About

We are musical children of the Grateful Dead: this means we are fans of a formidable book of original songs, devotees of collective improvisation, and strong believers in the power and magic of live performance. We compose our own music, we interpret songs from a great variety of musical sources, and we allow our performances to construct themselves to the greatest extent possible. We believe in the art of musical conversation, and we conduct that discourse in our own voices as opposed to mimicking the styles and sounds of others.

Fragile Thunder is a collaboration among musical friends who share a love for this great and eclectic American musical form. Stephen played on Anela's album Harpin' on the Dead; David sang harmony and played on the bonus tracks of Cut the Dead Some Slack. We have performed in various pairings in recent years, and we got together in April 2018 at Oakland's Megasonic Sound (with the great Robin Sylvester, formerly of Bob Weir and Ratdog, on bass) to deliver a new and unique acoustic take on the music of the Dead.

We are profoundly pleased with the results! Two very long, exploratory versions of "Dark Star," a 14-minute "St Stephen" with two nice jams, and David's delightful "Jacqueline."

This Kickstarter project is for the purpose of getting the record mastered, packaged, and pressed, and to get the word out about it in the world. We plan to release it in April of 20019, with a performance at the Skull & Roses Festival in Ventura CA (and, if all goes well, a western tour immediately after that).

We'll have a cover painting/poster by William Giese, who did the cover for Anela's Harpin' on the Dead album.

We thank you for your kind attention, and we hope you'll contribute!

Anela, Stephen, and David

Risks and challenges

The music has been recorded and mixed. David has released more than 15 records on his PERFECTIBLE RECORDINGS label, and we have all completed crowdfunded projects in the recent past. We are confident we can deliver this project in full and on time!

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    CD, download, and a live recording

    CD, download, and an audio download of Stephen and David's Fragile Thunder duo set at the 2018 Skull & Roses Festival

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    We record a song just for you!

    Fragile Thunder will record a Grateful Dead song of your choice (there are a few possibilities we might have to reject) and make a download of it JUST FOR YOU!

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit

    If you want to heap some much-needed bucks on our project, we'll give you one of everything listed above AND credit you as the Executive Producer of the project! This does not give you any creative control, alas, but you'll receive prominent mentions (you could do this in the name of your business if you like) everywhere we're able to mention.

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    House concert for you!

    For a $10,000 contribution, we'll play a HOUSE CONCERT for you and your friends (and you get one of every reward listed above, too). Location must be somewhere we can get to at reasonable expense, and there may be other costs we'll have to negotiate. We're prepared to be reasonable! And grateful as hell, too.

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    Sponsor our tour

    We're gonna need to get out into the world and play this music, and a sponsor would be hugely helpful. We'll add your name and logo to all our promotional materials (and thank you on the record, too) - every place we are able to mention and acknowledge our sponsor, we will.

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