“Cowboys Dead plays the music of Marty Robbins, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Jimmy Reed, Don Nix, Merle Haggard, New Riders, Rolling Stones, Willy Dixon and more...in the spirit of the late ‘60’s/early '70's Grateful Dead. ”
Cowboys Dead is a Wellington, Colorado based band playing vintage Grateful Dead music. A Cowboys Dead show transports you back in time and space to the Pig Pen era of the late 60’s/early 70’s when the Dead’s rhythm and blues, folk and country roots were still deeply embedded in their music.
Cowboys Dead plays the music of Marty Robbins, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Jimmy Reed, Don Nix, Merle Haggard, New Riders, Rolling Stones, Peter Rowan and more...in the spirit of the Grateful Dead. With a passion for the sound of Dead in the early 70s, Cowboys Dead reaches deep into the the Dead's repertoire, playing the great Pig Pen era tunes such as Smokestack Lightning, Mr. Charlie, Alligator and It Hurts Me Too.
Cowboys Dead founder and lead guitarist, Dave Dardine, came up with the name from a 1970 bootleg Grateful Dead LP with the same name. Cowboys Dead is also a tip of the hat to the legendary "Cowboy" Neal Cassady, the larger-than-life man who infamously was at the wheel and whose ineffable spirit lives on in the writings of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsburg and Ken Kesey, and certainly in the music of the Grateful Dead.
The core band consists of Dave Dardine on lead guitar and vocals, Ken Duran on bass guitar, Jeff Bassler on guitar and vocals, Ed Anderson on vocals and harp, and Dave White on drums and vocals.
Dave Dardine leads Cowboys Dead with a New York City native's drive and passion for excellence in live music. Never satisfied with the surface, Dave has spent a lifetime digging deep into the roots of the Grateful Dead sound, especially the music that influenced Jerry Garcia - from bluegrass to blues to R&B to jazz and reggae. Dave is a seasoned musician, and has had the honor of opening shows for Phish, George Thorogood, Winona Ryder, Merle Saunders and Coco Montoya.
Ken Duran brings a mid-western Cowboys Dead, having grown up in eastern Nebraska before driving his 1970's Impala to Colorado in the late 80's.
Jeff Bassler has recently reunited with Cowboys Dead after being lost at sea for several years.
Ed Anderson cut his harp playing teeth at local Blues Jams. His vocals have been compared to the great Willy Nelson, and he plays his harp with his whole heart and soul. Ed is another Nebraska transplant, and he brings to Cowboys Dead a real-ness and authenticity that can best be described by the immortal words of Popeye, "I yam what I yam".
A Mississippi native, Dave White completes the Cowboys Dead lineup on drums. A longtime fixture in the Colorado music scene, Dave is a veritable encyclopedia of Grateful Dead show trivia. He was at them all.