Veteran "Grateful" guitarist and vocalist Michael Morrow has been playing music professionally since 1988. Beginning his career in his native New Jersey home of Ocean City, Michael later relocated to Philadelphia, performing with Scarlet Fire, Modern Beatnik, Brother Thump, Living Earth, Melvin Seals and JGB, Splintered Sunlight, and Steal Your Face. Morrow also appeared with Grateful Dead vocalist Bob Weir on WHYY Radio in 1994.
Voted Relix Magazine's 2009 Jam Off contest winner, Michael appeared at the Gratefulfest 10, Westfest 40th Anniversary of Woodstock at Golden Gate Park, and Mountain Sky, and has headlined both Strawberry Jam and Musefest in New York, Wormtown Festival in Massachusetts, Bethlehem Musikfest twice, and Jam at the Cam in Pennsylvania. Michael has been on shortlist auditions for Dark Star Orchestra and the Jerry Garcia Band. Over the past decade, he has also played with Keller Williams, David Gans, Donna Jean Godschaux, Pamela Parker, Mark Karan, and countless others.
More recently, Morrow toured as frontman for The Schwag, where he brought his undeniable talent to theaters across the United States. Michael also finds time to play with local tribute bands such as Dean and Co., Gratefolk, and New Jersey's Dead Reckoning. When not on the road, Michael lives in Bryn Athyn, PA with girlfriend and manager Melanie Musicant, and is a practicing martial artist, dog trainer, and devoted father of three sons.
New York City native Joe Gallant is an Emmy award winning bass player, composer, and sound designer. Gallant has been a fixture in the New York jam scene for 30 years, founding his 18-piece Illuminati Orchestra in 1982. They have released 7 CDs to date, including Joe's large-scale reconstructions of the Grateful Dead's Terrapin Station ("Terrapin") and Blues for Allah ("The Blues for Allah Project") albums. Recently, he served as touring bassist for John Kadlecik (Further, Phil Lesh, Dark Star Orchestra) alongside drummer Jay Lane.
Tim Eddlemon is leaving Texas. A transplant from Dallas, Tim is a prolific songwriter of improvisational and soul music. He first started teaching himself piano at age five. He likes to preserve the authentic sound using a Leslie 145. He has played with Will Hogdes from Forgotten Space and is the newest member of Pure Jerry.
After rocking the Telluride, Colorado music scene for years, Donna returned to the New York City area, and is a welcome addition to Pure Jerry. She was a music director and D.J. with Colorado NPR radio station KOTO, and staff organizer for the Telluride Jazz and Bluegrass festivals. Santorelli performed in two projects with Bill Nershi of String Cheese Incident and currently performs with the Illuminati Orchestra and Tiberius. In addition, she has been a fixture on the jamband circuit, opening for the New Riders of the Purple Sage and performing with both Dead Sage and Dead Center Allstars, among others.
Steve Peel has been playing the guitar for the better part of his 23 years. He has developed his own voice through a spectrum of musical interests stretching the breadth of American traditions. Steve has played with The Low Bottom Boys and Zendog, contributing voracious energy and ambient textures in counterpoint.
Al Olivero was voted 2017 Elephant Talk Indie Music Awards' Best Drummer. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Al has been playing the South Jersey scene for over a decade. He has done time with Umami, The Strangers, Indelible Groove, and the Love Me Dudes. Al possesses monster chops reminiscent of his heroes Carter Beaufort, Stuart Copeland, and Vinnie Colaiuta.
His command of the funky grooves are a perfect addition to the complexity of the Pure Jerry sound. Besides being a touring pro drummer, Al also sings, plays acoustic guitar, and performs locally with girlfriend Nikki Davis.