What Do Bob Weir and The Wolf Bros Have Up Their Sleeves?

A couple weeks ago Bob Weir, perhaps the busiest musician in the industry, announced that he would be embarking on a 19-date Fall Tour expanding across the United States. Coming off the heels of Dead and Company’s summer tour Weir will journey back into the heart of America’s tie dyed centerpieces at fabled venues such as the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY and the Beacon Theatre in New York, NY. 


Per usual, Deadheads are all excitement about the Weirwolf’s upcoming project alongside bassist Don Was and drummer Jay Lane. Whats on everyone’s mind.. What parts of the Grateful Dead catalog will surface on this new adventure?

When Bob Weir embarked on his Campfire Tour in 2016 he treated fans to Dead rarities not played by Dead and Company such as, “Monkey and the Engineer”, “On The Road Again”, and Roy Orbinson’s, “Blue Bayou”. Case in point, when Weir comes out with a new project he comes out swinging.. Here’s our wishlist for Wolf Bro bustouts..

1) Brother Esau

Written in the cowboy land of Wyoming by Barlow and Weir in 1982 and first performed by the Grateful Dead in 1983 this tune recalling a broken connection between the narrator's Brother and themselves is a Weir hard hitter. Vamping back and forth between chords Esau gives space for huge bass bombs and chord maturity.

 

2) Green Green Grass of Home

This folk country rarity was seldomly played by the Grateful Dead but when it was it was performed with soul and ferocity by Bob Weir. The song is a story of an individual stepping off a train to his or her hometown recalling that everything is comfortingly familiar. If you haven’t given this tune a listen check out one of the handful of shows it appeared on in 69-70

3) Ole’ Slew Foot

Another folk-country classic performed by the Dead a handful of times in their earlier years the narrator of this tune speaks of a impending Bear attack with frightful sightings of “bear tracks, bear tracks looking at me” featuring a catchy chorus,

He's big around the middle, he's broad across the rump

Running ninety miles an hour, taking thirty feet a jump

Never been caught, Lord, he's never been treed

Some folks say he looks a lot like me”

4) Desolation Row

An 80’s and 90’s Grateful Dead catalog staple this Bob Dylan tune has been remembered as one of the most legendary of the Dylan catalog. Weir has introduced a handful of Dylan tunes to Dead and Company’s ever-expanding catalog but Desolation Row has yet to surface.. Could he be saving it for the Wolf Bros?

 

5) Mama Tried

This Merle Haggard cover has most famously appeared on the Grateful Dead’s Skull and Roses live album release with a hair-raising solo by Jerry. Interestingly enough if you take a look around Dead and Company lot you’ll notice tons of “Mama Tried” related gear, just as if it never left the main Dead repertoire. I think we all can get behind a return of Mama Tried

 

6) Easy To Slip

Ratdog classic and tearjerker “Easy To Slip” is a Weir song at to the very soul of it. Bobby and the Midnites even dabbled with the tune a bit throughout the 80’s. If you can get through a round of this tune without reflecting on your life you just might want to get your heart checked out


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  • Photo credit Jay Blakesberg

    • Maryanne Asta
  • Yup great song. Another is Gonesville from Bobby’s last “solo” album. Beauful tune.

    • CVE
  • Easy to Slip is a Little Feat song. Covered by Weir

    • JJ