Legendary drummer and co-founder of the Grateful Dead , Bill Kreutzmann , together with funky bluesman and voodoo electronic pioneer Papa Mali are on the road as the 7 Walkers . 7 Walkers , which also features multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard (Willie Nelson and Friends), and legendary bassist George Porter Jr. (Funky Meters) and will stop at select markets and festivals through out the country, all in anticipation of a new album release. The complete list of currently confirmed 7 Walkers tour dates is included below.
Bill Kreutzmann also tours select dates this summer with his Grateful Dead partner Mickey Hart in the Rhythm Devils . Over the years, Kreutzmann and Hart have transcended rock and roll drum stereotypes with polyrhythmic explorations of the world of percussion, using an extraordinary variety of instruments and approaches. The aftermath of this collaboration was the larger Rhythm Devils, which have made periodic reappearances over the years. The lineup for this July 2010 tour includes Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, Keller Williams (guitar, vocals), Davy Knowles (guitar, vocals), Sikiru Adepoju (talking drum), and Andy Hess (bass). Visit http://www.rhythmdevils.net/ as the dates are unveiled.
7 Walkers recently spent time at an Austin, Texas studio, recording an album to be released later this year. In addition to a brand-new batch of Robert Hunter (Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan lyricist) originals that were co-written with the band, the new album offers up favorites from the Grateful Dead repertoire, Papa Mali originals, and some New Orleans and Southern songbook interpretations. Overall, the result is a fiery and funky collection of tunes that quite brilliantly capture the unique collaboration between these two very different musical shamans.
Bill Kreutzmann (who played every show in the Grateful Dead’s illustrious 30 year career as well as The Dead incarnations since) first met funky Papa Mali at a festival in 2008. Bill recalls in a recent interview, “We first met at the Oregon Country Fair last year. He was the headliner on the main stage, and I sat there and watched him and went, ‘This guy’s for real man, I like this guy.’ Then we met, after that he came over to my trailer that I was staying in and you couldn’t separate us, we talked for hours. It was just one of those natural things, you know? You can’t plan it; You can’t make it happen. And then we started playing together.”
PHISH AFTER-PARTY! (Greek has a 10pm curfew)
Bill Kreutzmann (of the Grateful Dead),
with very special guest George Porter Jr
(of The Meters).
Playing new originals by Papa Mali/Robert Hunter plus Grateful favorites and N’awlins classics.
7 Walkers Masquerade Party – come as your favorite Grateful Dead lyric!
with Moonalice (Fri. only)
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & Mardi Gras Indians
Tribal Communion for Gulf Coast Awareness
– Share in a night of healing Swampadelic dance and powerful uplifting chants (Sat. only)