At the time this album was recorded, Jefferson Airplane had expanded from a rock group into something of a San Francisco collective of musicians and launched its own record label, Grunt, necessitating a flow of product. As a result, there was a flurry of releases by the Airplane itself and several offshoots, with each of these records featuring several members of the loose aggregation informally dubbed "PERRO ("the Planet Earth Rock 'N' Roll Orchestra").
Recorded over three days during March of 1984 at Wilebski's Bar in Minnesota, the 2002 DVD Blues Collection: Live at Wilebski's features performances from a variety of renowned performers, including John Lee Hooker, Dr. John, and Lady Bianca, among others. But its title is a tad misleading, as not all of the performers are blues artists – as evidenced by a pair of obscure outfits: the funk-based Willie & the Bees and the blues-rock of the Minnesota Barking Ducks. Due to time restrictions, most of the artists get only one song each on the set, as standouts include Hooker's classic "Boom Boom," Lady Bianca's soulful reading of "Imagination," Baby Doo Caston's "Low Down Dog," and Dr. John's "You Lied Too Much." Also included with the DVD are several bonus features, including individual artist biographies, the all-time blues Top 50, the story of the blues, and a blues trivia quiz, among others.
Copperhead was a band organized by guitarist John Cipollina after he left Quicksilver Messenger Service in 1970. After signing to Columbia they recorded their debut album, Copperhead, released in the spring of 1973. Unfortunately, Davis was fired from Columbia shortly after the album's release, an action that doomed any developing band that had been signed under his aegis. The album went nowhere, and when Columbia refused to release their second album, Copperhead folded.