Volume #21, Issue #2


            Spring is just a breath away and we can sigh in relief—we made it through the winter of ’94! Snow, cold, earthquakes, floods—the gamut of natural disasters. Mother Nature is certainly capable of humbling us all.

            Last issue was well-received. Heads behind bars know that the eye of America is on their plight. Let’s not let them down. Pick up your pens, write to Congress, write to the President and, lastly, write to incarcerated Deadheads! We continue our inmate correspondence this issue. Next issue will include additional coverage on mandatory minimum injustices. This isn’t something that will go away without our strength. Let’s all do a little something to spread the light. One way to help is to make a donation to FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums), 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 200 South, Washington, DC 20004.

            This issue proved difficult to pull together. The overwhelming amount of mail I’ve received, along with last-minute changes in direction, made for very organically-developed results. Success in its most natural state.

            Some staff changes should be noted—Bob Bromberg is no longer part of our in-house staff, but will remain a contributor. We wish him and Adriana luck in their future together. Long-time Relix writer John Grady is our newest staff addition and Tom Constanten has joined us as a contributing writer.

            Next issue is our Summer Special. There will be lots of Grateful Dead coverage, in-depth stories on Bob Dylan, Sun Ra, Al Kooper, the Beat poets, part 2 of the Band interviews and the continuation of our Deadheads Guide to the World, along with our regular features and summer surprises.

            “Fragments” is missing from this issue, due to space and time restrictions, so I’ll share some gossip with you here.

            On a romantic note, Jerry Garcia’s Valentine’s Day wedding rang media bells nationally. On the musical front, the Grateful Dead’s return to Florida was greeted with joy by southern Deadheads. Spring Tour was a tough ticket, but worth every effort to find one.

            The Allman Brothers spent a month at Burt Reynolds’ soundstage in Jupiter, Florida. The result, their best recorded effort in years, is a new album that will be out in June (with Dickey Betts back in action!). They sold out 5 shows at the Beacon Theatre in New York City in 2 hours and had to add shows. One helluva good time band! More next issue.

            Al Kooper celebrated his 50th birthday at the Bottom Line with a 3-day Blues Project/Blood, Sweat and Tears reunion. Each night was capped off with a ReKooperation set that delighted each sold-out audience. Welcome back Al and happy 20th anniversary to the Bottom Line.

            New York’s favorite Deadhead nightspot, Wetlands, celebrated its 5th anniversary with The Samples and Rasta Rafiki. It’s hard to believe that this institution has only been around for 5 years. What did we ever do for fun without them? Congratulations, Larry, and keep on keepin’ on.

            Mardi Gras is now a full-blown event in New York City. Despite mountains of snow, Tramps hosted a hot party with Loup Garou providing the backdrop for a non-stop array of guest performers. Buzzy Linhart, Bobby Floyd, Buster Poindexter and a dozen or so other guests weaved their way on and off the stage that night. Fat Tuesday is a welcome addition to “the excuse to party” list.

            Relix heads west once again. You’ll find me at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco on April 8th with Hot Tuna and The New Riders of the Purple Sage, both celebrating 25th anniversaries. Special friends will join each band and Solar Circus will open the show. Guaranteed to be a great night of music. Hope to see you there.

Well, I just wanted to share some thoughts. As always, I welcome hearing from you.


Toni A. Brown, Publisher

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