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Cover Wars: Lawyers, Guns & Money

Lawyers, Guns & Money is the closing track on Warren Zevon’s seminal 1978 classic Excitable Boy. While the album might be best known for containing the oft covered Halloween favorite – Werewolves Of London – there are surprisingly no shortage of acts that have covered this tale of waitresses involved with the Russians, gambling trips gone awry in Havana, and hiding out in Honduras, as the protagonist implores for his father to send lawyers, guns and money to get him out of it all.

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The Contestants:

Widespread Panic: According the Everyday Companion the Southern jam titans first covered LG&M all the back in 1987,  playing the song semi-regularly for a two-year period before shelving it for almost all of the ’90s – busting it out just twice for Halloween shows. The song returned back into rotation in 2000, and has stayed there since.  Source: 10-4-2010


READ ON for more covers of Lawyers, Guns & Money…

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Preview: Memorial Day Weekend Festivals

While the festival season has grown in recent years, most see Memorial Day as the official opening weekend. Traditionally, many of the festivals on this weekend were smaller, local options but this year we add another large festival to the mix giving fans more options for music over the long weekend. Just don’t forget the weather can still be a little cool & unpredictable so make sure you don’t forget that extra sweatshirt & rain gear!

[Photo by Jeremy Gordon]

For those of you out on the West Coast (or willing to travel) Furthur has you covered with their inaugural festival at the Calaveras Fairground in Angels Camp, CA. Furthur, which brings together Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, will play 6 full sets over the weekend each covering an entire Grateful Dead album making this the perfect choice for Deadhead’s young and old. Saturday will see American Beauty, Workingman’s Dead and Anthem of the Sun, while Sunday will cover Blues for Allah, Aoxomoxoa and Terrapin Station. Hot Tuna, Jackie Greene and Larry Campbell as well as other GD friends and family will be joining in over the weekend to round out the line up. Tickets start at $125 with a VIP option available. READ ON for more…

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Last Week’s Sauce: November 23rd – 29th

Last Week’s Sauce features recordings of shows from the previous week.


[Thanks to stober for this week’s photo]

Artist & Title: Brooklyn Bowl All Stars – Dear Mr. Fantasy
Date & Venue: 2009-11-28 Brooklyn Bowl, New York NY
Taper & Show Download: Dave Mallick

On November 28th, the Brooklyn Bowl hosted a care package assembly party and people were encouraged to show up with items to donate and/or cash donations for the troops overseas. The evening concluded with a performance from the Brooklyn Bowl All Stars, which featured members of Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers, State Radio, Guster, and fun. The Brooklyn Bowl will be the scene of Phish after-shows the next three nights with a great lineup of Everyone Orchestra tonight and tomorrow, and Motion Potion on Friday.


READ ON for tracks from From Good Homes, Guitarness, Phish and WSP…

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CW: You Can’t Always Get What You Want

You Can’t Always Get What You Want is the closing track on the 1969 Rolling Stones album Let It Bleed. Regular readers may remember we did our first Stones song edition of Cover Wars two months ago when we took a look at covers of Can’t You Hear Me Knocking.

There are some very interesting quotes regarding the drumming on this track included in the book According to the Rolling Stones, you can see the page in question over at Google Books (what an amazing resource).

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Aretha Franklin: This cover comes off a 1981 Aretha Franklin album that universally gets bad to lukewarm reviews. The arrangement is very 80’s. Still, it’s worth a couple minutes to hear the Queen Of Soul sing lead on this tune. Source: Love All The Hurt Away


READ ON to hear the rest of this week’s Cover Wars contestants…

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Bill Kreutzmann/Oteil Burbridge/Scott Murawski: Higher Ground, South Burlington, VT 6/07/08

Of the four original surviving members of the Grateful Dead, drummer Bill Kreutzmann has kept the lowest profile since the untimely death of Jerry Garcia in 1995. But now this long-standing resident of Hawaii has elevated that profile considerably this year with his work in the trio format with bassist Oteil Burbridge (Aquarium Rescue Unit, ABB) and guitarist/vocalist Scott Murawski (Max Creek).

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Deep Within Max Creek

For over thirty years, Max Creek has been playing their unique package of infectious music across the northeast. Glide Magazine recently inteviewed keyboardist Mark Mercier and drummer Scott Allshouse to discuss topics that include their band’s longevity, Camp Creek, improvisational music, and playing with Phil Lesh.

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