Dallas TX – If one was somehow unfamiliar with the legacy of Bob Weir and the Grateful Dead, hearing his solo album “Blue Mountain” would feel right at home here in Texas. Breaking from the jam band style that has been his life for over 50 years, Bobby blends a folk-country style in this 2016 release.

Bob Weir and the Campfire Band 4/13/17 Music Hall at Fair Park - Photo by: Michael Dunlap (www.dfwimages.com) (mokshaphotography.com

With tales that stretch from the Shenandoah River to San Angelo, these are cowboy songs that would belong on the range. Fittingly enough, accompanying Weir on this tour is the “Campfire Band.” The soul of this album transcends what we are used to hearing in modern country music.
These stories are told in a rich baritone and style that is pleasingly reminiscent of another piece of Americana, “A Prairie Home Companion.” Songs like “Only a River”, “Lay My Lily Down”, and “Ki-Yi Bossie” go beyond the music and take you into the tales inspired by 15-year-old Bobby’s time when he ran away from home to be a cowboy in Wyoming.
Fortunately, the cowboy life didn’t pan out and a year later, 16-year-old Bobby formed the Grateful Dead with friends, Jerry Garcia, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, Phil Lesh, and Bill Kreutzmann. The Dead grew from the anti-establishment culture that was San Francisco in the 1960’s, into a cult following that became it’s own subculture of America. The long strange trip appeared to be over in 1995 when the family lost Jerry.

Bob Weir and the Campfire Band 4/13/17 Music Hall at Fair Park - Photo by: Michael Dunlap (www.dfwimages.com) (mokshaphotography.com)
22 years later, the music rolls on, and Deadheads are as faithful as ever. Full and partial reunions have taken place in the form of the “Other Ones”, “Phil and Friends”, and more recently, “Dead and Company.”

22 years later, the music rolls on, and Deadheads are as faithful as ever. Full and partial reunions have taken place in the form of the “Other Ones”, “Phil and Friends”, and more recently, “Dead and Company.”
Thursday night’s show opened with an intimate solo acoustic set by Weir, before the Campfire Band joined him on stage as they continued through the “Blue Mountain” set including covers of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. Bobby brought it home to Texas as he opened the second set with “El Paso”, and the appropriate “Deep Elem Blues.” The dynamic changed completely at this point when the show transitioned into Grateful Dead staples. Fans, no longer restrained to their seats, filled the aisles with dance through the end of the show and two-song encore.
Weir and the Campfire Band will continue the tour through the end of the month when Dead and Company will embark on a 20-show summer tour. Three of the four surviving members (Weir, Hart, Kreutzmann) will be accompanied by John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti.

Setlist:
Set 1:
1. When I Paint My Masterpiece (Bob Dylan cover)
2. Easy to Slip (Little Feat cover)
3. Blue Mountain
4. Only a River
5. Darkest Hour6. Lay My Lily Down
7. Gallop on the Run
8. Big River (Johnny Cash cover)
9. Gonesville
Set 2:
10. El Paso (Marty Robbins cover)
11. Deep Elem Blues
12. Friend of the Devil
13. Althea
14. Cassidy
15. Truckin’
16. Standing on the Moon
17. Going Down the Road Feelin’ Bad
Encore:
18. Ki-Yi Bossie
19. Ripple