THOUGHTS ON GARCIA: DON'T LET GO

KELLER WILLIAMS


Keller Williams by C. Taylor Crothers
1. How would you say the music of Jerry Garcia and/or the man himself has influenced your music, your craft, and/or your life path?

The man, the musician, the guitar player has influenced me on the guitar in infinite ways. Just from his spacing and his cadence of lead playing, as well as his very vulnerable singing and his lyrics, which were mainly written by Robert Hunter, but he made them his own. And he definitely influenced me greatly in his music. As far as the life path goes, just the Grateful Dead in general, I traveled so many times to see the band, and that in turn crossed over into traveling to my own gigs. So by the time it came to travel to my own gigs, it was easy because I had already done it.

2. What is your fondest memory of Jerry Garcia?

I would say it's probably Sandstone Amphitheater in Kansas. I think it was '90, or maybe '91. Jerry was totally tan, and he was wearing shorts and his legs were all brown. He was happy, and he was looking good.

3. What would you say is the most significant thing Jerry has given the world?

Well, I would say For the Faithful or another title for the record would be Reckoning. Two different titles, same record. I think that's the most significant thing that Jerry has given.

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