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  posted on 12/1/2019 at 06:19 PM
this box set is now shipping at the owsley stanley foundation site. tons of rare tunes. it looks great
 
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  posted on 12/1/2019 at 07:14 PM
Thanks for the heads up - looks stupendous



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  posted on 12/1/2019 at 09:56 PM
I've heard the name for so many years now but have never once even listened to this band. What is the genre? Alt country?

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  posted on 12/2/2019 at 12:10 AM
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What is the genre? Alt country?


More like Stoner Country. Long story short, NRPS and few other groups invented country rock.

NRPS emerged from the San Francisco rock scene 1969-70 around the time of Workingmans Dead. Garcia did stellar pedal steel on NRPS, they and the Dead and a handful of others, notably first to rock the country was Gram Parsons, Byrds, Stones, all started country rock, not as "alt-country" but a country spinoff of the psychedelic rock of the day.

You can't go wrong with their first record, N.R.P.S. An all time classic. A great standout track is "Henry" about smuggling weed up from Mexico - Goin to Acapulco gonna turn those golden keys . . . :

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WPeeTXN44sM

And of course the stoner country anthem "Panama Red" - On his white horse Mescalito he comes breezin thru town . . .

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eKgB-3aANe0








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  posted on 12/2/2019 at 04:33 AM
Yes, along w/Flying Burrito Bros & others, helped put the ‘country’ into country rock - love Home, Home on the Road - their song Lonesome LA Cowboy, from Panama Red - lost track of em after Powerglide - Great band - had big early exposure touring w/the Dead - in the same way that Tucker did touring w/the ABB, Skynyrd opening for The Who etc

 

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  posted on 12/2/2019 at 01:40 PM
Their live album was great.

Lots of NRPS on youtube.

These guys were the pioneers of stoner cowboy rock well before the others mentioned here, also including Commander Cody and Pure Prairie League.

Glendale Train is a favorite of mine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOk71pHqCu8

They also did this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXntGBXipvk

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  posted on 12/2/2019 at 03:19 PM
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These guys were the pioneers of stoner cowboy rock well before the others mentioned here, also including Commander Cody and Pure Prairie League.

Glendale Train is a favorite of mine.


yep Glendale Train smokes. That whole first NRPS record is the best country rock album ever recorded by my lights.

Certainly NRPS were country rock pioneers before Commander Cody and Pure Prairie League, way before Eagles. NRPS was 1969 come up out of SF at the tail end of first wave, after Byrds Sweetheart of the Rodeo 1968 (regarded as the first country rock record ever), and Poco 1968. Stones had some country rockers on Let It Bleed 1969 and Beggars Banquet 1968

 

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  posted on 12/2/2019 at 09:16 PM
I wonder if there is a cut with Jerry Garcia on lead vocals?.
 

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  posted on 12/2/2019 at 09:59 PM
Good cause! Here is link to order:

https://owsleystanleyfoundation.org/bears-sonic-journals/dawn-of-the-new-ri ders-of-the-purple-sage/

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I wonder if there is a cut with Jerry Garcia on lead vocals?


Doubt it but ya never know. Guaranteed lots of that highflyin pedal steel tho! Just pre-ordered a copy - this really does look like an amazing set. 5 cds of goodness for 40 clams. Cheap!

This Owsley Save the Music project is getting quite a track record!.

I now owe Starfinder two burgers. Viva la Bear!


 

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  posted on 12/2/2019 at 10:36 PM
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A great standout track is "Henry" about smuggling weed up from Mexico - Goin to Acapulco gonna turn those golden keys . . .


My favorite from NR....Buddy Cage

 

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  posted on 12/7/2019 at 12:43 PM
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My favorite from NR....Buddy Cage


You know your riders. Gonna miss them when they're gone . . .

Yeah, Buddy Cage certainly carried NRPS to another level, far surpassing Garcia's unschooled psychedelic pedal steel. However, Garcia certainly knew enough about good steel to recruit Cage as his replacement when he left NRPS.

Sounds like you know your pedal steel - you familiar with Sneaky Pete Kleinow? Absolutely phenomenal .





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  posted on 12/9/2019 at 10:02 AM


i loved Buddy,and Jerry was wonderful in everything he touched.
i really dig the Riders...a challengingly raucous influence back in the day.
hot memories.




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  posted on 12/9/2019 at 03:00 PM
Not downplaying Garcias steel at all "Dirty Business" was one of the most fantastic things I ever heard. He was just dabbling tho. Said himself he gave it up it would take a lifetime to master.

For sure -NRPS was good good times, we all got to play cowboys and indians for a while there,


Let's have a look at the new Owsley album cover its a beaut:



 

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  posted on 12/9/2019 at 03:18 PM
The “official” NRPS opened my first Dead show, 11/11/71, Atlanta Municipal Auditorium, 2weeks after Duane’s accident.

The David Nelson Band is carrying the torch a little but they seem to only play the west coast.

http://www.nelsonband.com/

https://thenewriders.com/




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  posted on 12/9/2019 at 03:32 PM
Good to see David Nelson still active, his Keeper Of The Key live one I haven’t listened to in too long - Stellar version of The Wheel
Very cool that Owsley cover too

 

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  posted on 12/9/2019 at 03:51 PM
Buddy Cage. https://www.westhawaiitoday.com/2018/02/22/entertainment/benefit-concerts-c elebrate-life-and-legacy-of-buddy-cage/
 

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  posted on 12/9/2019 at 04:07 PM
https://www.tahoeonstage.com/artists/new-riders-of-the-purple-sage/
 

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  posted on 12/9/2019 at 04:16 PM
Buddy Cage is a true Warrior.
Giving courage to all the others fighting that fight.
Give em' hell Buddy!!

 

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  posted on 12/11/2019 at 06:21 AM
Agree Cage is more proficient than Garcia on pedal steel. Cage is in hospice and living in Hawaii as I understand it.

Keeper of the Key is a wonderful cd and Hunter's liner notes ring true. David is the Keeper of the Key in the follk/country/Americana tradition. We just saw DNB play two live shows last week in Sonoma and Marin. Both wonderful. Especially the second show. Pete Sears is about as good as any bass guitarist currently in the scene. Add Sless, Molo, Mookie, and David's songs and it's just beauty.

They play two more this weekend in Big Sur and a whole run in Hawaii in late February and Early March.

I've recently read that some version of NRPS may play again next year. They haven't toured since September 2016. I'm assuming without Cage. The last lineup with Cage, Nelson, Michael Falzarano, Ronnie Penque, and Johnny Markowski was very strong. The two cd's are very fine. With some great Robert Hunter/David Nelson penned tunes mixed in with strong ones by Penque, Falzarano, and Markowski.


 

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  posted on 12/14/2019 at 07:21 PM
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These guys were the pioneers of stoner cowboy rock well before the others mentioned here, also including Commander Cody and Pure Prairie League.

Glendale Train is a favorite of mine.


yep Glendale Train smokes. That whole first NRPS record is the best country rock album ever recorded by my lights.

Certainly NRPS were country rock pioneers before Commander Cody and Pure Prairie League, way before Eagles. NRPS was 1969 come up out of SF at the tail end of first wave, after Byrds Sweetheart of the Rodeo 1968 (regarded as the first country rock record ever), and Poco 1968. Stones had some country rockers on Let It Bleed 1969 and Beggars Banquet 1968



This is an interesting thread. I knew of them, knew there was a Garcia connection, but never know much about them. As in, what genre did they go in? So I bought one of their CDs and still couldn't really figure it out. I guess at times people try to put a particular artist / band into a particular classification.

Anyway, I found the Pure Prairie League comments interesting. I always thought of them as a 70s light rock radio band. That was my only exposure to them anyway.

 

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