Dent May just released his version of the Grateful Dead‘s “Shakedown Street.” The song, and the 1978 album of the same name, has become synonymous with the area (usually in or near the parking lot) where Deadheads sell food, drugs and homemade T-shirts before a Grateful Dead show.
May took the already-grooved Dead song and funked it up even more. He ditches the wah guitar and adds synths and a drum machine. “Shakedown Street” ends up sounding like Prince. It’s an interesting take but will probably have Deadheads reaching for their Shakedown Street LPs.