In 2011 Scott Devendorf of The National shared that his band is putting together a compilation record filled with Grateful Dead
covers for the AIDS charity Red Hot. Every few months or so since we've seen members
of the group discuss the long-awaited project and the latest update comes from a Billboard interview with National front
man Matt Berninger.
[Photo by Joe Russo]
The project will be curated by The National's Aaron and Bryce Dessner. When asked if The
National would record a track for the tribute, Berninger told Billboard, "Yes. And there's
a huge debate over which one to do. They keep talking about 'Box of Rain' for me.
Something because of the register of the vocals. I'm staying out of it. It's [bassist
Scott Devendorf and drummer Bryan Devendorf] that are probably the biggest Dead fans.
There's constant emails going back and forth about what to do. They kind of kicked me out
of the whole Dead project because I kinda don't know what I'm talking about. I've never
followed the Dead much but those guys have become ... they're borderline experts on the
Dead. It's a fun thing. Meeting Bob Weir and playing with him in San Francisco was surreal
and awesome. I can't wait until that thing finally comes together."
Earlier this month Stereogum revealed The War On Drugs is recording a take on "Touch Of
Grey" for the tribute album. Last year Relix reported that the National have gotten approval from members of
the Dead themselves, and the tribute album will likely feature members of Bon Iver,
Vampire Weekend, the Walkmen and Kurt Vile & the Violators.
We look forward to hearing the tribute whenever it finally comes out.
[via Billboard / Hat Tip - Stereogum]
[Published on: 3/19/14]