first_imgWith Dead & Company tour in full swing, band members Bob Weir and John Mayer sat down with the Asbury Park Press ahead of the band’s New Jersey debut. The two guitarists talk extensively about building a large musical catalog with diverse influences, and how each are astute in hearing these influences and learning from one another.“When John plays blues, you can hear what subgenre he’s going for,” said Weir. “He’s real well-versed in particularly that idiom, but what that told me is that he’s basically a student and fan of American musical heritage.”He continued, saying “I could hear (Mayer’s) appreciation of the various fields, and that’s where our music comes from… We grew up — the guys in The Grateful Dead — grew up in an era in the Bay Area out here, where you had everything that America had to offer on the radio. And we were the kinds of kids who were just playing the buttons on the radio.”“If there was something playing that wasn’t catching our interest, we hit another button. We’d go from rock ’n’ roll to jazz to R&B or blues stations, classical music – whatever it took to grab our attention… And we were all different guys, but we all had that same approach, most particularly Jerry and I.” It seems Mayer has a similar mindset, something that Bob Weir finds endearing. Mayer chimed in about his own influences and mindset for building a diverse repertoire. “When you’re into music the way that Bob and I are, and you know, we’re separated by a lot of geography, a lot of time, but there’s a certain way to be in the music where it’s almost like collecting baseball cards… It’s like you collect the Texas blues card. You collect the Chicago electric blues card. You collect the country-western card.”“And it’s sort of like this love of all these different little cards you can collect and keep in a little stack and walk around with them in your back pocket.  It really for me was just about like sort of just getting another card or trading a card, you know?  And when musicians look at music that way, where it’s just sort of like this Rolodex of influences, it’s actually really great to have that conversation musically, and it’s just a matter of rearranging the cards a little bit.”That’s really part of the Grateful Dead magic, being able to go from folk to blues to funk in the drop of a hat. With these two guitarists up in front and the supreme talents of musicians like Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti, there’s plenty of magic left to come!last_img read more


Sam Squiers with her husband, Ben, and daughter, Immi, at the Bardon home they are selling. Picture: Mark Cranitch.POPULAR sports presenter Sam Squiers and her husband, Ben, have put their Brisbane home on the market as they prepare to return to New South Wales.After a five-year bid to try and have her firefighter husband transferred without losing rank failed, the star has made the “agonising” decision to leave Channel 9 Queensland. Sam Squiers’ dog Broby makes a special appearance in the marketing photos for their home.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoIt means they have decided to sell their two-bedroom house in the sought-after suburb of Bardon, bordering Jubilee Park.The post-war home on an elevated block has a front deck to enjoy the views over the park. The living room in the Bardon house Sam Squiers is selling.The house is on an average 407 sqm block and there is scope to extend/raise subject to council approval. Records show the couple paid $704,000 for the property at auction in 2015.It has been listed without a price guide through Jacob Pirrone of Pirrone Property. The master bedroom in the house in Bardon. This Bardon home is for sale.Ben, a senior firefighter with Fire and Rescue NSW, had been commuting between Brisbane and Sydney for work since the pair made the move north for Sam’s career.But the situation became “impossible” after the dramatic premature birth of their now one-year-old daughter Imogen, who spent 44 days in hospital care. The kitchen in the house Sam Squiers is selling in Bardon.The couple’s dog, Broby, also makes a special guest appearance in the marketing photos for the home.Sam will continue her work with Sportette and Surfing Australia TV, as well as some hosting on Wide World of Sports in NSW. The deck on the Bardon house Sam Squiers has listed for sale.It has been renovated to a high-standard, featuring polished hardwood floors, a kitchen with stone benchtops and quality appliances, and the bedrooms have built-in wardrobes.There is a courtyard at the back and a laundry room with separate toilet. read more