Dead & Company Dusts Off ‘Deep Elem Blues’ & ‘El Paso’ In Dallas
Dead & Company brought their summer tour to Dallas on Tuesday night for its lone stop in Texas. The band used the opportunity to offer 2019 debuts of two songs referencing areas of the Lone Star State: “Deep Elem Blues” and “El Paso.”
John Mayer led the group through “Bertha” to start the night at Dos Equis Pavilion. Bob Weir then had his first turn in the spotlight for the band’s second “New Minglewood Blues” of the summer. Dead & Company went on to take it down a notch with the gorgeous ballad “Row Jimmy” before Weir traded in his electric for a three-song acoustic segment. First up was “Deep Elem Blues,” a traditional song that references a neighborhood in Dallas. Mayer and Weir went on to trade vocals on “Friend Of The Devil” ahead of Bobby leading the charge on “El Paso.” Both “Deep Elem Blues” and “El Paso” had been on the shelf since June of 2018.
“Sugaree” is right in John Mayer’s sweet spot and the version that led into a set-closing “Jack Straw” in Dallas was no exception. The “Leaving Texas, Fourth Day Of July” lyric in “Jack Straw” garnered huge cheers from the crowd. Dead & Company kicked off the second set with a “Shakedown Street” that had a little more gallop to it than usual. A parade of jam vehicles continued with an adventurous “Uncle John’s Band” and a “St. Stephen” that included the “William Tell Bridge.” The improv within “St. Stephen” was almost like a “Shakedown Street Reprise.” Next up was an intense “The Eleven” that gave way to “Drums.” Bill Kreutzmann spent the first few minutes of “Drums” behind the kit before joining Oteil Burbridge and Mickey Hart at the back of the rig to bang out tribal rhythms.
Eventually, Hart headed over to “The Beam” to lay the groundwork for a “Space” that saw Mayer play guitar with his teeth. A beautiful little jam was followed by a Weir-sung “Black Peter.” The set ended on a more positive note with the joyous “Good Lovin’.” Dead & Company said goodbye to Texas with a “Black Muddy River” fronted by Mayer.
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Set One: Bertha, New Minglewood Blues, Row Jimmy, Deep Elem Blues@ > Friend Of The Devil@ > El Paso@, Sugaree, Jack Straw
Set Two: Shakedown Street, Uncle John’s Band, St. Stephen > William Tell Bridge > The Eleven > Drums > Space > Black Peter > Good Lovin’
Encore: Black Muddy River