New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Bob Weir

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Bob Weir What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I'd totally forgotten about Bessie Smith until a few nights back," Bob Weir told us during a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood. A few nights beforehand, Weir was accompanying country/folk legend Ramblin' Jack Elliot at a club in Mill Valley, CA and the two played a couple of her tunes. "Oh, that's right," mused Weir, "these songs are great...she really had something going back then." Before his in-store performance to promote his latest solo album, Blue Mountain, Weir grabbed a compilation of Smith recordings, as well as some other great picks that had a lot of meaning to him.

Bob Weir Blue Mountain Bob Weir is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, and founding member of the Grateful Dead. While still a teenager, he encountered Jerry Garcia playing guitar at a music store; he sat down and played some songs with Garcia and the pair decided to form a band together. Over the course of the Dead's thirty years, Weir played rhythm guitar, sang a significant portion of the band's non-Garcia lead vocals, and experimented with slide guitar. He released his first solo LP, Ace, in 1972. The other members of the Dead served as his backing band. Six years later, he released his sophomore solo album, Heaven Help the Fool. His next solo album came almost four decades later; Blue Mountain was released in 2016.

After the Grateful Dead disbanded in 1995, Weir began performing with his bandmates as The Other Ones. This group would go on to assume the moniker of The Dead. He has been a founding member of many bands throughout his career, including Kingfish, Further, RatDog, Bob Weir Band, Bobby and the Midnites, and Scaring the Children. In addition to his solo work, he currently performs with Dead & Company, which features his longtime Dead bandmates Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann along with John Mayer. Weir was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

In addition to Bessie Smith, Weir picked up a killer Howlin' Wolf compilation, Blues From Hell. "I'm a huge Howlin' Wolf fan," says Weir. "He was monster." Another personal favorite of Weir's is John Coltrane, whose albums Africa / Brass and Coltrane were particularly influential on him. Weir also found an album by his "old pal" Taj Mahal that he'd never heard before featuring The Hula Blues Band.

But which indie-rockers does Bob Weir call "a real, solid American band"? And which Beatles record did he choose? You'll have to watch the video below to find out:

Bob Weir - What's In My Bag?
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