Jerry Garcia’s Tiger Guitar In San Francisco For Jake Peavy Jam Session


Earlier today we told you about a report that Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay sent a representative to San Francisco with Jerry Garcia’s iconic Tiger guitar to allow members of Dead & Company to become acquainted with the axe. There’s more to the story as San Francisco Giants pitcher and massive Deadhead Jake Peavy and his band are helping to get Tiger, which Irsay bought at auction in 2002, into familiar hands this week.

Peavy will host a private jam session later this week and he’s hoping Bob Weir and other members of Dead & Company will stop by to jam out and play Tiger. Jake, like Irsay, is a historical preservationist who has amassed an impressive collection of guitars. The Cy Young award winner and 2-time world champion is helping Jim Irsay make an offer to John Mayer to use Tiger which hasn’t been played publicly since Jerry’s passing. Irsay would especially love to see Mayer use the axe when Dead & Company come to his neck of the woods for a performance in Noblesville, Indiana on June 17.

Earlier this year Peavy and his Band Of Cohorts featuring Duane Trucks, Chris Spies and Doug Pettibone were joined by many special guests including Jackie Greene and Jennifer Hartswick in performing at a benefit concert in Boston. Jake’s set featured a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Shakedown Street” as he’s never hidden his love of the famed San Francisco band and even covered “Truckin'” for MLB’s The Rundown series. The pitcher has just opened a world class recording studio in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama called Dauphin Street Sound that he’s hoping will be the catalyst for a very cool music scene. Peavy also purchased the surrounding city blocks with the aim of slowing turning the area into a southern Haight Ashbury. Stay tuned for details of Jake’s jam session.

Here’s a photo of Jake Peavy checking out Tiger, Jerry Garcia’s main axe between 1979 and 1989: