Donna Jean Godchaux

First Songs

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by William Ruhlmann

Former Grateful Dead vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay teams with second-generation jam band the Zen Tricksters as Donna Jean & the Tricksters on this promotional EP, which gives an advance hint of a full-length CD. The slinky midtempo track "All I Gotta Say" and the delicate ballad "Shelter" are scheduled for that release; a nine-minute workout on "No Better Way," recorded live at the Mexicali Blues Café in Teaneck, NJ, apparently will remain exclusive to this disc. Godchaux-MacKay remains a powerful singer with a rhythmic, bluesy voice, which makes her a good frontwoman for the Zen Tricksters, whose shuffling style owes much to the Grateful Dead.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Donna Jean Godchaux 04:59 Amazon
Donna Jean Godchaux 05:37 Amazon
3 Donna Jean Godchaux 09:08 Amazon
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