Jam Band Spotlight: 7 Walkers
Words By Greg Molitor (ReMIND Photography)
If there’s one truth to our scene, it’s the fact that the spirit of Grateful Dead music lives on daily. It should come as no surprise, then, that Grateful Dead music has yet another incarnation breathing life into the masses in 2011. This new project is Bill Kreutzmann’s 7 Walkers. Joined by legendary bassist George Porter Jr., guitarist/vocalist Papa Mali and multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard, Kreutzmann has unleashed a project that is as much New Orleans as it is San Francisco. It’s also safe to say that Kreutzmann hasn’t been this excited to make new music in a long time...
“I can’t believe how much fun I’m having playing with these guys!” says Kreutzmann.
“We’re making art together and having the best time.”
Supporting its self-titled debut album released in November, 2010, 7 Walkers is hitting the road this spring, summer, and fall across the United States for both festival and club appearances, and although the band has a number of originals at its disposal, expect to hear plenty of Dead tunes from 7 Walkers at its shows. Look for the band throughout the festival season at destinations such as Summer Camp, Mountain Jam, GratefulFest at Nelson’s Ledges and Telluride Blues and Brews in Colorado. After 40+ years of representing Bay Area rock, Grateful Dead music can officially call New Orleans its sister city with the birth of 7 Walkers. Long live the Dead!
7 Walkers Live at Las Tortugas Dance of the Dead V on October 30, 2010.