“It was right around the day that Jerry died, was the day it seemed my life had just begun…”
So begins the song Mexico 1995 by Asheville, North Carolina band Tellico on their debut release RELICS AND ROSES. The song is singer Anya Hinkle’s look back at her four month trip from Nogales, Arizona through Guatemala and back, mostly by bus and mostly by herself. It’s a compelling enough story of an eye-opening journey to a different world, a profound contrast following her college experience. Yet there was something about the song’s title and the “Jerry” reference (Garcia) that made it more potent.
That missing factor became apparent one night during the first week of July. I was listening to World Café on WUMB that night. Host David Dye was talking with author David Browne about his book, So Many Roads – The Life And Times of the Grateful Dead. Then it hit me. This August 9th would mark 20 years since Jerry Garcia passed away. It’s funny how when you put a significant anniversary to an event, the memory windows open by themselves.
Love them or hate them, you don’t have to be a Dead Head to appreciate the Grateful Dead’s impact on musical culture. Coming from a background of Jug Band, Blues, and Bluegrass music, they morphed into an entity all their own as a touring machine–an extended family of employees, friends…and of course, fans. Then again, to merely call Dead Heads “fans” is a colossal understatement. Read More…