The Grass is Dead

The Grass is Dead

What’s in a name? Sometimes, everything… The Grass Is Dead are a bluegrass combo paying homage to the music and cultural legacy of The Grateful Dead, arguably America’s first folk rock band and one of the most influential musical artists of the last 50 years. The catalogue of the Dead’s music is a gold mine for string bands and story tellers, and The Grass Is Dead have established themselves far and wide as premiere purveyors of this rich tradition of Americana music. Pickin’ and grinnin’ is what they do best, and they have been adapting Grateful Dead songs in their own bluegrass style since 1998.

A festival favorite, The Grass Is Dead has built a loyal following from their home state of FL throughout the Eastern United States through burning live shows, and well beyond, through word of mouth, social media and old fashioned taper trees. The demand for Grateful Dead music is seemingly endless, and there are countless cover bands satisfying that demand on the local level, but there are not many artists out there approaching the music from the perspective of The Grass Is Dead. It is not complicated or artsy: this is a straight forward hootenanny built to last, and fans of either bluegrass music, The Grateful Dead, or both always leave happy, because sometimes there’s nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile…





"At the core of The Grateful Dead is the heart of American music, which is bluegrass and folk. You cannot hide behind these two genres. What you get in the studio is what you get onstage. And it's that vulnerability and honesty that sets the tone and attitude apart from the haphazard and polished nature of pop radio. Putting their music through the prism of string music, The Grass Is Dead showcases how Jerry & Co. buried innumerable gems of wisdom — sonically and spiritually — in the rich tapestry of their melodies and lyrics, all of which radiates in intimacy and inclusiveness of The Grass Is Dead when they stand in front of the microphone, and also the unknown night of curiosity and exploration that they seek out and grasp with such ease."

— Garret K. Woodward, Music Editor - The Smoky Mountain News



“The Grass Is Dead allows me to play both traditional and Dead-like vibes on their show. It’s great energy and intent. Billy Gilmore and Steve Pruett are lifelong friends, and we know a million tunes between us. They really play bluegrass, yet they also are Deadheads. Their music is not just rock spiced up with bluegrass instruments. They have well-thought-out arrangements that draw on bluegrass but are accepted by even the most hardcore Dead fan. I never feel like I’m playing in a Grateful Dead cover band when I’m with them. Because of their intention and the way they put the songs together, it’s a real tribute to both bluegrass music and the Grateful Dead at the same time.”



— Rev. Jeff Mosier

Harlem River Noise

In February 2017 at the legendary Sun Studios, two sidemen on a recording session bonded over the swinging tendencies in 1950s rock'n'roll music: a transitional era that blends boogie-woogie piano with sassy saxophone in a format that appeals to all-ages dancing. Today, this blend still appeals to a wide variety of audiences, and Harlem River Noise reminds people of this feel-good experience via a thoroughly entertaining live show of original content that features sing-a-longs, instrument-switching, an upside down upright bass, and more TBD on-stage.

As Harlem-based neighbors, Cody Gibson & Kyle Lacy fortified their alliance along a feel-good path which culminated into a debut album recorded entirely to an expensive reel-to-reel tape machine. In fall ‘17, their debut LP 'Currents' delivered 10 original songs to the world. The title references an omnipresent linear flow of electricity in the world: from tape machines to friendly interactions to tributaries, etc,. A two-month record release tour evolved their live show in 2017, and with 161 tour dates in the books for 2018, the group truly thrives on-stage. After releasing the single ‘Irresponsible Days’ in summer ‘18, directly supported by a month-long US-tour, they booked studio time back in NYC to record their sophomore record over the winter months of 2018.

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