Founding Grateful Dead guitarist and singer Bob Weir will release a new solo album, Blue Mountain, on September 30. The album is Weir’s first studio release since 2000’s Evening Moods with his band RatDog.
Three members of indie-rock band the National — guitarists Aaron and Bryce Dessner and bassist Scott Devendorf — performed on Blue Mountain, which was produced by Josh Kaufman. All four musicians worked extensively on Day of the Dead, the 59-track Grateful Dead tribute album that was released in May and also featured contributions from Weir.
According to a press release, the twelve songs on Blue Mountain draw on Weir’s “experiences working on a ranch in Wyoming as a teenager.” It follows that Weir’s just-announced string of eight fall shows is named the Campfire Tour.
Numerous other musicians performed on Blue Mountain, including members of Dead tribute band Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (Joe Russo, Jon Shaw) and members of RatDog (Jay Lane, Steve Kimock).
Weir has remained extremely active musically despite his lack of studio releases in recent years. The guitarist spent much of the last 20 years touring with Grateful Dead offshoots including The Other Ones, The Dead, and Furthur. Last summer, Weir performed with Trey Anastasio and all the Grateful Dead’s surviving members in five final Fare Thee Well concerts. This summer, he has toured with John Mayer and Grateful Dead drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann as Dead & Company.
Weir was also the subject of last year’s Netflix documentary The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir and is currently executive producing an Amazon film series based on the memoir of Grateful Dead roadie Steve Parish.
Check out the dates for Weir’s Campfire Tour below.
October 7—Marin County Civic Center—San Rafael, CA
October 8—Fox Theater—Oakland, CA
October 10—The Wiltern—Los Angeles, CA
October 12—Tower Theatre—Upper Darby, PA
October 14 & 15—Kings Theatre—Brooklyn, NY
October 16—The Capitol Theatre—Port Chester, NY
October 19—Ryman Auditorium—Nashville, TN