Grateful Dead rhythm guitarist and co-founder Bob Weir was honored with the “Music for Life” award at the National Association of Music Merchants’ (NAMM) annual trade show in Anaheim, CA yesterday. The award was presented by NAMM President and CEO Joe Lammond, who sat down with Weir to discuss the iconic musician’s 50+ year career.
When introducing Weir, Lammond acknowledged, “The Grateful Dead inspired a movement by taking incredible risks musically, culturally and in terms of how they approached the music business. They did so out of a passion for music making and, as a result, continue to inspire musicians to this day.”
“If you’re always going for it, the muse is always leading you in some direction,” Weir said during the talk. “If you have faith in your muse, you’re going to get somewhere — if you put shoulder to the wheel. Every artist of any stripe is a storyteller, and the way you weave it together represents what makes life worth living.”
A few hours after receiving his award, Weir took the stage at the D’Angelico Guitars booth on the other side of the Anaheim Convention Center. There he was joined by Boyd Tinsley (Dave Matthews Band), Jay Lane (RatDog), Paul ILL (Disreputable Few), and Isaiah Sharkey (D’Angelo/John Mayer) for a half acoustic, half electric set that featured a few songs from his 2016 solo album Blue Mountain as well as a number of tunes from the Grateful Dead canon like “Jack Straw,” “Lost Sailor,” “West L.A. Fadeaway”. You can check out most of Weir’s set from the first day of the NAMM trade show below”
[Video via D’Angelico Guitars’ Facebook page]
Next month, Weir will head to Riviera Maya, Mexico for Dead & Company‘s inaugural Playing In The Sand destination event, followed by a run of three make-up dates in New Orleans, LA, Sunrise, FL, and Orlando, FL following their cancellation due to John Mayer‘s emergency appendectomy during the band’s 2017 Fall Tour. The band has also announced a full summer tour. For a full list of upcoming dates, head to the Dead & Co website.
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