Bob Weir & Wolf Bros stopped by NPR Studios recently for a quick performance on the iconic Tiny Desk series. The folk trio, consisting of Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir, drummer Jay Lane and bassist/producer Don Was, performed a handful of songs including some Grateful Dead chestnuts and were joined by harpist Mikaela Davis for the final two songs of their abbreviated 25-minute set.
Weir opened things up with a serene version of “Only a River”, from his 2016 solo venture Blue Mountain before transitioning into one of his most familiar Dylan covers “When I Paint My Masterpiece”. Davis then joined the group to offer some distinctly non-Western style leads on the Garcia/Hunter classic “Bird Song”, which saw Weir switch between his acoustic and electric guitars on-the-fly. The set ended with a gentle take on the Dead’s “Ripple” which included a full-fledged sing-along from the Washington D.C studio audience during the song’s final vocal refrain.
Watch Bob Weir & Wolf Bros Tiny Desk Concert performance below:
Setlist: Only a River, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Bird Song, Ripple