Over the years, Ryan Adams has been known to cover Grateful Dead’s “Wharf Rat”, even sitting in with Phil Lesh for a performance of the song back in 2005. Recently, Adams performed an acoustic rendition of the song for MyMusicRx, an organization that uses music to “soothe and rejuvenate hospitalized children, teens, their family members, and the medical professionals.” Watch the performance below (via Jambase).
Adams introduced the cover by saying: “When I feel out of place, I like to listen to Grateful Dead. What I like about [“Wharf Rat”] is that it paints this picture, where you kind of go into this storybook world where you don’t really know who they are and what’s happening, and it kind of just takes you on a journey. I always feel better when I get to end of this long and weird story.”