Fennario: Garcia/Hunter Tribute


NYC singer-songwriter Emory Joseph pays tribute to the Grateful Dead songwriting team of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter with his upcoming release, Fennario - Songs by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter (arriving August 19 on Iris Records). For Fennario, Joseph carefully selected and recorded material that had never been released on studio albums and re-interpreted some of the best-loved Garcia/Hunter material. The wide range of music on Fennario draws from the same American palette that inspired Garcia and Hunter, from the sweet country of "It Must Have Been the Roses" to the Memphis rock & roll of "Tennessee Jed" to the Muscle Shoals soul of "Sugaree."

To produce the album, Joseph enlisted the core group of top-shelf multi-instrumentalists he'd used on his critically acclaimed debut album, Labor & Spirits: Tom "T-Bone" Wolk (Hall and Oates, SNL Band), Duke Levine and Jon Carroll (Mary Chapin Carpenter) and vocalist Soozie Tyrell (The E-Street Band). The album's other principles are Larry Campbell (Phil Lesh & Friends), and drummer Dennis McDermott (Marc Cohn). Fennarios twelve tracks were recorded in five 'round-the-clock days at New York's legendary Legacy Recording Studios. There are two guest performances, bassist Lincoln Schleiffer (on "Mission in the Rain") and longtime Garcia associate, mandolinist David Grisman (on "Brown-Eyed Women").

"I produced Fennario to be something that Deadheads and non-Deadheads alike could love." says Joseph. "I absolutely wanted it to be a respectful tribute to a beautiful working partnership, and something that could maybe help to explain to the world why so many kids spent so many years of their youth following these songs around the country and back. Fennario is a long overdue letter to Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter for having written songs that have inspired, amazed, and informed me since I was twelve."

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


[Published on: 6/2/08]

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thecurtainhasclosed Mon 6/2/2008 06:16AM
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awesome, these songs will live forever.

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cool :)

silent_J Mon 6/2/2008 07:39AM
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Looks cool, can't wait to hear it. But I think most of those songs Were recorded for studio albums....

Chaloupka Mon 6/2/2008 07:51AM
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Isn't Loose Lucy on Mars Hotel?

kandrokitis starstarstarstarstar Mon 6/2/2008 07:58AM
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^yep. and New Speedway Boogie is on Workingman's Dead. Oh well. No matter what, this sounds like it's gonna be good.

Broesau Mon 6/2/2008 08:37AM
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^and sugaree, loser, and bird song are all on jerry's first solo album, but yeah, looks cool anyway.

Lightenupyourload Mon 6/2/2008 09:20AM
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The Web site listed doesn't have songs yet but this does http://www.myspace.com/fennariocity. Sounds great!

Lightenupyourload Mon 6/2/2008 09:22AM
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That's http://www.myspace.com/fennariocity w/o the period at the end:)

wagsinnorthernva Mon 6/2/2008 10:31AM
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thats cool another way for people to find the Dead is a good thing.

gr8fulwaggs Mon 6/2/2008 11:06AM
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The only song here that is NOT on a studio album is "Ramble On Rose."

gratefuled starstarstarstarstar Mon 6/2/2008 12:38PM
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Its amazing how timeless the Grateful Dead is. Looking forward to hearing this album.

Long live the Grateful Dead!

acomma Mon 6/2/2008 07:01PM
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I really enjoy the name of the album... too often do song names end up being titles of books, movies, albums etc. Very classy.

deadonarrival Tue 7/1/2008 02:15PM
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There's some understandable confusion caused by the line beginning "For Fennario..." regarding how Joseph selected the songs. Judging by his comments to me via e-mail and phone, I think the publicist's line should've read "...material that had never been released on GRATEFUL DEAD studio albums OR given notable re-interpretations."

Regardless, I've had the extraordinary privilege to have lived with these remarkable tracks for almost six weeks, and I can't recommend them highly enough.

They're currently available for download via iTunes, but the artwork is classy and simpatico, and as an old hand, I can't imagine not grabbing the completed set in August.

Absolutely terrific singer who's totally--emotionally and intellectually--engaged in the material, and the band is a wondrous thing.

BTW, Larry Campbell--as most of you probably know--also spent some serious time as 'point-guard' in Dylan's band...

Easily one of my favorite two or three records in YEARS...