The National Are Making a Grateful Dead Tribute Album Feat. Wilco, My Morning Jacket Members
JamBase reports the album includes covers from Courtney Barnett, TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe with Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Kurt Vile with Dinosuar Jr.’s J Mascis, Perfume Genius with Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen, F—ed Up, the Flaming Lips, Antony and the Johnsons’ Antony and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James credited “with friends.” Previously, Stereogum learned Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, the War on Drugs, the Walkmen, Bruce Hornsby, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Phosphorescent and Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen were also contributing covers for the forthcoming compilation. All together, it adds up to nearly five hours and 30 minutes of Deadheads.
Wilco — perhaps in a move to counteract rumors Jeff Tweedy just doesn’t dig the Grateful Dead — also appear on the track list. In fact, they cover “St. Stephen” with the Dead’s Bob Weir. You can hear a live version of the cover, recorded in 2013, below:
The album will make its live debut at this year’s Eaux Claires music festival.