It looks like this thread might fall off the list soon, so I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for your input. I will use some of your comments in a paper that I'll be presenting in March at the Southwest Popular Culture Association conference, in Albuquerque, NM. My paper is tentatively titled "Listen to the River: The Grateful Dead in the Continuum of American Folk Music." Does that sound too pretentious? Anyway, thanks again for all the input. Rev P.S. I'm writing froma computer at school which is why I'm listed as a "Guest," so don't panic chanteyranger!