Bob Weir is best known as a founding member of legendary rock group the Grateful Dead. Weir spent most of his time on the rhythm guitar throughout the Dead's 30-year career, contributing his vocals to their rock and roll/country style tracks. His solo career began to take shape while still an active member of the band, releasing his debut album Ace in 1972. Weir would go on to form his own side bands including the Bob Weir Band and Bobby and the Midnights. Following Jerry Garcia's death in 1995, he formed the cover band RatDog, featuring Jay Lane on drums. Weir has participated in a handful of reformations of the Grateful Dead's members over the last several years, most notably Further (alongside Phil Lesh), and Dead and Company, the latter of which includes former Dead members Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann with John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti. Weir cites a wide range of diverse artists including McCoy Tyner, John Coltrane, The Rev. Gary Davis and Igor Stravinsky as strong influences on his unique style and inspiration for experimenting with slide guitar techniques.