Anders Osborne And Luther Dickinson's "Black Muddy River" Says It All May 04, 2016 16:36

Last summer, JamBase published a series of 50 videos titled Songs of Their Own, which honored the Grateful Dead in preparation of the band's upcoming 50th anniversary Fare Thee Well celebration.  On May 17th, the first video of this series was published, featuring Anders Osborne (guitar/vocals) and Luther Dickinson (slide guitar) performing "Black Muddy River", a Dead classic from the In The Dark album.

Apparently, Anders and Luther were toying with the idea of performing "Bertha" or "Black Muddy River", but arrived at JamBase's studio in San Francisco without a final decision. After hearing just a couple bars of “Black Muddy River,” the JamBase team strongly encouraged the pair to cover it. Right before they began recording, Anders was told that “Black Muddy River” was the last song Jerry Garcia sang with the Grateful Dead at Soldier Field in 1995. After a heavy pause, he simply replied, “Wow, I wish you hadn’t told me that before we recorded this.” What followed was one-take and an absolutely heartfelt rendition of the song.

We make a point to recognize and celebrate the birthdays of our favorite musicians, as a way of thanking them for their endless contributions to our music scene.  We can't think of a better way to honor Anders Osborne on his 50th birthday than with this tribute to the Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary.

Watch Anders Osborne and Luther Dickinson perform "Black Muddy River" here: