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Ace by Bob Weir is a necessary a part of the Grateful Useless canon

There are only a few straight traces within the land of the Grateful Useless.

As a substitute, that is an inventive realm that may be charted almost solely in scenic routes. No two reveals have been ever the identical—heck, no two performances of any tune have been ever the identical. This band calls for exploration, rewards endurance and thrives on unpredictability.

However even then, there’s 1972’s “Ace.”

Billed because the debut solo album from singer and guitarist Bob Weir, “Ace” featured backing accompaniment from guitarist Jerry Garcia, drummer Invoice Kreutzmann, bassist Phil Lesh, pianist Keith Godchaux and singer Donna Jean Godchaux, often known as the then-current lineup of the Useless, save for harmonica participant Ron “Pigpen” McKernan.

Bob Weir and Wolf Bros. featuring the Wolfpack, pictured performing at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in April 2022. Weir is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his album

The album has lyrics by the Useless’s official wordsmiths, Robert Hunter and John Perry Barlow, and it was an “Ace” single, “One Extra Saturday Evening,” that the Useless have been touring in assist of of their legendary trek throughout western Europe within the spring of 1972.

Seven of the eight songs on “Ace” grew to become dwell fixtures for the Useless. “Stroll within the Sunshine,” although, was by no means performed dwell by the band, and it is solely been carried out in live performance by Weir twice within the final 50 years.

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