At this time, the band called their concerts ‘An Evening with the Grateful Dead featuring the New Riders of the Purple Sage’. Jerry’s interest in playing the pedal steel had led him to an active participation with the New Riders. His interest in bluegrass music went way back — his first instrument was a banjo.

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The New Riders stand on Nicasio Reservoir during a drought.

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Europe ’74

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Our French hosts, Daniel Scuster and Jean-Jacques Damiani, attend the unloading equipment

Our relationship is mostly out there on the road because our work is a communal experience. But we’re all living individual lives. It’s all interlocked and interwoven, but we have a large community that’s too large for everybody to keep in touch with everybody else daily so everything is out in little camps. We’ll all get together and work out stuff on the road or at meetings.

Photoa: Main – Herb Greene, Insets – Mark Raizene