Day of the Dead

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  • Touch of Grey The War on Drugs
  • Sugaree Phosphorescent, Jenny Lewis & Friends
  • Candyman Jim James & Friends
  • Cassidy Moses Sumney, Jenny Lewis & Friends
  • Black Muddy River Bruce Hornsby & De Yarmond Edison
  • Loser Ed Droste, Binki Shapiro & Friends
  • Peggy-O The National
  • Box of Rain Kurt Vile and the Violators (featuring J Mascis)
  • Rubin & Cherise Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Friends
  • To Lay Me Down Perfume Genius, Sharon Van Etten & Friends
  • New Speedway Boogie Courtney Barnett
  • Friend of the Devil Mumford & Sons
  • Uncle John’s Band Lucius
  • Me and My Uncle The Lone Bellow & Friends
  • Mountains of the Moon Lee Ranaldo, Lisa Hannigan & Friends
  • Black Peter Anohni and yMusic
  • Garcia Counterpoint Bryce Dessner
  • Terrapin Station (Suite) Daniel Rossen, Christopher Bear & The National (featuring Josh Kaufman, Conrad Doucette, So Percussion & Brooklyn Youth Chorus)
  • Attics of My Life Angel Olsen
  • St. Stephen Wilco with Bob Weir (live)
  • If I Had the World to Give Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
  • Standing on the Moon Phosphorescent & Friends
  • Cumberland Blues Charles Bradley and Menahan Street Band
  • Ship of Fools The Tallest Man On Earth & Friends
  • Bird Song Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Friends
  • Morning Dew The National
  • Truckin’ Marijuana Deathsquads
  • Dark Star Cass McCombs, Joe Russo & Friends
  • Nightfall of Diamonds Nightfall of Diamonds
  • Transitive Refraction Axis for John Oswald Tim Hecker
  • Going Down the Road Feeling Bad Lucinda Williams & Friends
  • Playing in the Band Tunde Adebimpe, Lee Ranaldo & Friends
  • Stella Blue Local Natives
  • Eyes of the World Tal National
  • Help on the Way Béla Fleck
  • Franklin’s Tower Orchestra Baobab
  • Till the Morning Comes Luluc with Xylouris White
  • Ripple The Walkmen
  • Brokedown Palace Richard Reed Parry with Caroline Shaw and Little Scream (featuring Garth Hudson)
  • Here Comes Sunshine Real Estate
  • Shakedown Street Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  • Brown-Eyed Women Hiss Golden Messenger
  • Jack-A-Roe This Is the Kit
  • High Time Daniel Rossen and Christopher Bear
  • Dire Wolf The Lone Bellow & Friends
  • Althea Winston Marshall, Kodiak Blue and Shura
  • Clementine Jam Orchestra Baobab
  • China Cat Sunflower / I Know You Rider Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
  • Easy Wind Bill Callahan
  • Wharf Rat Ira Kaplan & Friends
  • Estimated Prophet The Rileys
  • Drums / Space Man Forever / So Percussion / Oneida
  • Cream Puff War Fucked Up
  • Dark Star The Flaming Lips
  • What’s Become of the Baby s t a r g a z e
  • King Solomon’s Marbles Vijay Iyer
  • Rosemary Mina Tindle & Friends
  • And We Bid You Goodnight Sam Amidon
  • I Know You Rider The National and Bob Weir (live)


After the success of Dark Was The Night, Aaron and Bryce Dessner and their friends wanted to do a follow up project.  They came up with the idea of doing a Grateful Dead tribute, which was the music their parents listened to; the records they played along with when they started their first band with Bryan Devendorf as teenagers in Ohio. The Dead’s publishing company, Ice Nine, initially agreed to donate their songs to the project; but the success of The National delayed the project for several years. Finally in 2015 the Dessners assembled sessions near where they live in Hudson, New York and began recording an epic number of tracks as well as inviting some of their talented friends to join in.


Created and Curated by:
Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner
Produced by:
Aaron Dessner
Co-Produced by:
Bryce Dessner and Josh Kaufman
Music Direction by:
Josh Kaufman and Aaron Dessner
Co-Curated by:
Scott Devendorf, Bryan Devendorf, Conrad Doucette
Project Manager:
Tom Wironen
Co-Executive Producer:
Dawn Barger
Executive Producer:
John Carlin