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.
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.
Steve Peel is dedicated to channeling John Kahn. He has been playing bass alongside 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.
Stephe Ferraro plays drums and percussion. Stephe is originally from Rochester, NY where he studied jazz and funk drumming with the “notable” Vincent Ruggiero III (who mentored under the Great “Philly” Joe Jones and played with James Brown, Curtis Mayfield and Chuck Mangione etc.) and studied classical percussion and jazz with Dave Mancini from the Eastman School of Music (Chuck Mangione, Maynard Ferguson etc.) He is a graduate of the State University of New York with a Master’s in Music from Temple University. Stephe came to Philadelphia where he was on staff at Temple University and Girard College.
Raija Madsen has harnessed a love and devotion for music and the performing arts since she was a small child. Inspired by fiercely talented eccentric female artists such as Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell, Nicks, and Billie Holiday, Raija has developed a voice that is both soulful and jazzy, as well as bluesy and folky. She has also shared a special affinity for the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia, since she was exposed to it at age 12.
Raija Madsen began her professional music career at age 16 with Michael Morrow, performing in the well sought after Bob Marley and Peter Tosh tribute band, Mystic Rebel. Mystic Rebel was a big, lively, energetic band, paying homage to the cornerstone of gospel vocals, in which Raija fulfilled the Marcia Griffith part. Raija has preformed at renowned venues including BB King's Jazz Hall in Times Square, The House of Blues in Atlantic City, and Levon Helm’s Bearsville Theater in Woodstock. They also landed a few prized opportunities to play with original members of Bob Marley and the Wailers, including Junior Marvin, and Tony Chin.
Raija’s official debut with Pure Jerry in 2016 was a sold out show at Philadelphia’s beloved venue, Theater of the Living Arts.