Ocean Elders announced today that Bob Weir, founding member of the Grateful Dead and a long-time social and environmental advocate, has joined as an Ocean Elder.
Since establishing the Grateful Dead in 1965, Bob has become one of rock’s finest and most distinctive rhythm guitarists. He is the recipient of the inaugural Les Paul Spirit Award and was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association. The band received a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Weir has been the subject of two critically acclaimed documentaries—Netflix’s The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir that chronicles his storied career and the Amazon Studio six-part feature Long Strange Trip which tells the story of the Grateful Dead.
In 2016, Bob released Blue Mountain on Columbia/Legacy/ROAR, his first album of solo material in more than 10 years and his first album of entirely original material in more than 30 years. The album received raves from critics including NPR who called the LP “stately, autumnal, metaphysical cowboy songs.” He is currently a member of Dead & Company featuring Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann along with GRAMMY-winner John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti.
Bob is also a longtime social and environmental advocate—he has worked closely with organizations such as Greenpeace and the Rainforest Action Network and he’s a founding board member of voter registration organization Headcount.