Deadheads in St. Louis know Jake’s Leg. The band has been rocking the Mid-West for 47 years. You have heard them at Busch Stadium, The Pageant, The Wildey, Old Rock House, St. Louis Blues, The Focal Point, Venice Cafe, and Broadway Oyster Bar. And now Jake’s Leg has a radio show on The Roots.Fm.
Jake’s Leg is not the Grateful Dead and is not meant to be. They do draw mainly on the repertoire of America’s favorite psychedelic blues-rock jug band. The radio show will feature cuts from the complete Dead catalog, band member solo projects, Dead & Company, Dick’s and Dave’s Picks, Road Trips, From The Vault, and a vast collection of live concert recordings.
The band started as a duo by guitarists and vocalists Randy Furrer and Tim Fahy in the mid-70s; lead guitarists Dave Casper soon joined the fold. Players were added, and the music grew; friends came and went. Some of them have 10-year or longer stints with Jake’s Leg. Bassist Joe Trumko came on board in 1990, followed in 1991 by keyboardist Bill Noltkamper, completing the core four that have been playing and singing together for the past thirty years. Ryan Wilhite took over the drum kit in 2005.
The sum of this is one of the longest-lasting bands in the country.
Jake’s Leg will also include live recordings from their St. Louis concerts. Different band members will rotate so that every show will be different.
Jake’s Leg Radio, premiering Thursday at 6 PM on The Roots.FM.