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Brent Mydland

“Blow Away”

Presenting, Brent Mydland…the Grateful Dead’s keyboardist from ’79 to 1990. Clearly, a passionate voice behind many GD classics. This painting was very heartfelt with the inspiration coming from the July 7, 1989 Philly show. I’ve been receiving incredible correspondence from fans around the world as this piece really hits home!

Brent Mydland (October 21, 1952 – July 26, 1990) was the keyboardist and vocalist, best known as the fourth keyboardist to play with the American rock band the Grateful Dead. He was with the band for eleven years, longer than any other keyboardist in the band. On April 16, 1979, he joined the Grateful Dead replacing Keith Godchaux and Donna Godchaux who left the band in February of that year. Mydland quickly became an integral part of the Dead, not least because of his songwriting contributions. He easily fit into the band’s sound and added his own contributions, such as in Go to Heaven (1980) which featured two of Mydland’s songs, “Far From Me” and “Easy to Love You”, the latter written with frequent Weir collaborator John Perry Barlow. On the next album In the Dark (1987), Mydland co-wrote the defiant favorite “Hell in a Bucket” with Weir and Barlow, he also penned the train song “Tons of Steel”. His high, gravelly vocal harmonies and emotional leads added to the band’s singing strength. Mydlands vocals added colour to old favorites such as “Cassidy”, “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo” and “Ramble on Rose”, Willie Dixon’s “Little Red Rooster”, Robert Johnson’s “Walkin’ Blues”, Traffic’s “Dear Mr. Fantasy”, the Beatles’ “Hey Jude”, The Meters’ Hey Pocky Way, and the Band’s “The Weight”. Mydland’s last show with the Grateful Dead was on July 23, 1990 at The World Music Theater, in Tinley Park, IL. The last song he sang that day was The Weight. His portion concluded with the words, “I gotta go, but my friends can stick around.” In 1994, he was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Grateful Dead.

This is a nice edition to my other Grateful Dead prints…Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Billy Kreutzmann & Mickey Hart.

Brent & Jerry were certainly missed last summer in Santa Clara & Chicago for the Fare Thee Well shows.

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    November 8, 2015 9:18 amPosted 4 years ago
    Christopher Taylor

    This is amazing. I randomly found your site. Your artwork is sick but this one is above and beyond the other GD paintings. I may be biased because its Brent, but I think you really captured this one.

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      November 8, 2015 11:30 amPosted 4 years ago
      Tom Noll (Author)

      Thank you! And it felt that way as I was working on him.

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    October 24, 2016 1:35 amPosted 3 years ago

    I love how you incorporate the red, white, and blue in the painting, eg. in the chrome of the microphone stand as well as the cable and microphone itself.
    Amazing work!

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      October 24, 2016 3:45 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Tom Noll (Author)



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