Grateful Dead Shares ‘Dire Wolf’ Supercut 1969 – 1995
The latest episode of the official Grateful Dead podcast, The Good Ol’ Grateful Deadcast, looks at the song “Dire Wolf.” A supercut combining audio from 25 different versions spanning 1969 – 1995 accompanies the episode.
The “Dire Wolf” supercut shows off the song’s evolution as it’s arranged chronologically. Up first is a portion of the murder ballad from the Grateful Dead’s live debut on June 7, 1969 at Fillmore West in San Francisco. The supercut continues with moments from two additional 1969 versions before moving through portions of takes from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. “Dire Wolf’s” supercut ends with a bit of the final rendition, which took place at Deer Creek in Noblesville, Indiana on July 2, 1995 — a night a death threat against Jerry Garcia was called in.
Stream the “Dire Wolf” supercut below:
Deadcast host Jesse Jarnow hosts a nearly 50-minute deep dive into the history of “Dire Wolf” for the third episode of the podcast. Jarnow speaks with Billy Strings, Workingman’s Dead co-producer Bob Matthews and David Nelson of New Riders of The Purple Sage, among others, about “Dire Wolf.” Jerry Garcia’s pedal steel work is one of the main topics hit upon in the episode.
Listen to the “Dire Wolf” episode of The Good Ol’ Grateful Deadcast: