First performance: February 9, 1973 at Rose Maples Pavilion, Stanford University. “Row Jimmy” was in the second slot in the first set. Other firsts at this show included “China Doll,” “Eyes of the World,” “Here Comes Sunshine,” “Loose Lucy,” “They Love Each Other,” and “Wave That Flag.”
That’s quite a batch of tunes.
In this unsourced blog posting, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists discusses how his views of the Grateful Dead evolved over the years. It’s a highly recommended read and I like the fact that he addresses the facts that he blew some of the lyrics, that way I don’t have to call him out on it.
READ ON for three more covers of Row Jimmy…
Jazz Is Dead, an ensemble that almost exclusively played instrumental renditions of Grateful Dead Songs, recorded all of Wake Of The Flood in its entirety and issued it as their own release cleverly titled Laughing Water. It’s a live release, but it is so tight and well recorded that it passes for studio work. Lead guitarist Jimmy Herring is joined by Derek Trucks for this both beautiful and scorching version.
Singer Judy Mowatt, who backed up Bob Marley as part of the vocal section I Threes, contributed this track to the 1996 compilation Fire On The Mountain: Reggae Celebrates The Grateful Dead. It’s a good arrangement and an even better lyric change to, “Down by the river at the reggae show”.
The debut gig for “The Trio” featuring Trey Anastasio, Tony Markellis and Russ Lawton took place on February 15th, 1999 at the Higher Ground in Winooski, VT. The performance saw the debut of Row Jimmy and was a benefit for Very Special Arts Vermont. Two months later, Trey performed the song with Phil Lesh & Friends at The Warfield in San Francisco. When The Trio hit the road in May for a full tour, Row Jimmy made two more appearances and has since disappeared from Trey’s live repertoire. Trey has played Row Jimmy with Phil Lesh at least one more time: at the Vegoose festival in 2006, and it was not good. Source: 05/04/1999