Not your typical tribute band 

Kuli Loach pays homage to Grateful Dead, mixes take on classics with original material

click to enlarge Long-time Deadheads Members of Kuli Loach return to Whistler to play a blend of original material and Grateful Dead classics
  • Long-time Deadheads Members of Kuli Loach return to Whistler to play a blend of original material and Grateful Dead classics

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They also shied away from tackling some of their deeper ballads for a long time.

“It’s not so much that the song is technically difficult, but it was that this means so much to people that I don’t want to be stuck with the label of, ‘oh, you’re that band that butchered that song,’” said Dickson. “…We kind of respectfully approached a lot of these songs over time.”

The real beauty of playing music they truly love is that they will never get tired of it.

“I don’t know what the Dead’s songbook is — I mean, it’s gotta be over 500, 700 songs or something,” Dickson said, “so there’s still plenty we haven’t picked up yet.”

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