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Published: 2012/12/13

Neal Casal Plays Garcia’s Wolf Guitar with Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Photo by Jay Blakesberg via Facebook

Chris Robinson Brotherhood played their second of four shows at San Francisco, CA’s Great American Music Hall last night. As a nod to the area, Brotherhood—and former Ryan Adams & the Cardinals guitarist Neal Casal—performed on Jerry Garcia’s famed Wolf guitar during the night, including on Garcia’s “They Love Each Other.” Later, Robinson played Wolf during his encore which included PigPen/Robert Hunter’s “Mr. Charlie.”

Doug Irwin gave Garcia Wolf in 1973, and the guitarist used it during some of the Dead mot classic shows. The guitar made a brief comeback in the late ‘80s remodeled with Garcia’s new MIDI synthesizer. The guitar is named after its wolf inlay. Several members of the extended Grateful Dead family have played Wolf in public in recent years, including Adams, Jimmy Herring, Jeff Mattson and Barry Sless.

The Brotherhood returns to the Great American Music Hall tomorrow.

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