"The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" - Jerry Garcia Band Live at Veteran's Hall 3.22.1978 [YouTube Audio Stream]

Francesco Marano

by Francesco Marano

Published July 1, 2014

The newest installment of the GarciaLive series is Jerry Garcia Band's March 22, 1978 performance at Veteran's Hall in Sebastopol, CA. Above, you can listen to their take on The Band's famous tune "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," which closed out the first set of that night's show. The lineup featured Mr. Garcia joined by bassist John Kahn, drummer Buzz Buchanan, vocalist Maria Muldaur, Keith & Donna Godchaux, and the first guest appearance from future Jerry Garcia Band keyboardist Ozzie Ahlers.

Jerry Garcia displays some impressive soul singing as Maria Muldaur and Donna Godchaux vocally support him with angelic harmonies. The crowd is silent even when the song drops into its quieter moments. Jerry takes off with a perfect note-for-note solo just past the four minute mark and John Kahn's thick bass sound is prominent throughout. It's a heartfelt version that is sure to give some listeners goosebumps.

GarciaLive Vol. 4 will be available on July 15, and is available for pre-order through the Official Garcia Store.


Source: Jerry Garcia YouTube Channel

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