Aug 28, 2015
This week we feature yes another show from 1980.. this one was the last show of the summer tour that year, and took place up in Lewiston Maine, at a big outdoor festival there at the State Fairgrounds on September 6th, 1980. This is a wonderful show, and while this recording does suffer some issues (this is a soundboard/audience matrix) it still captures what is a superb performance and I'm certain you'll enjoy it.
The boys come out strong out of the gate, with a rocking 'Alabama Getaway' into 'Greatest Story Every Told'.. when Garcia starts out with 'Sugaree' you might think things are about to settle down, but hold on for one of the better versions of this number you are likely to hear.. this is fantastic! The band is not about to slow down however as the remainder of set one contains plenty to like, including a rare, mid-set 'Feel Like A Stranger' and a great China->Rider->Promised Land to close out set 1.
While we will hear set 2 next week, with its own spectacular jamming, I hope you find this set a great way to spend a late summer day...
State Fairgrounds, Lewiston, ME (9/6/80) Alabama Getaway Greatest Story Ever Told Sugaree Me and My Uncle Mexicali Blues Tennessee Jed Feel Like a Stranger Friend of the Devil Far From Me Little Red Rooster China Cat Sunflower I Know You Rider Promised Land
You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:
As I send off my two sons to college this weekend, I'm left with the feeling best expressed by the boys when they sang:
"Wo Oh, what I want to know, where does the time go?"
I wish all of you well, and thank you for giving me the opportunity to share this magic music with you...