Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir was given the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Music For Life Award yesterday at the opening day of the annual trade show in Anaheim, California. The current Dead & Company frontman also performed a live set for D’Angelico guitars.
NAMM president and CEO Joe Lamond presented Bobby with the prestigious honor.
“If you’re always going for it, the muse is always leading you in some direction,” Weir stated. “If you have faith in your muse, you’re going to get somewhere — if you put shoulder to the wheel. Every artist of any stripe is a storyteller, and the way you weave it together represents what makes life worth living.”
Weir recently partnered with D’Angelico Guitars for a signature SS model. The guitar was given the Editor’s Choice Award for Guitar, Amps and Accessories at the 2017 Summer NAMM Show.
Bobby also led a live performance a the D’Angelico NAMM booth accompanied by drummer Jay Lane, bassist Paul Ill, violinist Boyd Tinsley, guitarist Isaiah Sharkey, percussionist Wally Ingram and others. They played several Grateful Dead and Weir solo staples, including “Dark Star,” “Lay My Lily Down,” “Only A River,” “West L.A. Fadeaway” and Jack Straw” which were captured on video: