New Riders of the Purple Sage

The long-awaited return of The New Riders of the Purple Sage has fans in a psychedelic/country head spin. Guitarist David Nelson and pedal steel wizard Buddy Cage will represent the NRPS catalog along with Michael Falzarano (guitar, mandolin and vocals), Johnny Markowski (drums and vocals) and Ron Penque (bass and vocals). You may recognize Falzarano from Hot Tuna, Markowski from Stir Fried and Penque from Melvin Seals and JGB. Original NRPS bass player Dave Torbert, drummer Spencer Dryden and co-founder John Dawson have passed away, Nonetheless, the new lineup vows to keep the NRPS spirit and tunes alive by taking them to fans everywhere. (www.nrps.net)

The New Riders, signed to Columbia Records by Clive Davis, released its eponymous first album in September 1971 to widespread acclaim. In the next 11 years the band toured and released over 12 albums, selling over 4 million records. NRPS began as a part-time spin-off from the Grateful Dead when Jerry Garcia (pedal steel guitar), Phil Lesh (bass) and Mickey Hart (drums) teamed up with John Dawson (guitar, vocals) and David Nelson (guitar). Although early live appearances were viewed as an informal warm-up to the main attraction, the group quickly established an independent identity through the strength of Dawson's original songs. By 1971 Dave Torbert had replaced Lesh, and Spencer Dryden, formerly of Jefferson Airplane, had joined as the group's permanent drummer. Garcia remained in both The Dead and The New Riders until he found himself overcommitted, at which time Buddy Cage replaced him.

Cris Jacobs

After 10 years fronting the Baltimore band The Bridge, Cris Jacobs is continuing to show his depth and range as a gifted songwriter and performer with the new Cris Jacobs Band. This line-up of stellar musicians, featuring the upright bass wizardry of Jake Leckie, the textured drumming of former Bridge bandmate Mike Gambone, the beautiful pedal steel guitar work of Dave Hadley, and the blissful harmony singing and percussion of Ed Hough, is a perfect complement Cris' deeply expressive vocals, passionate, gritty guitar playing, and poignant songwriting.

The unique instrumentation and rich sonic palate create an instantly engaging sound that ranges from intensely rockin' to sublimely sweet to hauntingly psychedelic. Cris' prolific songbook provides the fertile ground for this amazing group of players to express their distinct voices, and with their monster chops and improvisational fearlessness, CJB can create a truly transcendental live experience.

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New Riders of the Purple Sage with Cris Jacobs

Thursday, October 17 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at Rams Head Live