Wednesday, September 25, 2019

RIP Robert Hunter

Robert Hunter recently passed away, he was 78 years old.

Obviously Hunter came into RtBE's world through the music of the Grateful Dead as Hunter wrote some of the bands most iconic lyrics. As a person who writes words, writes lyrics and loves poetry Hunter was extremely influential. His fantastical tales, poetic twist, western themes, loners, lovers and scoundrels all have roots in Americana, Irish/Scottish/English Folk and beyond.

It may sound strange but "Dark Star" first appealed to RtBE on a written level, "transitive night fall of darkness" just rings so poetic. Hunter and Jerry Garcia made an amazing partnership, their "Terrapin Station" story alone is so symbiotic, and the pair created such lasting tunes Hunters words will never die.

RtBE had the pleasure of seeing Hunter perform solo in between amazing sets from The Other Ones up in Albany back in 2002 and it was fun as he sung Dead songs like "Loser" and his own "Boys in the Barroom".

Hunter didn't only write for the Dead and himself, he wrote with Bob Dylan, Little Feat and Bruce Hornsby. He is the only non performer inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when the Grateful Dead were as he was a band member and a crucial part of their legacy. RIP

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