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Sebastopol, CA Rock
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Grateful Dead producer Bob Matthews is hitting road with his band The Pond to record a live album. Come meet Bob and hear his stories.

Sebastopol, CA Rock
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Bob Matthews Helped Shape Rock n Roll Music and how it is recorded, now he has a last request for his, “Bucket List.”

Bob Matthews was an integral part of Rock n Roll history. He was the “Bob,” in the famous “Bob and Betty,” duo who recorded much of the early Grateful Dead albums, both Live and Studio albums. Bob is recognized for his Live Recording and for keeping music honest and real.

In the Fall of 2012, Thanksgiving Day, Bob spent the better part of a day on the operating table in a hospital in the East Bay of California. Diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma Cancer, Bob has been given limits on the time he has here on Earth. As part of his, “Bucket List,” Bob has decided to spend more time with his first love, Music.

As a young man, Bob was the first Bass Player for New Riders of the Purple Sage. Keeping up with playing with a new band, and still doing the lion’s share of the production work and sound engineering for the Grateful Dead and others, became too much, so Bob had to decide which way he wanted to go… Bob continued working with the technical side of music. The rest, as they say, is history. Bob assisted in or produced some 10 Platinum albums. He was involved as Sound Engineer for some of the Grateful Dead’s most famous tours; Europe ’72, the Pyramid Shows in Egypt, and the Wall of Sound Tour, just to name a few.

So, our request is simple; we wish to take Bob out on one last tour…this time, as a musician… Bob is an excellent bass player in his own right. He was the first bass player for New Riders of the Purple Sage, and is a valued member of The Pond, (Formerly Cement Pond,) as bass player, writer, collaborator and, of course, Producer and Sound Engineer.

Why do we need your Support?

Our needs are designed to support Bob throughout the tour. Including, comfortable transportation, which may include a motorhome or tour bus, so Bob can sleep as we travel, and, so Bob can have a place to rest before and after shows. We also want to bring an assistant for Bob to help with sound gear, and recording while Bob is playing with The Pond and The Lindells on stage.

A Final Studio and Live Album Produced by Bob Matthews

We would also like to use funds to finish The Pond’s first studio album, and to record, mix and produce the live tour scheduled for June of 2014 in Colorado, Arizona and California. Resources will also be accessed for artwork, production time, studio time, and the manufacturing and packaging of the Studio Album as well as the Live Album.

Any assistance, no matter how small, will be appreciated.

Come out and join us on the tour when we are in your area.

Click here to see the the full interview with Bob on YouTube

Bob Matthews- Bass guitar, producer and inspiring sage: Bob’s career started in the 1960’s with a band named The Grateful Dead. Bob produced and engineered on many of the Dead’s classic records. “ Workingman’s Dead”, “Live Dead” and “Garcia” are just a few of his credits. Together with Betty Cantor Jackson, the team also is responsible for the live recordings of the Dead into the 1980’s. Their recordings are regarded as the greatest document of live music ever put to tape. Bob was also the first bass player for New Riders of the Purple Sage. He plays a unique custom bass made of aluminum.

David E. Brown-Studied piano with mother at age six.  Started violin at age nine.  Played violin through high school and college.  Worked as an apprentice violin-maker in San Francisco.  Studied string bass with Vernon Alley.  Studied sitar with Ali Akbar Khan.  Played string bass and electric bass professionally for fifty-nine years.  Was a recording engineer/producer for many years including five years with Columbia Records in San Francisco.  Album credits include Santana Abraxas and Santana 3, five albums with Taj Mahal and many other artists including Paul Simon and Barbara Striesand. Worked with Bob and Betty on the Grateful Dead's "Workingman's Dead" album while the house engineer at Pacific High Recording in San Francisco.  Currently working as a singer and guitarist and teacher of music appreciation at several Santa Rosa nursing homes.

Larry Otis-
Electric guitar, slide guitar and mandolin: Larry is one of the finest guitarists in the country. His playing can only be described as soulful and powerful. He has performed with Ike and Tina Turner, Billy C. Farlow of Commander Cody fame and has played on sessions for the renowned Motown label. Larry plays in many Bay Area bands and has released his own compositions as well. From his bio Larry explains,” Jerry Reed meets Sergio Leone country on steroids.”

Stan Davis- Acoustic guitar and vocals: Stan is a Colorado native who has been writing amazing songs for the past 25 years. Stan has performed his songs in his own band and has played with The Lindells and The Beautiful Loser Society as well. His songs sit right along side Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark. His songs take us to both light and dark places. His powerful voice and percussive guitar playing anchor the trio.

Risks and challenges

We are hoping for good health for all of the band members, but as everyone knows, sometimes illness can come up. We are expecting to go on tour and record all the shows as planned. If any of the band members are unable to go on tour, that would hinder our timeline for both the tour and the album production.

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    The Pond - Official Tour Sticker

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    The Pond - Official Tour Sticker Signed by all members of the band.

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    Official The Pond Tour CD or digital music download (your option) that will include music played while on tour in May/June. Produced by Bob Matthews. You will also receive an official The Pond tour sticker.

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    Get on the Guest List for one of our shows and come for a Meet and Greet with the band including Bob. 5 Spots available per location. Entry and meet and greet for donor +1.

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    Get your name in the "Special Thanks" section in the CD sleeve for the live tour album. You will also receive a signed CD and a signed tour sticker.

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    Executive Producer Credit on The Pond live album CD. Includes signed copy of the CD and entry into your choice of concerts as scheduled.

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    1 hour sit down visit with Bob Matthews. Bob believes in the oral tradition of storytelling and boy does he have some stories! Come and ask Bob anything about his life and his time on the road with the Grateful Dead. Transportation not included. You will be notified of the bands schedule and you can choose a time to meet with Bob while on tour or at home in Northern California.

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    The Pond House Concert- in your home. We will come to your home in Northern California, Nevada, Utah or Colorado or within a reasonable distance of planned itinerary in May/June.

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