With the huge success of the of the Grateful Dead’s ‘Fare Thee Well’ tour, you could forgive the remaining members of the Dead to hang up their instruments and put their feet up for a while. Not Bob Weir! The guitarist and lyricist is already looking to throw himself into his next musical venture.
Bob who this year turns 68, and was a founding member of the Dead has announced that he will be work on, “an album of cowboy songs,” and that the new project will include in the line up songwriter, Josh Ritter.
Weir recently said, “It’s, for the most part, all new songs. I’ve been working with Josh Ritter a fair bit on some ideas, and I’m going to also drag in [lyricists] John Barlow and Gerrit Graham as well,” “We’re going to downplay the emphasis on the playing and play up the emphasis on the storytelling.
“[image type=”rounded” float=”left” src=”https:rockmyworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Bob-Weir-353x.jpg” alt=”Bob Weir”] As for Josh Ritter, he stated, “I have no words to describe what an honor and privilege it is getting to work with one of the defining figures in American music. “Bob Weir’s voice is like a lion, his bearing is wise. Being in the room with him is like being on the range somewhere in Wyoming. He expands the space he’s in until it’s all big-sky country. I hope that I managed to get some of that big sky into these songs, but if I didn’t, Bob will.”
Although the project is well on its way, the actual title and release date is still up in the air. As for Bob Weir, this project will serve as the perfect catalyst for him to get back into the studio after a long extended break. To get a sense of Bob Weir’ life and times with the Grateful Dead, you need to look no further than the film, The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip Of Bob Weir.
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