Cris Jacobs Honors Jerry Garcia With Livestream Performance
Cris Jacobs paid tribute to Jerry Garcia in his August 4 livestream set to celebrate the “Days Between” Garcia’s birthday and the day he died. Jacobs delivered solo guitar renditions of Grateful Dead songs as well as other Jerry related material.
Jacobs is no stranger to the GD/Jerry canon, he performed a Dead set back in May, and no one delivers the material in a solo setting quite like Cris does. Jacobs kicked off the set with acoustic versions of “Deal” and “Brown-Eyed Women.” The singer-songwriter and guitarist then turned to Jerry solo material with “Russian Lullabye,” which appeared on Garcia’s 1974 album, Compliments. Cris then lent his amazing voice on “Loser” before picking up his electric guitar for a substantial, at 10 minutes plus, “Eyes Of The World,” which saw Jacobs adding some very Jerry-esque soloing over looped rhythm guitar. Cris stayed on the electric for “Althea” and threw a curveball into the mix by heading into “Fire On The Mountain,” foregoing the standard Dead juxtaposition of “Scarlett”/”Fire.”
The stellar Blues For Allah cut “Crazy Fingers” followed, featuring some dreamy, shimmering electric guitar. Cris headed back to the acoustic for Jimmy Cliff’s “The Harder They Come,” a Jerry Garcia solo favorite from the Merl Saunders days onward, ahead of the Bob Dylan lyrical masterpiece “Visions Of Johanna.” The Dead gem “Dupree’s Diamond Blues” came next ahead of the Garcia/Hunter composition “Comes A Time,” which landed on Jerry’s 1976 solo LP, Reflections. Jacobs then offered up The GD staple “Peggy-O” before the poignant “Mission In The Rain.” Cris closed out the set with a song from the JBG songbook, the Charles Johnson-penned “My Sisters And Brothers.”
Listen to Cris Jacobs’ entire August 4 Jerry Garcia tribute set taped by Rich Stoler below: