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Guitarist Ari Joshua shared a cover of the Grateful Dead classic “Help On The Way.” Joshua was backed on the track by drummer John Kimock, bassist Andy Hess and keyboardist Eden Ladin.

Recorded at Bunker Studio in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood, the same sessions resulted in the previously released cover of the Dead’s “Eyes Of The World.” The group of musicians also tracked Joshua’s originals “Lights Out” and “Eye Just Called to Soul, I Love You.” Regarding his connection to the Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter-written “Help On The Way,” Joshua shared an impactful experience that happened at age 10:

“On the way to summer camp, an older kid with a battery-powered boombox had the cardboard double-disc version of One From The Vault, it must have made an impression, I bought the cassette and CD both. I felt a connection to the muses, the angels, & the cosmic forces, all perfectly reflected into poetry and melody. Later, I saw the original band play ‘Help’ with Garcia. It’s a beautiful song. It’s a masterpiece. I am grateful to be able to team up with this incredible cast to share this recording.”

“Help on the Way” is available via Music Factory Records. Joshua will donate a portion of the proceeds to the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at https://988lifeline.org/donate.

“The title speaks so clearly: Help on the Way. That’s something I wanna do through music, is help. I lost two friends tragically this month, previously I lost a romantic partner to depression. I hope that if help is what you need, that you’ll find it soon.”

Stay tuned for more new music coming soon from Ari Joshua. Watch the “Help on the Way” visualizer below:

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