A major piece of Blue Mountain was inspired by a period in 1962, when an idealistic 15-year-old Bob Weir decided to run off to Wyoming to become a cowboy. Weir found work on a ranch as a farmhand and as the young newcomer was tasked with grunt work. Yet, the cowboys treated him well and he was introduced to a form of music that years later would be called Americana. Bob also revisited Wyoming a number of times over the years to both visit and stay with his long-time writing partner John Perry Barlow. It was these experiences that informed the music of the 12-track record.
One important Blue Mountain figure missing from the showcase was Josh Ritter. The singer-songwriter provided the lyrics for the songs on the LP and was often a topic of discussion. Weir and Kaufman explained they recorded at many different studios whenever they could find time. The pair compiled many tunes, some of which didn’t make the final cut, and after a few years Bobby said it was time to share the music with the world. Bobby’s first actual performance Thursday night was the title cut to Blue Mountain. While the crowd was sitting in the middle of Chelsea, the sound of the song brought up memories of sitting around a campfire. Weir explained he first started writing “Blue Mountain” back in 1962 and it took him 50 years to complete the title track. Bobby also showed off a Martin guitar he used throughout the performance and revealed it was the only instrument he used throughout the sessions that led to Blue Mountain. Visit Jambase website to read more!