Bob Weir & Wolf Bros Fit Debuts Into Livestream Concert At TRI Studios

By Nate Todd Apr 25, 2021 9:46 am PDT

performed a livestream concert on Saturday from Weir’s TRI Studios in San Rafael, California. Weir and the five-piece would debut the Bobby solo song, “Shade of Grey,” during the first set and welcomed the Wolf Pack string and horn ensemble in the second to unveil a Robert Hunter-penned number as well as a Marvin Gaye classic.

The Bob Weir & Wolf Bros five-piece consisted of Weir on guitar, drummer Jay Lane, bassist Don Was, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and pedal steel player Greg Leisz. The band kicked things off with “Truckin’” which saw them jumping into a funky, bluesy, countrified jam containing what sounded like “Smokestack Lightning” teases from Chimenti. Bobby then dropped the group into “Bertha” rather abruptly and commented, “How’s that for smooth?” Leisz would add some tasty pedal steel touches on the chorus. Bobby also had a bit of trouble with the verses but without missing a beat counted the band back in for a swift recovery. Weir would take the first solo, a classic Bobby rhythm/lead hybrid before kicking it over to Greg for some more nice slide work. Jeff then delivered a twinkly honky tonk piano solo before the quartet landed back on the chorus.

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Next, Weir spoke a bit about the interactivity between the band and folks tuning into the stream, many of which were projected on large screens in front of the band. Bobby then picked up his acoustic guitar for his solo tune “Only A River” which appears on his 2016 album Blue Mountain and was co-written with Josh Ritter and members of The National (who play on the album) and more. The five-piece delivered a gorgeous rendition of the tune before young guitarist Matt Michna joined the band on “Ramble On Rose.” The group then offered up the Wolf Bros debut of “Shade Of Grey” from Weir’s 1978 solo album Heaven Help The Fool, a co-write with John Perry Barlow. “West LA Fadeaway” and Bob Dylan’s tome “Desolation Row” would follow ahead of first set closer, “Cassidy.”

“Me & My Uncle” got the second frame underway before the Wolf Pack — cellist Alex Kelly, trumpeter Brian Switzer, trombonist Adam Theis, violinist Mads Tolling and woodwind specialist Sheldon Brown — assembled and added some buoyant strings to create a very interesting intro to “Jack Straw.” The band then dropped into a funky groove on the bridge laced with a cool clarinet run from Brown before Lane sang Jerry Garcia’s part. All in all “Jack Straw” sounded fantastic with horns and strings and the Wolf Pack would stay on for a stellar “New Speedway Boogie” and “Wharf Rat” which headed into “Eyes Of The World.” “Eyes” saw the return of Matt Michna. Michna would also help Wolf Bros debut the Robert Hunter-penned “Big Sandy Creek” as well as Marvin Gaye’s masterpiece “What’s Goin’ On” ahead of a return to “Eyes.” “The Other One” and “Stella Blue” prefaced second set closer, “Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad.” The Saturday night show naturally came to a close with “One More Saturday Night” featuring the Wolf Pack.

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Setlist

Bob Weir and Wolf Bros.
  • Truckin'
  • Bertha
  • Only a River
  • Ramble On Rose
  • Shade of Grey
  • West L.A. Fadeaway
  • Desolation Row
  • Cassidy
  • Me and My Uncle
  • Jack Straw
  • New Speedway Boogie
  • Wharf Rat
  • Eyes of the World
  • Big Sandy Creek
  • What's Going On
  • The Other One
  • Stella Blue
  • Going Down the Road Feeling Bad
  • One More Saturday Night
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