Thinking about a recent post where we shared our first concert experiences, I was reminded about my first concert to see The Grateful Dead. I was fairly young and the environment was overwhelming and exciting.

We used to play one of their songs called “Mr. Charlie”. The Grateful Dead are off beat by nature and this is one of their songs most people have not heard.  I recorded this cover song a couple years ago and decided to pull it out of the ‘deep-freeze’ and post it for the fun of it.

When I was in cover bands, we were pretty much forced to play main stream or currently airing songs.  I would suggest the unknown songs often but understood when we played only a few.  This one never got the approval either, but the core group used to warm up on this one and I just like the flavor of the song.

Credits to The Grateful Dead.  This is my Ovation 12 String guitar and I do a little harmony.  Hope you have a little fun with this as well.

Comments
  1. ruchisom says:

    wow! Its Nice 🙂

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  2. Sounds great. I was never a huge Dead fan but saw them once, just for the experience…and quite an experience it was!!

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    • midimike says:

      I’ll bet it was! I enjoy a number of their songs but as usual, I do not follow the popular trends. I prefer the songs that usually don’t get airplay at all. They have a few excellent songs I really enjoy. Thank you!

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  3. A great version appears on the classic ‘Europe 72’ live record. There’s always been something slightly shaky and fragile in the Grateful Dead’s music that draws me to them. Great track!

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    • midimike says:

      I know it well! They have some jazz influences along with the blue grass and rock and roll. The live jams can get a bit lengthy, but sparks ignite once-in-a-while and it can be worth it. Thank you so much!

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  4. tmezpoetry says:

    Mike, I am jamming out 🙂 Love the tune.

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  5. chuckcdg3 says:

    Awesome Mike! I like a lot of genres but I enjoy covers from this era. I was reintroduced to bands like Allman Brothers, Skynyrd, etc.. thru Karl Cochran’s cover band years ago.

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    • midimike says:

      Thank you. And that is another thing that is so cool about seeing live bands: you do get to hear a lot of different songs you might not otherwise know about. Very cool. Thank you!

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  6. Americana Nut says:

    I love Mr. Charlie! Great call. I enjoyed listening to your version.. Thanks, Gary

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  7. thomas robinson says:

    Personally, I love the triple Mike backup vocals — “juba juba … wholly bully …”

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  8. rubiredsaid says:

    Hello Mike, I have nominated you for the “Creative Blogger’s Award”!
    The rules are on my blog and I hope you’ll take part but there is no pressure if you wish not to.
    Congratulations!
    The rules are on my blog!
    Best wishes!

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  9. snarling fox says:

    Surry on down my brother (from across the pond in Old Blighty). Dark Star
    Live Dead. Love the music.

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  10. poeturja says:

    Wonderful! Tried to share with Pinterest (I have a music board) but didn’t work. Love your music posts!

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    • midimike says:

      Thanks! I really appreciate that. I understand that things don’t work all the time. I will post a funny story soon about updating my PC to Windows 10 that will highlight that pretty well. Thank you for trying and for the visit and hey, thanks for the comments!

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  11. jpas1954 says:

    New commenter here. I couldn’t find the “sharing our first concert experience” post so I thought I’d mention it here. First one I can remember was a free outdoor concert in Philly hosted by a radio station. I think I was 15 or 16 and the main band was the Isley Brothers. They had a hit song called “It’s Your Thing” and I can remember guys calling out “Do your thing! Do your thing!” The first one I ever paid to see was The Band in Central Park. Saw more than a few shows there.

    Nice sound on the 12-string BTW. Leo Kottke tone.

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    • midimike says:

      Try https://midimike.com/2015/08/21/question-of-the-week/ I post a lot and try to keep it organized, so thank you for trying.
      Thank you so much for the comments! That would have been a great first concert. I still remember that hit song and it got played a lot. I can’t tell you who to sock it to! And The Band would have been a great memory to have. I just love the sound of the twelve string guitar and use it all the time to write new songs. I am glad you like it. You are welcome here any time!

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  12. MJF Images says:

    One of my all time favorite Dead songs! Nice job on it!

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  13. grimbeau says:

    my old lady likes this, barney the dog likes this, the river gods like this, and, even i, the most miserable, critical shite on the earth, like this. Fuck Windows Ten! Love & Kisses. G

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  14. midimike says:

    That is so cool! Thank you so much, that is really nice of you to say. Ha! Too funny, and I agree on the Windows Ten!

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