Dead & Company – Stella Blue (Live in 2015)

The tour is about half way done now, and the verdict is in: John Mayer is killing it. He’s steeped in the canon, his technical skills are outstanding, and he brings enormous passion to the endeavor. Here’s a case in point, from the first night of the tour – so the first time they played together in front of an audience. “Stella Blue” is a complicated, nuanced ballad. It requires a gentle hand, and Mayer doesn’t play a wrong note. I’ve been to a few Dead & Company shows, and I’ve been listening to recordings from the tour and there’s some great stuff out there. But I keep coming back to this “Stella Blue”. There’s something magical about it. It’s a beautiful Garcia/Hunter song. Check it out.