Today, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has shared the 72nd installation of their long-running “Taper Tuesdays” series: a fully mixed and mastered recording of the band’s June 3rd, 2017 performance at Candler Park Music Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. For the festival set, bassist Jon Shaw, a frequent collaborator of Scott Metzger and Joe Russo, swapped in for Dave Dreiwitz, who was on tour with his other musical outfit, Ween, at the time.
The creatively crafted set saw the band weave special “jams” into classic Grateful Dead numbers, like the Led Zeppelin “Friends” jam that sprouted up in the middle of “Truckin'” or the “Whole Lotta Love” jam that turned up inside their set-closing “Throwing Stones”. One of the most notable moments of the show came during “Slipknot!,” which housed a jam focused on the Allman Brothers Band’s “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed”. The jam served as a fitting tribute for the late Gregg Allman, who was buried earlier that day two hours south in Macon, Georgia.
You can listen to the full performance below (recording and FOH mix by Peter Costello, monitors by Aaron Gittleman, and audio edited, mixed and mastered by Eric McRoberts):
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – Candler Park Music Festival – 6/3/17
Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Candler Park Music Festival | Atlanta, GA | 6/3/2017
One Set (8:49PM – 10:56PM): Jam -> Jack Straw -> Truckin’ @ -> Friends Jam # -> Truckin’ Reprise -> Tennessee Jed, Black Throated Wind -> Bertha %, The Music Never Stopped > Dancing in the Streets -> Jam -> Help On The Way > Slipknot! -> In Memory of Elizabeth Reed Jam -> Slipknot! Reprise -> Throwing Stones -> Whole Lotta Love Jam $ -> Throwing Stones Reprise
@ – With Other One Teases (Band)
# – Instrumental, incomplete version of a Led Zeppelin Cover (No lyrics were sung), First Time Played By Almost Dead (This is what folks are referring to when they mention a “New Potato Caboose” Jam. Very similar, but definitely “Friends” by Zep.)
% – With a “Fearless” (Pink Floyd) Tease (MB)
$ – Instrumental, incomplete version of a Led Zeppelin / Willie Dixon Cover (No lyrics were sung), First Time Played By Almost Dead
Whole Show with Jon Shaw on Bass, subbing for Dave Dreiwitz, who was out with Ween.
Next up on the schedule for Joe Russo’s Almost Dead is a Saturday, June 16th performance at Founders Fest 2018 in Grand Rapids, MI. For a full list of the band’s upcoming performances, head to their website.