On Monday, bassist Karina Rykman shared her performance of “China Cat Sunflower” from the Live From Out There tribute to Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter. The performance from the rising Marco Benevento bassist and her temporary lineup originally aired on April 26th.
11E1even Group‘s six-week lineup of Live From Out There programming came to a close on Sunday, April 26th with a tribute to the Grateful Dead lead guitarist and his lyrical counterpart. The celebration also featured contributions from Alex Bleeker, Julian Lynch and Martin Courtney (Real Estate), George Porter Jr., Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Chris Funk (The Decemberists), Brian Elmquist (The Lone Bellow), James Petralli (White Denim), Hiss Golden Messenger, Paul Hoffman (Greensky Bluegrass), Jay Blakesberg, and more.
This one-off performance wasn’t with Rykman’s eponymous solo band—with Adam November (drums) and Chris Corsico (drums)—but rather her makeshift quarantine pod band including Marlo Shankweiler (guitar), Isaac Slone (guitar), Nathan Slone (drums), and of course Rykman holding down the low end.
In the absence of the pro-shot drone style footage fans saw during Quarantine Comes Alive, this performance takes on a much greater DIY nature. Combine the singular camera angle with non-mastered sound, and it even takes on a bit of a garage band-style quality. That is not to take away from the actual merits of the improvisation itself, as some of the best jamming can be found inside garages all across the country—and some of the best Dead can be heard via suboptimal recordings.
Watch Karina Rykman and company perform “China Cat Sunflower” at Live From Out There back in April.
Karina Rykman – “China Cat Sunflower” (Grateful Dead) – Live From Out There – 4/26/20
[Video: Karina Rykman]