859 O'Farrell Street
San Francisco, California 94109

New Riders of the Purple Sage began as a Grateful Dead side project and ended up becoming a seminal country cult band. In their early years, the New Riders began picking up the pieces of American Beauty and Working Man's Dead. Jerry Garcia picked the pedal steel, while John Dawson sang and played rhythm guitar; Phil Lesh took on bass duties as David Nelson picked the Telecaster and mandolin. Although Mickey Hart played drums for awhile, it wasn't long until the band became more serious and recruited Spencer Dryden from the Airplane to take over. Dave Torbert replaced Lesh and Buddy Cage replaced Garcia. New Riders began to solidify their own sound. Tongue-in-cheek Country Rock songs are still their specialty. The new NRPS lineup, featuring original member David Nelson along with Buddy Cage, with Michael Falzarano, Ronnie Penque and Johnny Markowski, vows to keep the NRPS spirit and tunes alive.

Added by Upcoming Robot on September 26, 2012