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“It started out as a small acoustical concert and turned into a mini-Woodstock!” — Wavy Gravy
Presenting the 10th chapter of Bear’s Sonic Journals, Sing Out!, Live at the Berkeley Community Theater, 4/25/1981. This 3 CD set features the final recording Bear made of any members of the Grateful Dead, alongside a stellar line-up of acoustic performances by Bay Area folk heroes, including Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, Country Joe McDonald, Kate Wolf, Rosalie Sorrels, and a percussion set by the Rhythm Devils.

"It started out as a small acoustical concert and turned into a mini-Woodstock!" — Wavy Gravy

Presenting the 10th chapter of Bear’s Sonic Journals, Sing Out!, Live at the Berkeley Community Theater, 4/25/1981. This 3 CD set features the final recording Bear made of any members of the Grateful Dead, alongside a stellar line-up of acoustic performances by Bay Area folk heroes, including Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, Country Joe McDonald, Kate Wolf, Rosalie Sorrels, and a percussion set by the Rhythm Devils.

Celebrating 60 years of The Chieftains!

The Owsley Stanley Foundation’s ninth release of Bear’s Sonic Journals: The Foxhunt features the Chieftains performing live in San Francisco in 1973 (CD & vinyl) and 1976 (CD & digital only).

“I love them both! They contain lovely subtleties that don’t normally happen” — Paddy Moloney, August 2021, after listening to Bear’s tapes.

“A masterpiece. Dad gave what I believe to be one of the most intimate and connected shows I have ever heard.”—John Carter Cash

After a tumultuous 1967 for Johnny Cash, the year 1968 was bookended by what would become his two iconic, highest-grossing albums, At Folsom Prison and At San Quentin. But now, fifty-three years later, a lost chapter has emerged to enrich and complement the story of that very good year.

The Owsley Stanley Foundation’s 8th release of Bear’s Sonic Journals: Johnny Cash – At the Carousel Ballroom features Cash playing songs of outsiders, outlaws, and in-laws, exquisitely captured by Bear.

Order now! Quantities are limited.
Special Edition Vinyl Box will ship in mid January.

“These are the most extensive files there are of our music from this time. There are titles here never heard before [on a release] and seldom played. It is historically important. Spirited.” - Commander Cody

The Owsley Stanley Foundation’s fifth release of Bear’s Sonic Journals finds lost treasures in the ozone with the launch of Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen!

"Sociologically, you know, this all represents a big switch in the whole rock 'n' roll trip" - Jerry Garcia

Celebrating 50 years of New Riders of the Purple Sage, the Owsley Stanley Foundation’s fourth release takes you back in time to the early days when this band was just getting started.

“A legend recording a legend” – T. Michael Coleman, Bass

The Owsley Stanley Foundation is pleased to present an audiophile release of incendiary performances by the incomparable Doc and Merle Watson, from Bear’s Sonic Journals -Owsley’s storied trove of live concert recordings.

It’s not just the energy of youth that shakes me when I listen to these tracks — it’s the musical dialogue that Jack and I shared in these amazing moments. -Jorma Kaukonen

The Owsley Stanley Foundation presents its third chapter: Bear’s Sonic Journals: Before We Were Them, Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady, Veterans Memorial Building, June 28, 1969, available now on CD. This live concert recording features recently discovered and previously unreleased music from Jefferson Airplane’s fabled guitar and bass players before they became known as Hot Tuna.

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Owlsey Stanley Foundation Presents Bear’s Sonic Journals:

Sing Out!
Live at the Berkeley
Community Theater,
4/25/1981

Jerry Garcia & Bob Weir
Country Joe McDonald
Kate Wolf
Rosalie Sorrels
Rhythm Devils

Sing Out!
Live at the Berkeley
Community Theater,
4/25/1981

Jerry Garcia & Bob Weir
Country Joe McDonald
Kate Wolf
Rosalie Sorrels
Rhythm Devils

Sing Out! features a stellar line-up of acoustic performances by Bay Area folk heroes, including Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, Country Joe McDonald, Kate Wolf, Rosalie Sorrels, and a percussion set by the the Rhythm Devils. The event was described by Wavy Gravy as a “mini-Woodstock,” and it is the last major show to be mixed and recorded by Bear.  It is also the final live recording he made of any members of the Grateful Dead.

“On this magical night, the limbs of the groupmind reassembled one more time, two-thirds of the Grateful Dead and a chief architect of their collective, collaborative vision [Owsley], let loose to make one more recording together.” -Jesse Jarnow

“In McDonald’s set, we can hear how the heart of a music once called psychedelic was in fact an authentic heir to American folk music.” – Nicholas G. Meriwether

“Rosalie is one king-hell songwriter; her songs are so close to the bone that I get nervous listening to them.” – Hunter S. Thompson

“When Kate sings, it’s nothing less than the sound of pure love.” – Hawk, OSF founding board member

 Featuring:

  • Exquisite live sound quality 
  • A 50-page booklet with essays penned by Grateful Dead scholars, Nicholas G. Meriwether and Jesse Jarnow; original artwork by Grammy Award-winner Susan Archie; new interviews with the friends and family of this spectacular lineup; and never-before-seen photography.
  • 36 tracks and more than 2.5 hours of music
  • Rare treats for Deadheads include Jerry and Bobby playing one of the only acoustic performances of Buddy Holly’s “Oh Boy!” and a singular rendition of “Friend of the Devil” for the first time in an acoustic set since 1970.

Disc 1:
Country Joe McDonald, Rosalie Sorrels

Country Joe McDonald
1. Wavy’s Welcome
2. Save The Whales
3. Janis
4. Picks and Lasers
5. Slide Trombone Blues
6. Oh! Susanna
7. Yankee Doodle
8. Country Joe dedicates tonight’s cheer
9. Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag
10. Wavy Gravy running things like a Swiss watch

Rosalie Sorrels with Mitch Greenhill
11. For The Lovin’ Of The Game
12. If You Love Me
13. 12 Adler Place
14. Postcard From India
15. You’ve Got To Go To Sleep Alone
16. Scared To Be Alone
17. Remember Loving You

Disc 2:
Kate Wolf, Rhythm Devils

Kate Wolf with Nina Gerber and Ford James
1. Wavy Introduces Kate Wolf
2. You’re Not Standing Like You Used To
3. Shining!
4. 20/20 Vision
5. Unfinished Life
6. Eyes Of A Painter
7. Let’s Get Together
8. Like A River

Rhythm Devils (Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann)
9. Rhythm Devils

Disc 3:
Jerry Garcia & Bob Weir with Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and John Kahn

1. Introduction and Tuning
2. Deep Elem Blues
3. Dark Hollow
4. Jack-A-Roe
5. Monkey And The Engineer
6. Friend Of The Devil
7. El Paso
8. Oh, Babe, It Ain’t No Lie
9. On The Road Again
10. Oh Boy!

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The "Save The Music!" campaign seeks to raise money to enable the digitization, preservation, and release of Bear's Sonic Journals, a trove of over a thousand live concert recordings from the heart of the psychedelic era. Donations are much appreciated, and are in fact essential to our ability to preserve and release future recordings!

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