The Seventh Jammy Awards & the Grateful Dead

There are many things that are true about the Grateful Dead, and here are two of those truths: One – The Grateful Dead are the most underrated band of all time. Two – The Grateful Dead inspired a legion of people who weren’t worthy to lick the gum off of the bottom of the Dead’s shoes; to play music, noodling their lives away with tired blues scales and whatever else, confused that they were sonic explorers like their heroes. Perhaps, the second has something to do with the first, but all I know is that the Grateful Dead were not a jam band; they were a band who jammed. Oh yeah, ….they also had songs, which is another big difference between them and most of their bastard children. Can you tell Jerry’s playing from afar? How many guys out there have that same effect? I’ve never been too on the Phish wagon, but I have to admit I can usually spot Trey’s playing a mile away. These are the exceptions, hardly the rule. Is it a question of tone, style,… or just a matter that most guitarists don’t have any style.

Having said all that, some folks definitely carry the spirit on better than others, and on Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at The WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden, the 7th JAMMY AWARDS will take place. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster and at the Madison Square Garden Box Office. For more information go to In addition to the Co-Hosts, Warren Haynes and Grace Potter, the 7th Jammy Awards are pleased to announce the following artists will perform: Booker T. Jones, Christian McBride, Fab Faux, Galactic, Glenn Tillbrook of Squeeze, HeadCount All-Stars, Jake Cinninger of Umphrey’s McGee, James Carter, Joe Russo, Jon Gutwillig, Kyle Hollingsworth of String Cheese Incident, Los Lonely Boys, Marc Brownstein, Matisyahu, Page McConnell, Rose Hill Drive, Sharon Jones, Tea Leaf Green and Todd Park Mohr. This year’s ceremony and all-star concert will feature a special Lifetime Achievement Award presentation to jamband legends Phish. Produced by Relix Magazine,, and Peter Shapiro.

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