The Deadhead. Love them or hate their granola ways, they speak volumes of the power of the jam band messiah that was the founding member, iconic guitarist and voice of the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia.
Life cut short from a heart-attack at 53-years-young on this day in 1995, Garcia was San Francisco’s golden chill prince, embodying the roundabout bluesy sunshine pace of the Bay Area in the 60s, while leading the Dead through a 13-album run.
He didn’t pen treasure “What a long, strange trip it’s been,” but just get to spinning all the weaves of his guitar and healing country wail on classic “Casey Jones” and have some Deadhead humor fun with his “notion” poke at the dangers of drug livin’:
Driving that train, high on cocaine
Casey Jones, you’d better watch your speed
Trouble ahead, trouble behind
And you know that notion just crossed my mind