Tuesday, July 24, 2018

024 - Tom Constanten & Prana Crafter

Folks, we have a packed episode for you this go-round. First up, you'll hear a brief chat that I was privileged to have with Grateful Dead keyboardist, Tom Constanten. Tom is currently in the group Live Dead '69 who are embarking on a short East Coast tour to mark the Days Between. In addition to T.C., the band features Mark Karan, Robin Sylvester, Slick Aguilar, and Michal Falzarano. They're billing it as Live Dead & Riders '69 this time as they'll be including a New Riders set at the beginning of each show! This looks to be a blast so have a look at the tour dates below. If they're anywhere near you, be sure to check them out. I'll be at the D.C. show on 8/2.

8/1 - The Foundry At The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA
8/2 - The Hamilton, Washington, D.C.
8/3 - 13th Annual Bear’s Picnic Family Reunion, Blain Picnic Grounds, Blaine, PA
8/4 - Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ
8/5 - The Space At Westbury, Westbury, NY

After that, we've got a great chat with guitarist Will Soll who, under the name Prana Crafter, has a new album called Enter The Stream coming out on July 31. Prana Crafter is terrific psychedelic music touching on mystical folk sounds that are better heard than written about so we'll play you a cut from the new album before we get into some good old Grateful Dead. When you like what you hear, you can grip a physical copy of the album from Sunrise Ocean Bender Records or grab a digital version straight from Bandcamp.

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Selections In This Episode:
Prana Crafter: Old North Wind (from the forthcoming album, Enter The Stream on Sunrise Ocean Bender Records
Grateful Dead:
1968-10-12 Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA - Dark Star 
1969-12-12 Thelma Theater, Los Angeles, CA - Cumberland Blues, Black Peter, Next Time You See Me 
1973-12-12 The Omni, Atlanta, GA - Eyes Of The World > Morning Dew 
1968-10-12 Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA - Jam > Feedback

Will mentioned Hendrix being at the Avalon to sit-in with The Grateful Dead on 1968-10-12. Here's a good telling of how that may have gone down via Lost Live Dead.

Another interesting site mentioned by Will is Save Your Face. Check it out.

Lastly, you can cop some more Prana Crafter music here:
MindStreamBlessing cassette on Eiderdown 
Bodhi Cheetah’s Choice on Beyond Beyond Is Beyond

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