7 Walkers
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY

Neumann TLM-170 (cardoids, FOB almost parallel to right PA, about 40' from stage) -> Sound Devices 722 (@24/96); FLAC File processing in SoundForge Audio Studio 10.0b (volume normalization; resample to 44.1 with iZotope 64-Bit SRC set higher than "Highest Quality" setting w/anti-alias filter; 24->16 bit dither using iZotope MBIT+ Dither with Ultra noise shaping, High dither settings); Tracked in CDWav.

Set 1:
1. tuning
2. jam ->
3. Deal
4. banter - dedication to the mayor of Strawberry Fields
5. Mr. Charlie
6. Hey Pocky Way *
7. Death Don't Have No Mercy
8. Seven Walkers ->
9. Since I Laid My Burden Down
10. banter - I know I can get a decent slice
11. Sugaree *
12. Wharf Rat
13. setbreak announce

Set 2:
1. crowd
2. tuning
3. Bertha ->
4. drum solo ->
5. (Turn On Your) Lovelight
6. Bottle Up And Go -> +
7. I Know You Rider
8. Little Sadie
9. banter - band intros
10. Cabbage Alley *
11. New Orleans Crawl
12. Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad
13. thanks/encore break
14. Junco Partner *
15. outro

Recorded, mastered, and tracked by Scott Bernstein

Papa Mali (Malcom Welborne) - guitar, vocals
Bill Kreutzmann - drums
George Porter, Jr. [The Meters] - bass, * = George on vocals
Matt Hubbard - keyboards, harmonica, trombone

+ = w/"Within You Without You" (The Beatles) jam, bass solo

- "Seven Walkers" and "New Orelans Crawl" are new Robert Hunter-penned songs for this band
- Set 2 outro includes the beginning of the "Different Strokes" theme played over the PA as a tribute to Gary Coleman who died earlier in the day

This was a really sweet show in many ways -- a unique pairing of my favorite bassist with Bill K, one of the only drummers who can play "loose" and "tight" at the same time, and a swampy guitar player/singer with tons of soul. Cool song selection combining Grateful Dead classics, New Orleans covers (George's territory), blues covers/sprirtuals/traditional numbers (Papa Mali's territory), and originals written by Robert Hunter specificially for this band. If you want to boil the whole thing down to one song to sample, just give a listen to Junco Partner, the encore -- you'll get the idea. Too bad they didn't do Papa Mali's rendition of Guilded Splinters -- that's one that never fails to impress!

Go see them when they come to your town!