Grateful Dead – “Tennessee Jed” Live
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“Tennessee Jed” was written by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter. It appeared on the first set during a live performance in the Northrop Auditorium in Minnesota on October 19, 1971. From then on, it became a staple during their concerts and shows.
Hunter, in Box of Rain, says
“‘Tennessee Jed’ originated in Barcelona, Spain. Topped up on vino tinto, I composed it aloud to the sound of a jaw harp twanged between echoing building faces by someone strolling half a block ahead of me in the late summer twilight.”
This song basically talks about homesickness and this was probably the inspiration for Hunter. Not only does it have notable lyrics but it also has a wonderful rhythm and a bouncy beat!
The catchy descending motif, and then, in the solo, the wordless bridge that explodes into a brand-new space, right before our very ears.
So much “feels” in one song!