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December 2, 2010

Grateful Dead drummer to play Higher Ground

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BURLINGTON —

SOUL SOAKING

Legendary poet/lyricist Robert Hunter, who had an bountiful and irreplaceable partnership with Garcia, collaborates with Mali and churns out melodies that fit snugly within Kreutzmann's vision, soaking into your skin with the scent of a fresh rain or spilled whiskey bottle.

With sharp-as-nails acoustic guitar strokes and a bass drumbeat echoing the footfalls of a loved one walking slowly out of your life, "Evangeline" conjures the image of a femme fatale long lost, residing only in the foggy memories of the past.

Lacy keyboard strokes, dizzying circus rhythms and the soothing guest vocals of Willie Nelson waft throughout "King Cotton Blues." Somber guitar notes radiate from the speakers, mesmerizing the listener. It sticks to your heart; it sticks to your soul.

It is a sentiment solely revealed by poignant music crafted by kindred spirits.

Kreutzmann turned 64 in May. Does that milestone hold meaning for him— He paused for a moment then chuckled.

"I don't know. Will you still love me when I'm 64—"

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