“You have to look for archetypal directions within the poetry, and then you have to see if it strikes a chord in your soul.” -Weir
Kingfish album cover by Philip Garris, 1976
Isabelle Wheeler, who at this time (1975/76) was Owsley’s girlfriend. Mickey called her ‘Bear Lady’. She was one of the people who moved to Australia when Bear did and still resides there in 2015.
Bobby striking a casual pose on the hood of his Corvette, circa 1975/76.
The poster from a benefit for the family of poster artist, Bob Fried, who passed away in 1975.
He created many of the iconic Grateful Dead posters and a very unique art piece for them of a skeleton walking on stilts.
The album Pistol Packin’ Mama, released on Round Records in March 1976, was recorded at Mickey Hart’s Barn studio.
This cover photo, taken in front of the barn, features a bluegrass super group assembled from some of Garcia’s heroes.
From the left is Pat Campbell (stand up bass), Chubby Wise (fiddle), Franklin Wakefield (mandolin), Don Reno (banjo) and David Nelson (guitar). The little Pistol Packin’ Mama in front is Christina Hart, daughter of the author, Jerilyn Lee Brandelius.
Photo Credits: Isabelle – Snooky Flowers, Bobby – Ed Perlstein, Pistol Packin’ photo – Ron Rakow