The Heavy Pets' Jeff Lloyd Calls Playing With Crazy Fingers' Corey Dwyer "Privilege and an Honor"
"Later, he told me he had a studio, and I booked some time there immediately. The Heavy Pets spent hundreds of hours over the next year and a half with Corey, crafting our debut double album, Whale. Corey engineered and mixed the album, as well as loaned his talents on mandolin on a few tracks. The album was well-received and helped send us around the country."
As Lloyd tells it, their friendship soon began to flourish. "We recorded a follow-up EP with Corey and remained close," he confides. "I continued to play with Crazy Fingers here and there, sometimes just showing up and sitting in, and sometimes Corey would call me and invite me to play the whole show. I learned so much from him and Crazy Fingers, trained my ear and honing my jamming skills. They are one of the finest Grateful Dead cover bands -- or jam bands of any kind -- that I've had the pleasure to know. Playing with, and spending time with Corey was a privilege and an honor, and the time we had with him is something we will all cherish forever."
To help keep Dwyer's memory alive and raise money to cover his funeral costs and defray the medical expenses his family incurred, Heavy Pets will headline an all day benefit show on Sunday, May 25 at at the Backyard in Boynton Beach. The concert will also include the Funky Nuggets and a jam session featuring members of assorted South Florida bands.
"Come together to remember a South Florida Live Music Community forefather," Lloyd says. "If you grew up with Crazy Fingers, enjoy going to shows down here in general, or have enjoyed our debut album Whale, you owe much of it to Mr. Corey Dwyer."
A Corey Dwyer Memorial Benefit, 2 p.m. to midnight on Sunday, May 25, at the Backyard, 511 NE Fourth St., Boynton Beach. The show is free with a suggested minimum donation of $10 at the door. Visit crazyfingers.net.