Bob Weir Joins Wilco For ‘St. Stephen’ In 2013
Last summer Jeff Tweedy appeared on a Pitchfork podcast in which the Wilco frontman was asked about his supposed distaste for the Grateful Dead. Tweedy shot down the assertion of not liking the band, and mentioned he befriended Dead guitarist Bob Weir during the 2013 AmericanaramA Tour during which the two acts shared the stage together. Now it appears Weir and Wilco will appear together on the upcoming Grateful Dead tribute album that The National has been curating for years.
Rolling Stone journalist Will Hermes reportedly saw the tracklist for the tribute LP, which he says is a whopping five hours and 28 minutes in running time. In a series of tweets, Hermes revealed many of the artists and songs they recorded for the album, including a live version of “St. Stephen” by Wilco and Weir. Check out the tweets below, which include reference to Jim James & Friends taking on “Candyman,” Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks covering “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider” and Kurt Vile & J Mascis doing “Box of Rain.”https://twitter.com/WilliamHermes/status/697123387416694785 https://twitter.com/WilliamHermes/status/697124226768244736 https://twitter.com/WilliamHermes/status/697125524347494400 https://twitter.com/WilliamHermes/status/697128360850427905 https://twitter.com/WilliamHermes/status/697132217806516225
For a sense of what the Weir and Wilco track might sound like, below is an audience recording of “St. Stephen” recorded at the AmericanaramA Tour stop on August 4, 2013 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California and posted by scottrek128. Give it a listen: