Emory Joseph and Fennario: Songs by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter

Fennario – Songs by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter is NYC singer/songwriter Emory Joseph’s tribute to the songwriting team of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter. Those who associate Jerry and the Grateful Dead with “Casey Jones,” “Truckin’,” and “Touch of Grey,” can grab a hold of a bit of the meat of what resulted from this rare and extremely valuable relationship. All of the songs are given a fine reading, with numbers like “Sugaree,” and “Ramble on Rose,” turned in to great late night bar fun. “Loose Lucy” is returned to its fifties roots, while “New Speedway Boogie,” gets all freaky with a big recording containing swirling big organs. The take on “Mission in the Rain” is very nice indeed, though the standout rendition goes to “Brown Eyed Woman,” which does a favorite song loved by a myriad of beautiful brown eyed women that we have admired, justice indeed. Oh yeah, the “Bird Song,” isn’t bad either, injecting a laid back/lazy day feel with lightly enriched harmonies and guitar work that results in visions of long white Spanish steps leading to the blue blue water. Overall, a good take on music that deserves to be known in wider arenas, and as good as any tribute to a band who did a thousand superior versions of their own. Good show!

Track listing:
1. Sugaree
2. Ramble On Rose
3. Tennessee Jed
4. Black Peter
5. Mission in The Rain
6. It Must Have Been the Roses
7. Loose Lucy
8. New Speedway Boogie
9. Brown-Eyed Women
10. Loser
11. Bird Song
12. To Lay Me Down


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