Jerry referred to playing music as a “public service.”
Happy Holiday Season 2019!
A gift of music for you:
"Everybody Needs Somebody to Love"
Jerry Garcia Band
A Jerry Garcia Band live performance of “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love” is available as a newly mastered single to music fans around the world in the form of 10,000 free digital streams.
In honor of the holiday season, Jerry Garcia Music Arts has released a mastered live recording of the soul classic, “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love” performed by the Jerry Garcia Band. The music is offered as a holiday gift to the community this Christmas Eve in the form of 10,000 free steams available on multiple digital platforms. The August 10th, 1991, live recording was mastered by Joe Gastwirt, a highly acclaimed audio engineer, who Garcia referred to as a “whiz kid” in a 1987 WNEW Radio interview.
Joe’s discography includes the Beatles, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Yes, and Crosby, Stills Nash and Young.
The song “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love,” written in 1964 by preacher and singer Solomon Burke, songwriter and record producer Bert Berns and music journalist Jerry Wexler, is about the virtues and gifts of love. It has recently gained popularity as the song in a 2019 Amazon holiday commercial and was featured on the soundtrack for the 1980 musical comedy film “The Blues Brothers.” Earlier this year, the song was released by Round Records on CD and vinyl as part of the Jerry Garcia Band Live “Electric on the Eel” album.
“We’re honored to help present a gift of my father’s music this holiday season,” said Keelin Garcia, daughter of Garcia and the president/founder of Jerry Garcia Music Arts. “His music lives on for all to enjoy and celebrate.”
In addition, a fine art element of this project features a limited-edition release of a Jerry Garcia pen and ink drawing titled “Merry Christmas.” This whimsical piece, a cheerful drawing of jolly Saint Nick and a reindeer, is water-colored by Keelin.
The piece will be available to the public online through early January at the Terrapin Gallery.
The visual art component of the project will benefit Vanessa and Jorma Kaukonen’s Psylodelic Gallery. The Psylodelic Gallery is housed in a revitalized grain silo and is located at the Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch in Pomeroy, Ohio. The Gallery celebrates the music, art, culture and literature of the 1960s, while tracing important events and movements of the psychedelic era. The gallery houses Jorma’s personal collections of artifacts, photographs & posters from his long career as a musician from Jefferson Airplane to Hot Tuna.
A permanent collection of Jerry Garcia’s fine art is featured at the Psylodelic Gallery.
Listen to "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love"
Jerry's “Ripple” watercolor is thematically paired with the music release and is available as a museum quality giclee in the Terrapin Gallery.
This project will support ocean conservation.
Our first release is here! As a gift to you, there are 2,500 complementary downloads of the single "Ripple" available.
Join us in celebration of Jerry Garcia’s August birthday month worldwide!
Our gift to you is a single release of “Ripple,” a remastered live recording from the virtuoso’s historic 1982 solo acoustic performance at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, New Jersey.
“Ripple” will soon be available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Deezer, iHeartRadio, Napster, MediaNet, VerveLife, Tidal, Gracenote, Shazam, and 7Digital. There are 2,500 free downloads available.
Please check the Jerry Garcia Music Arts Facebook page for information on the date of availability:
The song is a Hunter/ Garcia composition.
The lyrics of the song were written in 1970 by Robert Hunter in London, England. The Grateful Dead debuted the song on
August 18th at Fillmore West in San Francisco.
Garcia family members Keelin Garcia and Manasha Garcia have curated the music and art for the new release as producers of the project. The recording was mastered by audio engineer Joe Gastwirt.
Joe worked closely with Jerry in the 1980s and 1990's and is known for his meticulous work in digitally mastering hundreds of recordings for many well-known artists,including the Grateful Dead; the Beatles; Jimi Hendrix; Bob Dylan; Joni Mitchell; Crosby, Stills, and Nash; and Yes.
2018 “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”
We are pleased to announce the re-release of
Jerry Garcia and mandolinist great David “Dawg” Grisman’s instrumental rendition of
“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” The song, also known as “Tidings of Comfort and Joy” is an ancient Christmas carol, dating from the 15th century.
The recording originates from a concert performed on December 7, 1991, at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco. The Garcia/Grisman ensemble played this traditional English Christmas carol live on only three occasions.
The song will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Gracenote, iHeartRadio, MediaNet, VerveLife, Deezer, Napster, Tidal, Shazam and 7digital.
We’re honored to share this bright and simply beautiful live version of a traditional carol with music fans!
Additionally, the song is being presented with a new edition of a cheerful Garcia pen and ink holiday-themed drawing titled “Merry Christmas.” The piece can be found online in the Terrapin Gallery.
This art and music project supports charitable endeavors.
The following musicians and audio engineers contributed to this lively rendition of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”:
Jerry Garcia guitar
David Grisman mandolin
Jim Kerwin bass
Joe Craven percussion and fiddle
Mastered by Dave Dennison live mix and recording engineer
Executive Producer Keelin Garcia
Producer Manasha Garcia
Co-producer Craig Miller
Album Design and Topography Jay Daniel
Creative Consultants Ted Harrington, Douglas Gillespie, Terrapin Stationers
Special thanks to the Jerry Garcia Heirs, David Grisman, Craig Miller, The Fischer Brothers, Terrapin Stationers,
Jacqueline Sabec, Jonas Herbsman, and the Rights Workshop.
YouTube Videos are included for educational purposes.