 77:13)--
a-t01. tuning [0:53]
a-t02. Sugaree [11:08] % [0:41]
a-t03. Catfish John [9:21] % [0:22]
a-t04. That's What Love Will Make You Do [9:42] % [0:44]
a-t05. Simple Twist Of Fate [14:08] % [0:15]
a-t06. I Second That Emotion [10:58] % [0:23]
a-t07. Mississippi Moon [10:23] [0:08]
a-t08. Deal [8:54] (1) [0:04] %

--late show (5 tracks, 36:43)--
b-t01. tuning [0:54]
b-t02. The Way You Do The Things You Do [7:20] [0:04] % [0:02]
b-t03. They Love Each Other [7:05] [0:02] % [0:01]
b-t04. [0:09] Valerie [6:55] % [1:02]
b-t05. The Harder They Come [13:01] (2) [0:09]

! ACT1: Jerry Garcia Band #14b
! lineup: Jerry Garcia - el-g, vocals;
! lineup: John Kahn - el-b;
! lineup: Jimmy Warren - electric keyboards;
! lineup: Melvin Seals - organ;
! lineup: Ron Tutt - drums;
! lineup: Julie Stafford - vocals;
! lineup: Liz Stires - vocals.


! Recording: symbols: % = recording discontinuity; / = clipped song; // = cut song; ... = fade in/out; # = truncated timing; [ ] = recorded event time. The recorded event time immediately after the song or item name is an attempt at getting the "real" time of the event. So, a timing of [x:xx] right after a song title is an attempt to say how long the song really was, as represented on this recording.

! TJS:;

! db: (early and late, Greater Boston Deadheads Who Give A Shit Foundation, Nak 700s, shnf; I presume this is Steve Rolfe's tape, but I am not sure); (late show, John Levene, flac1644); (Bob Morris early show + Steve Rolfe late show, flac1644); (early and late Streeter flac1644, this fileset).

! map:,-71.0610765,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89e3709cb51cffcf:0x6575ac76b6bcc90f

! venue:

! band: JGB #14b (

! context: Peter Rowan opened. Late show ended early due to power outage caused by nearby fire.

! R: field recordist: Frank Streeter

! R: field recording gear: 2x Sennheiser 421 -> Sony TC-D5M

! R: field recording media: xx Maxell MX90

! R: Transfer Info: Cassette Master (Sony TC-K677ES) -> Sound Devices 744T (24bit/48k) ->
Adobe Audition v3.0 -> Samplitude Professional v11.2.1 -> FLAC/16 (2 Discs Audio / 1 DVD FLAC), all Transfers and Mastering By Charlie Miller,, January 21, 2013.

! setlist: seeder note: "Late show ended early due to power outage caused by nearby fire"

! R: seeder notes: "Thanks to Frank Streeter for lending me his masters. Thanks to Joe B. Jones for his help with the pitch correction."

! R: very nice tape.

! P: a-t02 Sugaree some very nice guitar work in the 8-minute mark, crowd expresses appropriate enthusiasm.

! P: a-t03 CJ very nice guitar work late 7-minute mark. Jerry sounds good.

! P: a-t04 TWLWMYD Jerry is scorching over 8-minute mark. Wow. These versions from November 1981 are smokin' hot. Tutt is such a rock.

! P: a-t07 MM Melvin plays a nice feature around 8-min mark.

! P: a-t08 Deal Garcia's soloing in the late 6 and over 7-min mark is outtasite.

! a-t08 (1) JG: "See ya later on. Thank you."

! P: b-t05 HTC Tutt is a monster. Late 5 over 6-minute mark, a little Jimmy Warren feature, but Tutt is pounding behind him. Around 6:10 there's a buzz, like the fire alarm. Wow Tutt is doing some of the most amazing drumming behind HTC in the 6-minute range. Now Jerry is stepping up and he has some amazing multistring fingering happening, pulls a pull about 7:45, gorgeous.

! b-t05 (2) JG: "Thanks, we're gonna take a break for a little while. We'll be back in a few minutes." The note above ("Late show ended early due to power outage caused by nearby fire"), from etree, probably explains why there's no second set in the late show - compare 2/7/81.



    I just posted photos of this show and Peer Rowan


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