He was known as Grateful Dead's "first roadie," and worked as the band's sound engineer. He passed away on September 25, 2021.
Bob Matthews was family to the Grateful dead. Bob Weir recalls that he not only played in the old jug band but he offered the home of his family to the band for rehearsals. Mattews wasn't paid much as the band's first employee but he eventually became the band's sound manager and recordist. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family and friends.
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