July 19, 2011 – 2:45 am

Reimagining the Grateful Dead as new country.

Click on the panels for a better view or to download the artwork.

A Tribute to the Grateful Dead [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN, June 17, 2011. A very good audience stereo recording. Turn up the volume and the bass.

“If you are interested in how Hunter-Garcia music sounds when it is sung in tune, give this a listen. The three women, and specially Catherine Russell, are excellent.”
- joxer6’s comment at SHNflac, the Losslesslegs site.

American Beauty Project are a collective of seasoned musicians dedicated to promote two 1970 Grateful Dead albums - Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty. Both albums moved away from the Dead’s legendary jams to offer softer, traditional folk, country and bluegrass tunes. A return to their roots.

The musicians here are amply qualified. Jim Lauderdale has worked for Carlene Carter and Dwight Yoakam and written hits for George Strait, the Dixie Chicks, Patty Loveless and others. David Mansfield is remembered as a member of Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue and composer of the soundtrack to Heaven’s Gate. Mansfield was guesting for founder member Larry Campbell. Aoife O’Donovan is from indie band Crooked Still and Catherine Russell is a blues/jazz singer and a regular backing vocalist for Steely Dan.

The rest of the project are the band Ollabelle which includes Fiona McBain, Byron Isaacs, Tony Leone and Glen Patscha. Members of Ollabelle are shared with The Levon Helm Band.

If you’ve ever wondered what the Dead’s lyricist Robert Hunter’s words sounded like unencumbered by the Dead’s loudness, then American Beauty Project is a good place to start.

Recorded and transferred by perks at Losslesslegs. A very big thank you. Now turn up that volume.
- The Little Chicken

Source: Schoeps MK5’s (c) > actives > Nbox > Edirol R-09HR @ 24/48. Recorded from row 10 directly in the center of the stage.

Transfer: Kingston 8gb SDHC card > Dell PC > 24bit WAV > Sony Sound Forge 9.0e > 16bit WAV > CDWave Editor > FLAC16.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (sample rate 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1 (Set 1)
Track 101. Crowd/Tuning (1.7MB)
Track 102. Friend Of The Devil (6.3MB)
Track 103. Sugar Magnolia (6.4MB)
Track 104. Brokedown Palace (9.3MB)
Track 105. ‘Til The Morning Comes (7.4MB)
Track 106. Ramble On Rose (11.2MB)
Track 107. Ripple (9.7MB)
Track 108. New Speedway Boogie (9.3MB)
Track 109. Easy Wind (6.7MB)
Track 110. Box Of Rain (10.3MB)

Disc 2 (Set 2)
Track 201. Crowd (838k)
Track 202. Wharf Rat (16.6MB)
Track 203. Black Peter (9.8MB)
Track 204. Row Jimmy (10.3MB)
Track 205. Operator (5.6MB)
Track 206. Uncle John’s Band (11.3MB)
Track 207. Attics Of My Life (10.2MB)
Track 208. Band Intros (4.4MB)
Track 209. Cumberland Blues (13.5MB)
Track 210. Encore Break (1.8MB)
Track 211. Casey Jones (10.9MB)

Jim Lauderdale
Catherine Russell
David Mansfield
Byron Isaacs
Tony Leone
Glen Patscha
Fiona McBain
Aoife O’Donovan

If you like what you’ve heard, why not buy an official recording by the band of their show at Page Auditorium, Duke University, Durham, NC on Oct 15, 2010? Available as CD, MP3 or FLAC. Two different shows are available. Buy now.

Ollabelle form the backbone of The American Beauty Project. Buy their album Before This Time here.

  1. 8 Responses to “AMERICA’S BEAUTY”

  2. Greetings Webmaster. Welcome back. Hope you enjoyed your holiday.

    Thanks for this one. I hope it doesn’t get removed like The Orchestral Dead did a few years ago.

    By Sking on Jul 19, 2011

  3. Great music. Thanks for the introduction.

    By Charl on Jul 19, 2011

  4. Jim Lauderdale has just released his THIRD Cd collaboration with Robert Hunter, Reason & Rhyme, He’s got quite the Resume, far beyond what’s noted here, including critical work with Ralph Stanley and Donna The Buffalo. If you DON’T know him, this would be a great place to start; he has solo CDs going back to the early 90s.
    David Mansfield also was a founding member of Bruce Hornsby’s band on his first two RCA LPs. H was a part of Arista Records’ band The Alpha BAnd (along with T-Bone Burnett & Stephen Soles, which did three very cool rare LPs post-Rolling Thunder Revue.

    By Duncanmusic on Jul 19, 2011

  5. Seeing him at Grassroots this weekend. Thanks for the show

    By bcrawfd on Jul 21, 2011

  6. thanks, bigO - a wonderful surprise to see this!


    By I-) on Jul 23, 2011

  7. This is great. Thanks for sharing it.

    By JG on Jul 24, 2011

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  9. 104, 107 and 203 are dead

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