Rest In Peace Robbie Hoddinott, original lead guitar in Kingfish

Rest In Peace
Robbie Hoddinott
original lead guitar in Kingfish.

(Originally reported by Best Classic Bands, w H/T to

Enjoy this performance, from when both Robbie Hoddinott and Bob Weir were in Kingfish.

Kingfish – Full Concert
Recorded Live: 10/4/1975 – Winterland (San Francisco, CA)

Video and setlist, detail from GD on MV

0:00:00 – Rattlesnake
0:03:55 – Stage Ambience / Tuning
0:05:17 – Bye And Bye
0:09:18 – Stage Ambience / Tuning
0:10:29 – Overnight Bag
0:14:16 – Stage Ambience / Tuning
0:15:45 – C.C. Rider
0:21:22 – Stage Ambience / Tuning
0:24:23 – Wild Northland
0:27:03 – Stage Ambience / Tuning
0:28:20 – New Minglewood Blues
0:32:21 – Stage Ambience / Tuning
0:34:33 – Juke
0:37:38 – Stage Ambience / Tuning
0:39:08 – Asia Minor
0:43:21 – Stage Ambience / Tuning
0:44:54 – The Promised Land
0:48:27 – Stage Ambience / Tuning
0:49:50 – One More Saturday Night

Matt Kelly – harmonica, guitar, vocals
Robbie Hoddinott – lead guitar
Bob Weir – rhythm guitar, vocals
Dave Torbert – bass, vocals
Chris Herold – drums

The original Kingfish line-up was fronted by multi-instrumentalist Matthew Kelly and ex-New Riders bass player Dave Torbert, the primary songwriters in the group. Fleshed out with the impressive instrumental skills of Robbie Hoddinott, Chris Herold, and Mick Ward, the band became a popular club act in the Bay Area. Following the death of Mick Ward in a car accident, the group soldiered on as a quartet. When the Grateful Dead officially retired from the road in late 1974, all the musicians were free to pursue outside projects, so Bob Weir, a long-time friend of Matthew Kelly, began sitting in, officially joining the group by the end of the year. Weir’s arrival had two major impacts on the band, which can be seen as both a blessing and a curse. The Dead’s organization ran their own label, Round Records, so the musicians could essentially produce and release albums free of record industry interference. The upside was that Kingfish got a contract with the Dead’s label, recording an impressive debut album, which considerably raised their profile. However, to the existing band member’s eventual dismay, the vast contingency of Deadheads now perceived the group as Bob Weir’s backing band. Regardless, the group became a very popular touring band and delivered many a great performance.

Headlining a hometown bill that also featured The Sons of Champlin and the Keith & Donna Godchaux Band, Kingfish deliver a high-energy performance to close the night. Needless to say, this was a fine night for Deadheads, who got to experience four members of the Grateful Dead performing on the same bill, but outside the familiar musical context. Performing selections from their debut album as well as several choice covers and yet-to-be recorded originals, this set captures Kingfish during the peak performing months of Weir’s tenure with the group.

They kick the show off with Dave Torbert fronting the band for the rocking shuffle of “Rattlesnake,” a song the group hadn’t recorded. Bob Weir takes lead vocals on “Bye And Bye,” a rearranged gospel number that gets a reggae treatment from the band. Next up is “Overnight Bag,” another unrecorded number at the time. This straightforward rocker finds the group hitting their stride before they relax into a nice bluesy “C.C. Rider,” which Weir would eventually resurrect into the Dead’s repertoire several years later.

Following a slight delay to tune back up and determine what to play next, the group treats the audience to “Wild Northland,” a delightful country flavored Torbert track from the first Kingfish album. Its live debut, this song is not known to have been performed since and this may indeed be the only live performance. Bob Weir fronts the band again for a rollicking take on “New Minglewood Blues,” a classic jug band cover from the Dead’s first album. A staple of Weir’s repertoire throughout his career, Kingfish’s take on this song is arguably more compelling than the Dead’s own version, thanks in large part to the harmonica embellishments from Matthew Kelly which propel it along. Kelly gets an opportunity to really cut loose on the following number, “Juke,” a high-energy harmonica fueled instrumental in the tradition of James Cotton.

One of the best songs from their debut album is next, with Torbert’s “Asia Minor,” featuring scorching solo breaks from Hoddinott and a propulsive rhythmic backing from Torbert, Weirm and Herold. The first set ends with an energetic romp through Chuck Berry’s “Promised Land,” another Weir-led staple borrowed from his Dead repertoire. Hoddinott, who is delightfully high in the mix, cooks up a storm on guitar.

Unfortunately the recordings of the second Kingfish set from this night is currently MIA. However, the encore is also here; a more relaxed, but nonetheless celebratory take on Bob Weir’s most popular rocker, “One More Saturday Night,” which brought this monumental night of Bay Area music to a close.

We love you Steve Harris ❤️ #BROKEDOWN PALACE” Cubensis” on YouTube

Dear friend Steve Harris passed away earlier today. He had fought a long fight against his cancer and stayed with us as long as he could. A couple weeks ago he stopped the chemo, and went home,  with hospice care, and to be with those he loved. He was the drummer and vocalist with Cubensis, Southern California’s premiere Grateful Dead tribute band, and a much loved member of the Deadhead community,and he is already greatly missed. 

Here is Steve on drums and vocals with his band, Cubensis. 

Brokedown Palace 

Absolutely Amazing vocals, the late Al Jarreau’s take on “Take Five” #RIP #aljarreau

From the Al Jarreau Facebook page:

It is with the deepest of sadness that we inform you Al Jarreau passed away this morning, at about 6:00am LA time. He was in the hospital, and kept comfortable by his wife, son, and a few of his family and friends. A small, private service is planned, for immediate family only. No public service is planned yet this time.

The family asks that no flowers or gifts are sent. Instead, please consider a contribution to the Wisconsin Foundation for School Music, a wonderful organization which supports music opportunities, teachers, and scholarships for students in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin. A donation page is here: Even if you do not plan to contribute, please visit that page and give yourself a few minutes to watch a beautiful tribute video that Wisconsin Public Television produced to honor Al when he received his lifetime achievement award from the Foundation in October.

Hear, and see, Al’s great take on the Dave Brubeck classic “Take Five”:

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Al Jarreau

Al Jarreau

In Memory of Butch Trucks: “The Allman Brothers Band – Drum Solo” – 1/3/1981 – Capitol Theatre 

In Memory of Butch Trucks: “The Allman Brothers Band – Drum Solo” – 1/3/1981 – Capitol Theatre 

In Memory of Butch Trucks:

The Allman Brothers Band

– Drum Solo –
Capitol Theatre

Drum/Bass solos 4/20/1979

Butch Trucks teaches you how to play Whipping Post

From Wikipedia 

Claude Hudson “Butch” Trucks (May 11, 1947 – January 25, 2017) was an American drummer who was one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band.




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