Last year, JamBase kicked off an awesome project leading up to the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary project titled “Songs of Their Own.” As bands toured through San Francisco, JamBase filmed them covering Grateful Dead originals in intimate settings like backstage, hotel rooms or their offices.
They kicked off the series with Anders Osborne and Luther Dickinson performing a solemn cover of “Black Muddy River” from the In The Dark album.
Luther and Anders were deciding between “Berta” and “Black Muddy River” and the JamBase team urged them to do “Black Muddy River.” Right before the recording, the JamBase team mentioned to Anders that “Black Muddy River” was the last song Jerry Garcia sang with the Grateful Dead at Soldier Field in 1995. After a heavy pause, he simply replied, “Wow, I wish you hadn’t told me that before we recorded this.”
Luther’s stirring slide guitar combined with Anders’ soulful vocals produced an amazing version of the song.
Watch the beautiful and as JamBase described it “absolutely heartfelt” rendition of the song done in the first and only take.