Last night, the singer-songwriter Norah Jones hit the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis, Missouri, for her Day Breaks World Tour. While Jones and her band have been regularly working the Grateful Dead’s “It Must Have Been The Roses” into their performances, during their Tuesday night performance, Jones and crew added another Grateful Dead classic into the mix with their performance of “Ripple” during the start of the encore, marking the second time the singer has played the song. For their performance of “Ripple,” Jones is front and center on the guitar and vocals, while accompanied by bass, keys, guitar, and drum.
The cover is not completely out of character for Jones; at Outside Lands in 2012, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir came out and joined the singer for a collaborative rendition of “It Must Have Been The Roses.” As explained in an 2012 article by Rolling Stone, guitarist Jason Abraham Roberts, “Everybody in Norah’s band are just huge Deadheads. . . . We’ve actually been playing ‘It Must Have Been the Roses’ almost every night, because we were like, ‘We have to play a Dead song.'” Both “Ripple” and “It Must Have Been The Roses” are Grateful Dead tunes written by lyricist Robert Hunter.
You can watch a video of Norah Jones’s rendition of “Ripple” below, courtesy of Jason Briggs.