Monday, 27 July 2009

John Dawson


The rabbit was sad to read of the death last Wednesday of John Dawson (right in pic above), formerly of wonderful 70s stoned cowboy impersonators New Riders of the Purple Sage. Their style was generally described as psychedelic country rock - which I suppose is as good a description as any. They began as a Grateful Dead offshoot but secured an independent life fairly briskly. Their appearance as in pic above shows what drugs can do to you ;) Dawson had retired from the music business, become a teacher of English and died of stomach cancer in Mexico aged 64. Their best album was in my opinion Gypsy Cowboy. I borrowed a phrase from the title track as working title of my first - and mercifully unpublished - novel until the title was changed at the suggestion of my then agent to - erm - White Rabbit. But Panama Red is probably their best known album and song. Have a listen. It's a hoot!

8 comments:

savannah said...

thanks for the trip down memory lane, sugar! ;~D xoxox

RMJ said...

NRPS (with Buddy Cage and David Nelson) is still touring - Dawson gave them his blessing when they began touring again. They're one of my fave bands to see live (and this comes from a 23-year-old!)

Jimmy Bastard said...

No bad... no bad at all.

Law Minx said...

I must admit to getting a bit of a musical education every time I visit this blog, y'know.

So,Bunny,in your learned opinion, whos the better? This lot, or the Dead??

DaisyDeadhead said...

Love it.... my first experience meeting this mysterious gentleman was Pittsburgh in 1978. Yes, I remember meeting ole Panama Red... funnily enough, I have little memory of anything happening right after...

:D

Great song, RIP John Dawson.

mikeb302000 said...

Thanks Rabbit for posting that video. You know, I was a psychedelic cowboy from New Jersey.

white rabbit said...

Thanks to all commenters. minx - NRPS were good fun but the Dead were unique. Daisy - yes - the memory fades for some reason.

JoJo said...

I have a New Riders album or 2. Not really my fave, but you are right, they were closely associated w/ the Dead in their early years. Still, sad that another great musician is gone.