For Your Monday Listening Pleasure: Robert Hunter Comes Alive at Poor David's in 1986

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David Card at Poor David's on Lower Greenville in a photo taken some time in the mid-1980s
I was digging through our old photo archives Friday afternoon -- I think I'm the only one left 'round here who knows we even have such a thing -- looking for a photo that, turns out, I remembered wrong. I thought it was a picture of R.E.M.'s visit to Clearview following the band's 1987 performance at Moody Coliseum, which one Friend of Unfair Park mentioned last week. But, no, it's Michael Stipe at some other club in 1985 -- and, no, it's from that Bronco Bowl gig. So. Sorry.

But while I was digging, I did come across a buried file of old nightclub pics containing, among other things, Bronco Bowl conceptual renderings dating back to its 1996 redo, the Fast and Cool, the since-razed Hard Rock Cafe on McKinney when it was still shiny and brand-new, and pictures of Angus Wynne with hair. Also in the stack: several pictures from the second home of Poor David's Pub on Lower Greenville, with owner David Card in every one.

The timing was fortuitous: Over the weekend I was looking for an old Dallas history-of I'd once seen on Archive.org when I espied this brand-new addition to the Live Music Archive: a soundboard recording of Robert Hunter at Poor David's on October 18, 1986 -- one of two sold-out shows the Grateful Dead lyricist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer performed there that night. I've said it before: When it comes to the Dead, I start and end with American Beauty -- and hey, lookie there, "Friend of the Devil" crops up second on the set list. Later on comes a lengthy discussion of Herschel Walker versus Tony Dorsett. Then, "Ship of Fools."

Speaking of, Schutze and I off to the debate. Pray for us.
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scottindallas
scottindallas

Rob't, so are you out on Workingman's Dead and Amoxomoa? Both those albums have songs that seem to have a similar vibe to American Beauty. I'm an album guy so I cherish the off tracks, Workingman's is strong while Amoxomoa is much more hit and miss, though wonderfully whimsical. I agree that American Beauty is a transcendent album, though for me Workingman's is a close, mellower second.

dallasgal
dallasgal

Any goodies from Mother Blues?

warden62
warden62

I sure do miss the original Poor David's.

Dwight Mannsburden
Dwight Mannsburden

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JensenLee
JensenLee

No argument here, 1970's "American Beauty" was a masterpiece as the band evolved from the psychedelic era to the country-rock of groups like New Riders of the Purple Sage. It included one of the Dead's best loved tracks,“Box of Rain,” bassist Phil Lesh’s song to his ailing father.

Lyricist Bob Hunter says the song’s title means “the world we live on.” On my Rockaeology blog at http://bit.ly/j20zF4 Jerry Garcia describes how Hunter pairs his writing with the band’s music. Hunter says, "I'm able to translate peoples' scat. I hear English in it, almost as though I write down what I hear underneath that."

Liles
Liles

Stipe and Peter Buck came to the Theater Gallery in Deep Ellum after the REM show with True West at Bronco Bowl.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Actually, in a pinch I can listen to Workingman's Dead, but song for song nothing compares to American Beauty -- it's the one Dead album I can listen to without hitting the "skip it" button. But I'll take the first two Band albums over both. Or anything else ever, mostly.

Loser
Loser

That Garcia '72 album has some of the best of the Garcia/Hunter compositions.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

I wonder if that's where the picture's from. I'll scan and send to you.

Brendan McNally
Brendan McNally

I always considered Workingman's Dead and American Beauty as a single Album. There is one of two songs on Amoxomoa I really like but on balance it's an overproduced, disposable album, same with almost everything else they did. Geeze, I've gotten so reductivist. I hate people like me.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Brendan, I tip my yarmulke in your general direction for that entire comment, which deserves much more than a mere "like."

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