Jerry Garcia Tackles “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”

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The new  album GarciaLive Vol. 3 offers a chance to hear what one of The Band’s signature songs would sound like in the hands of The Grateful Dead’s iconic guitarist and vocalist Jerry Garcia. Garcia performed  “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” some 200 times in different incarnations of his own band between 1972 and 1995, according to Deaddisc.com. This live cut comes from a December 14, 1974 show at the Paramount Theatre in Portland, Oregon. The backing band, dubbed Legion Of Mary, features Merle Saunders on vocals and keyboards, Martin Fierro on saxophone and flute, John Kahn on bass and Ron Tutt on drums.

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