Barry Sless

Barry Sless (born December 22, 1955) is an American musician from Baltimore, Maryland. He is skilled at both traditional six-string guitar and the pedal steel guitar.[1][2]

Barry Sless
Barry Sless
Sless with Phil Lesh and Friends, 2008
Background information
BornDecember 22, 1955 (age 63)
GenresRock & roll, Rockabilly, Blues, American roots music, Western Swing, R&B
Instrumentsguitar, Pedal steel guitar, Bass
Associated actsPhil Lesh and Friends, Moonalice, David Nelson Band, Rattlebox, Flying Other Brothers, Kingfish, Great American Taxi, Barry & the Grissettes, Cowboy Jazz

Performances with


  1. ^ Trager, Oliver (1997-12-04). The American Book of the Dead. Simon and Schuster. pp. 87–. ISBN 9780684814025. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  2. ^ Jackson, Blair (2000-08-01). Garcia: An American Life. Penguin. pp. 467–. ISBN 9780140291995. Retrieved 8 August 2012.

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Deadheads for Obama

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The show marked the first time Lesh, Weir and Hart had shared the stage since 2004, and was simulcast on the iClips Network.

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Jack Casady

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Jerry Garcia

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On August 28, 2012, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced that the digital logs for the Moonalice song "It’s 4:20 Somewhere", had been acquired for the Library and Archives. "Libraries and archives collect, preserve and provide access to the materials that best capture important moments and movements in history, regardless of format, and the Moonalice logs help tell the story of music’s digital revolution; specifically the rise of direct-from-artist (DFA) distribution. Moonalice is the first band without a label to achieve one million downloads of a song from its own servers, direct-from-artist. “It’s 4:20 Somewhere” has been downloaded over two million times."

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