As many of us itch for the Deadhead celebration that is SKULL & ROSES to arrive in April, many fans can scratch said itch with an upcoming two-week West Coast string of dates from the festival’s headliner and highly touted Grateful Dead otherworldly tribute Dark Star Orchestra… Read More

So I’ve been called Dino from birth.  My real name is Richard Dean English, but my brothers and sisters started calling me Dino.  I guess they got that from Dean Martin’s son.  There was a band, Dino Desi & Billy.  Pretty funny to have an Italian nickname for a guy named English.  

My first musical memory was when I got my first record player. I think I was five.  It was stereo with two speakers and fairly on the cheap side but I thought it was state of the art. I don’t know if it was my pick or how it ended up on the player, but really the first album that I got heavy into was Abbey Road, which came from my brother’s sizable record collection.  I listened to that one over and over again... Read More

By Dennis McNally

I grew up in the St. Louis area.  I had two older sisters, so they had an influence on me.  In the 70s when they were teenagers they were listening to Styx and Billy Joel and stuff like that.  So I would hear all of that stuff.  And then I would go perusing through my parents’ record collections and remember fondly listening to Harry Belafonte’s Calypso and Greatest Hits album, and you know I’m really a big fan.  Growing up I was hearing all kinds of music.  Do you remember the Columbia Record and Tape Club where you could get 16 albums for a penny?

So I would join those and get everything from rock to reggae to oldies to country and just pop them in and put on my head phones and play along to them.  So all kinds of styles.... Read More

By Dennis McNally

So I’ve been called Dino from birth.  My real name is Richard Dean English, but my brothers and sisters started calling me Dino.  I guess they got that from Dean Martin’s son... Read More

By Dennis McNally

I grew up in the St. Louis area.  I had two older sisters, so they had an influence on me.  In the 70s when they were teenagers they were listening to Styx and Billy Joel and stuff like that... Read More

By Dennis McNally

SEVA press conference 12/26/79

Back in 1978 I was not yet on salary with the Grateful Dead. I had my shop at Hard Truckers… Read more

It’s All Over Now (Not Baby Blue)

This week we will look at the song “It’s All Over Now,” which the Grateful Dead covered for decades… Read more

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