For Dead Heads and others, itâ€™s hard to imagine that it has been 15 years since Jerry Garciaâ€™s death. To honor that anniversary and benefit the Rex Foundation (started by the Grateful Dead), musicians have donated their time and skill to produce a new CD called â€œJerry Jams for Rex,â€ which was released days ago.
Cofounder of the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia remains one of the most legendary and beloved musicians of San Franciscoâ€™s Summer of Love and the years that followed. Honoring Garcia in this compilation are musicians Bruce Hornsby, Phish, The String Cheese Incident, and Keller and the Keels, all of whom are donating previously unreleased live performances of Garcia tunes. Other CD contributors include The Black Crowes, Moonalice and Widespread Panic, among others.
Songs of Jerry Garcia that are performed here include tracks such as â€œSugaree,â€ â€œCumberland Blues,â€ and â€œGoinâ€™ Down the Road Feeling Bad.â€
The Rex Foundation, which will receive all money earned from the sale of CDs and downloads, was founded in 1983 to support grassroots programs in areas like education, the environment, the arts, and community building. More than 1,000 grants totaling more than $8.5 million have been given away for programs in the United States and abroad. Itâ€™s a fitting tribute that the community spirit and creativity of giving lives on in Garciaâ€™s memory through music.