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Jerry Garcia/David Grisman

  • 1. Thrill Is Gone, The
    2. Grateful Dawg
    3. Two Soldiers
    4. Friend of the Devil
    5. Russian Lullaby
    6. Dawg's Waltz
    7. Walkin' Boss
    8. Rockin' Chair
    9. Arabia
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2

  • Credits
    ProducerDavid Grisman; Jerry Garcia
    EngineerDavid Dennison

    Personnel: Jerry Garcia (guitar, vocals); David Grisman (mandolin); Jim Kerwin (bass); Joe Craven (percussion, fiddle).
    Recorded in Spring, 1991.
    Personnel: Jerry Garcia (vocals, guitar); David Grisman (mandolin); Joe Craven (fiddle, percussion).
    Audio Mixers: David Grisman; Jerry Garcia.
    Recording information: Dawg Studios (04/1991).
    Photographer: Gary Nichols.
    Arrangers: David Grisman; Jerry Garcia.
    Although Jerry Garcia will forever be most associated with the Grateful Dead's lysergic explorations, the guitarist began his career as a bluegrass-obsessed folk picker. The self-titled album by Garcia and mandolin virtuoso David Grisman is a showcase both for Garcia's own wide-ranging influences and Grisman's similarly eclectic style, the combination of folk, jazz, and rock the latter calls "dawg" music. The rollicking duet "Grateful Dawg" is the clear highlight of this acoustic set, recorded in a single day with Grisman sidemen Jim Kerwin on bass and Joe Craven on fiddle and occasional percussion. However, familiar songs like the Grateful Dead mainstay "Friend of the Devil" and Irving Berlin's "Russian Lullaby" (one of Garcia's favorite songs, which he had previously recorded on his solo debut) also benefit from the relaxed, playful vibe. The lengthy solos and melodic improvisations of the 16-minute closing track, "Arabia," will feel familiar to anyone who's heard more than one version of the Dead's epic "Dark Star."

  • Critic Reviews
    Option (7-8/92, p.101) - "...technically beautiful, the acoustic instruments sound pristine, and it has a laconic, laid-way-back quality that's like a hot, muggy summer day..."
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