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John Mayer & Eric Krasno talk Grateful Dead, Guitar Gear & Songwriting in New Podcast

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LOCKN’ Music Festival frankly was one of the best festivals this year.  It has been almost 10 days since the jam band mafia took over The Farm in Arrington, Virginia, yet the fans continually are blessed with more and more pictures, audio, videos, and fresh content continues to be bestowed on us fans! The standout highlights have been videos of the phenomenal Foundations of Funk, Lettuce’s JGB set which were the 2 best-received sets of the weekend and included at least 3 Dead & Company members in unannounced sit-ins.  While nerding out over all the unique collaborative content, the LOCKN’ Festival has also released a new podcast episode.

The Relix Audio Hour, which is the newest episode of the Relix podcast, presents a frank conversation between two old friends, songwriters and master guitarists, who both grew up near each other in Connecticut, John Mayer and Eric Krasno.  This podcast was recorded backstage in real-time at the recent LOCKN’ Festival. This was the premiere episode in new “Conversations with Kraz” series, in which the Soulive/Lettuce guitarist invites musicians to speak in depth about their craft.

John Mayer, was at LOCKN’ for the first time to play four sets with his band Dead & Company (including 2 SICK sit-ins). Krasno shared the stage with Mayer on Saturday as the two sat in during Krasno former band Lettuce’s late-night Jerry Garcia Band tribute. The two friends begin their vast discussion on the topic of songwriting while both candidly dissecting the intricacy of their differing approaches to the craft throughout the spectrums of their respective careers. The conversation then shifts to the guitarists’ appreciation and discovery of the music of the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

The two guitarists kept the conversation moving and shifting via witty banter that touched on their current surroundings in Virginia, musing at the history that inspired Peter Shapiro and the LOCKN’ Festival.

The duo also sprinkled self-deprecatingly jokes throughout and geeked out about various guitar minutiae, including how Mayer describes some of his onstage work:

“That’s what I call practicing on stage: You play a lick that you almost landed, then you just start taking stage time to basically try to nail a skateboard trick. It’s the guitar equivalent! Then you listen back to it, and you’re like, ‘Oh, no!’”

Find this episode and all installments of The Relix Audio Hour, hosted by Jesse Lauter, on AppleSpotifyStitcher, and Google Play. Previous episodes have featured a conversation between Don Was and David Fricke, a multimedia review of the Bob Weir & Phil Lesh duo tour and more.

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