Terrapin Sedation wrote:
Blair Jackson, one of the crunchiest chroniclers of all things Dead, has a great blog on Dead.net (among several)
His latest is about Phish and the other jambands, and why they didn't resonate with him like the GD, but how he still roots for their success. because they are all cars on the Grateful Dead train..
There are about 100 replies on this thread. .....its a topic that has been mullled over many times... But these responses are all thoughtful and come from the Deadicated (who else visits that site?).....They are not the " my band is better than your band" quality you might find in other places.
I recommend checking it out and adding your 2 cents.
I'm about to add mine.
Thanks for posting this. I read Blair's post on Dead.net the day it came out and I thought about it, but you motivated me to post a response. Here's what I posted:
Here's my two cents. I'm a 200plus show veteran dating back to 1982, so for me nothing will ever compare to the Grateful Dead. They are in their own special catagory in my heart and soul. Having said that, I also really enjoy both Phish and Widespread Panic. To me they are sort of yin and yang. Phish is light-hearted goofy fun, and Widepread Panic's music to me is very beautiful, but in a dark way. Depending on my mood, either band can make me happy as a listening choice, and I really love them both in concert. A lot of Deadheads share Blair's opinion of these two bands, but I feel fortunate that I am not one of them.