Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros - consisting of Bob Weir, Don Was, Jay Lane and Jeff Chimenti - release their first ever vinyl collection of recorded material. Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros: Live In Colorado is their debut with the Third Man Records label.
Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros: Live In Colorado features a collection of songs recorded at the band's live performances at the historic Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado and the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, Colorado on June 8, 9, 11 and 12, 2020. These shows were the group's first live audience concerts in over a year and featured Greg Leisz on pedal steel, along with The Wolfpack: Alex Kelly, Brian Switzer, Adam Theis, Mads Tolling and Sheldon Brown. "Been too long," Weir said of the performances, "but I can't think of a better place to pick it back up..."
Weir explains "I've been workin' in my spare time on expanding the sonic coloration of the songs I do. The Wolfpack is basically a step toward full orchestration - and further, I gotta say, these guys are game. We worked on the arrangements a bit but eventually we needed to trot it all out and play it for folks - and right at that moment, the folks in Colorado reached out and told us they were gonna open up. Holy Shit, WTF? Let's Go."
Third Man Records says "When Don approached us about this project of course we all jumped at the opportunity. The whole live music experience is so important to everyone here at Third Man Records and the chance to work with a few of the all time greats, well it seems like a miracle."
Bob Weir, a founding member of the legendary Grateful Dead, who received a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 - is one of rock's finest and most distinctive rhythm guitarists. Weir has been honored with the Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, the Les Paul Spirit Award, as well as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program. His first solo album in more than ten years, Blue Mountain (2016), was critically praised upon release. Weir currently plays with Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros, originally a trio formed in 2018 alongside Don Was and Jay Lane. The band set out performing the expansive catalogue of Grateful Dead, Bobby's solo albums and more and has toured extensively throughout the US.
Don Was is a GRAMMY-winning producer and founder of the '80s funk-rock band Was (Not Was), known for hits such as "Walk The Dinosaur" and "Spy In The House Of Love". As an in-demand, highly acclaimed producer, Was has been honored with four GRAMMY Awards for his production work in each of the past three decades, including Best Album honors for work with the Rolling Stones and Bonnie Raitt. Production credits include the Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Gregg Allman, John Mayer and Neil Young. Albums produced by Was have achieved dozens of multi-Platinum, Platinum and Gold certifications and have sold more than 90 million copies worldwide. As one of music's top bass players, Was has collaborated with countless musicians throughout his storied career, spanning a multitude of genres.
Jay Lane is a longtime Weir collaborator and drummer, who played with Weir's RatDog for more than 16 years. He was also one of Primus' first drummers and recently performed with Phil Lesh and Friends.
Acclaimed keyboardist Jeff Chimenti has a long history of working with former members of Grateful Dead having performed with Bob Weir & RatDog, The Dead and Further. He has been a member of Dead & Company since the band's formation in 2015. In 2020, Jeff Chimenti joined the Wolf Bros and the band began featuring The Wolfpack - a string and brass quintet consisting Alex Kelly, Brian Switzer, Adam Theis, Mads Tolling and Sheldon Brown.
Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Greg Leisz sat in with the group in 2020-2021 on pedal steel and appears on Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros: Live In Colorado. Leisz received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association in 2010, and a GRAMMY in 2011 for his work with Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs on God Willing & Creek Don't Rise.
- Double LP
- Black Vinyl
- Recorded at Red Rocks & Vail, summer 2021
- Group's first physical release
- The first of a two-volume live collection
- All-star lineup feat. Bob Weir, Don Was, Jay Lane & Jeff Chimenti
- Manufactured by Third Man Pressing in Detroit, MI
- New Speedway Boogie
- A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall
- Big River
- West L.A. Fadeaway
- My Brother Esau
- Only A River
- Looks Like Rain
- Lost Sailor / Saint Circumstance