Recommended by Dave Segal
Not only are the Grateful Dead their own cottage industry (still!), the venerable San Francisco psychedelic/Americana juggernaut has spun off hordes of tribute bands that form their own lucrative sonic ecosystem. In Seattle, Andy Coe Band reign in that Garcia-fied realm. Coe is the guitar hero/vocalist who captains this trip with astonishing dexterity and soulfulness. The rest of the group also possess deep knowledge of the Dead’s songbook, and their fluid, rootsy, interstellar moves reanimate the mother of all jam band’s music for those who may have missed the originators. And damn if Andy Coe Band’s rendition of “St. Stephen” isn’t pure bliss.