Founded by the late Neal Casal, this instrumental band of sonic explorers was born out of a request for set-break music during the Grateful Dead’s final run of shows in San Francisco and Chicago during 2015. Originally, CATS was going to be a one-off project, but fan feedback pushed Casal and company to release it as Interludes for the Dead. This wasn’t simply wordless Dead covers, but new creations formed in essence and spirt of the Dead.
In 2018, the group released their second double album, Let it Wander, and followed it up with a completely improvised EP featuring drummer Joe Russo. Sadly, a week after tracking their self-titled album Casal took his own life. Casal urged the group to carry on without him. The group recruited Eric Krasno and Scott Metzger for various tours before settling in with John Lee Shannon in July of 2021. Shortly before a gig at Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville, John Bohlinger caught up with Shannon and bassist Dan Horne to talk gear.
00:00 - D’Addario XS Strings
00:15 - John Lee Shannon Playing Intro
00:50 - John Bohlinger Intro
01:31 - John Lee Shannon's 2017 Fender Custom Shop 1969 Journeyman Relic Strat
05:18 - John Lee Shannon's 1968 Sunn 100S
10:10 - John Lee Shannon's Pedalboard
22:53 - Dan Horne's 1978 Alembic Series 1 Bass
25:54 - Dan Horne's Cabinets
27:22 - Dan Horne's Amps & Pedals