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Dec 7, 2017 | Posted by: Hooteroll?

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Hooteroll? focuses on the early solo efforts of Jerry Garcia and his collaborations with various musicians over the years, largely focused on his work with Merl Saunders, and their seminal Keystone performance era. Pulling from those works, plus their group Legion of Mary, and Garcia's solo efforts with Jerry Garcia Band (JGB), Hooteroll? delivers a well-rounded look at and listen to the music they loved to play. Hooteroll? member, Mike Lawson performed with Merl Saunders as a regular performer in his San Francisco Bay Area shows between 1996 and 2001, both sitting in, opening for, and as a consistent member of Merl's ad hoc shows with His Funky Friends over the years. Hooteroll? was formed to pay tribute to those musical memories for Lawson, and to bring a unique boogie from the bay area to fans new and old of this remarkable body of work.



"From the inside, Mike Lawson (with Hooteroll?) is preserving the legacy of our father's musical heritage. The collaborations with Garcia were a special time in their evolution. Thanks to Mike, future generations will be able to experience the music as a fan, with Hooteroll? faithfully recreating the vibe my father instilled in those songs.

Merl Saunders Jr.


"Jerry Garcia wrote great songs and had a great ear for other people's songs. Hooteroll? follows that wide, deep path through a wonderland of musical styles with a style and grace of their own."

David Gans, author, musician, and host of The Grateful Dead Hour and Tales from the Golden Road


"Merl Saunders and Jerome, as Merl called him, started playing together in small clubs in San Francisco and were accompanied by some of the best sidemen available and they were always on the lookout for new talent to work and play with. Mike Lawson befriended Merl and had a long and productive musical friendship - Merl and Jerry both would be very pleased to hear that their arrangements and music continue in the band called Hooteroll? with Mike Lawson at the head - he too finds the best to play with."

Boots Jaffee (Merl's right-hand man for nearly three decades and pyro-man from Grateful Dead Movie)
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