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The Ripple Effect

In honor of the Grateful Dead’€™s 50th anniversary, and in support of the Playing For Change Foundation’s music schools and programs for children worldwide, our friends at JamBase asked us to turn The Grateful Dead’s 1970 classic, “Ripple,”€ into one of our world-renowned Songs Around The World for their “Songs Of Their Own”€ series. We a€™re proud to announce that our “€œRipple”€ video will be released on July 5th as the last in a series of Grateful Dead tribute performances. We started recording and filming the song with PFC Band members Roberto Luti and Jason Tamba while backstage at Byron Bay Bluesfest earlier this year. We then traveled to the ancient city of Matera, Italy to record strings, accordion and mandolins and from there our journey took us from Ghana to the streets of Los Angeles. Everywhere we go we are reminded that no matter how many things in life divide us they are never as strong as the power of music to bring us together. As Jerry Garcia said, “Let there be songs to fill the air…” Final “Ripple” video coming soon…

One love, Mark Johnson



Ripple trailer:



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