Drawn from Robert Hunter's timeless
lyric in the GRATEFUL DEAD'S "Scarlet Begonias," the HEART OF GOLD
BAND was formed early in 1980 following Keith & Donna Godchaux's
9-year tenure with the GRATEFUL DEAD. A bright beginning included
drummer Gregg Anton and guitarist Steve Kimock. Unfortunately,
Keith was killed in a car accident in July of 1980, only a few
days after the first gig in San Francisco .
The band then reorganized with bassist David MacKay and keyboard
player and composer, Mark Adler. From day one, the HEART OF GOLD
BAND created an eclectic sound that was enjoyed by enthusiastic
audiences around the Bay Area before disbanding in 1981. Thanks
to Gregg Anton, the spirit of the band has been kept alive through
funky, cassette-recorded gigs, some of which have been released
on record and CD.
Twenty-three years later in a most unexpected turn, the HEART
OF GOLD BAND is back! The new CD At The Table was recorded
in 2003 and released in February, 2004. Keith & Donna's son,
Zion Rock Godchaux, wrote, sang, played guitar, drums, percussion,
sax, and helped produce many of the songs. Zion and Donna Jean
sang a couple of the songs together which, in her words, was "very
surreal." Keith's brother, Brian Godchaux, also sang several songs
that he wrote, and played acoustic and electric mandolin and violin.
This spring is the exciting debut of the newly reorganized band in
a live setting. The music will include selections from the new CD
as well as songs from the band's rich musical heritage. Members include
Mark Adler, Gregg Anton, Brian Godchaux, Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay,
Zion Rock Godchaux, David MacKay, and Russ Randolph.