Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead Hour no. 301

Week of June 27, 1994

Guest: David Grisman

David Grisman and Tony Rice, Tone Poems
TURN OF THE CENTURY

Jerry Garcia and David Grisman live 1992 (unreleased)
16x16

David Grisman and Tony Rice, Tone Poems
SONG FOR TWO PAMELAS

Eric Thompson and David Grisman (unreleased)
RAIN AND SNOW

David Grisman and Tony Rice, Tone Poems
O SOLE MIO

David Grisman, Hot Dawg
NEON TETRA

Jerry Garcia and David Grisman live 1992 (unreleased)
OH, THE WIND AND THE RAIN

David Grisman and Tony Rice, Tone Poems
SWING '42

Jerry Garcia and David Grisman live 1992 (unreleased)
BAGS' GROOVE

David Grisman is a mandolin player who was a longtime friend and collaborator of Jerry Garcia's. According to Dennis McNally in A Long Strange Trip, Jerry and David met and picked together at a bluegrass festival Sunset Park, Pennsylvania in June of 1964 (during the summer Jerry and Sandy Rothman spent traveling the country with a tape recorder!). Grisman later gave the Warlocks their first press mention, in Sing Out! magazine, calling the not-yet-GD "the best rock-and-roll group [he] heard in California." When Grisman moved to California permanently in 1970, he told me, he happened upon a baseball game between the Dead and the Jefferson Airplane, whereupon Jerry invited David to add some mandolin to the record the band was working on. That's how Grisman came to play on "Friend of the Devil" and "Ripple." (Grisman tells this tale, with musical accompaniment, in the excellent documentary Anthem to Beauty, available on DVD.)

In 1973, Garcia (banjo) and Grisman joined with guitarist Peter Rowan (who goes back to the early '60s with Grisman as well), bassist John Kahn, and fiddle legend Vassar Clements to form Old and In the Way, a bluegrass-plus band whose first album, released on the Dead's Round Records label in 1975, was for many years the best-selling bluegrass album in history. "Dawg Music," the name Grisman gave to the stylistic hybrid he has developed over the last 30+ years, comes from the nickname he had in O&ITW. (Jerry was known as "Spud," by the way.)

Jerry and David lost touch for many years, but reconnected in 1990 through a chance encounter. After getting together to play some music in Grisman's Marin County studio, they did some recording and put a band together for some gigs. Jerry Garcia and David Grisman was released in 1991 on Grisman's Acoustic Disc label, and the pair (backed by Joe Craven and Jim Kerwin of the David Grisman Quintet) recorded and performed together many times in the last five years of Jerry's life. Visit jerrygarcia.com and/or the Acoustic Disc web site or the CDs (Not For Kids Only is a favorite of mine).

David's daughter, Gillian Grisman, made a film called Grateful Dawg, a warm portrait of the men's friendship and musical collaboration - well worth checking out on DVD. (You'll find the Grateful Dawg soundtrack in the DeadNet store, too.)

This interview with Grisman, recorded live at KPFA in May of 1994 and broadcast on the national GD Hour the week of June 27, focused on Tone Poems, the first of a series of recordings in which Grisman and a partner - guitarist Tony Rice in this case - assembled a collection of vintage instruments (including, according to the Acoustic Disc web page, "a 1939 Martin D-45 guitar (valued at $100,000) paired with a priceless, one-of-a-kind 1923 Lloyd Loar Gibson A-5 mandolin") - making the point that "It ain't the car, it's the driver, folks.... Musicians tend to sound like they sound; it doesn't matter that much what the instrument is...."

Grisman was also kind enough to bring in some unreleased live Garcia-Grisman, recorded at the Warfield Theater in May of 1992, and a duet with Eric Thompson on "Rain and Snow" that was later released on the expanded CD edition of Thompson's Real

Enjoy!

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David Gans

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Program time 53:40

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This is the stuff!

Really good show. Garcia's work with Grisman has been the nicest farewell.

Happy Trails

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YEEEEE HAAAAAA

DID DAVID EVER FIND HIS MANDOLIN THAT WENT MISSING AFTER A SUMMER FESTIVAL? """ nothing left to do but,SMILE

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Also...

...nice follow up to last weeks podcast.

"The bottle was dusty but the liquor was clean."

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Just happen to have this one

Just happen to have this one on tape, nice to give it another listen! Great show! Rock on.
-Hunter

"The bottle was dusty but the liquor was clean."

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Thank you DG

Wow do I feel special this morning! I sent an e-mail to DG(ans) this week and we "spoke" about this show and my affection for it. This GDH, just like the two GDH shows that helped to promote the first Dick's Picks release, contains some of the most entertaining interview portions of any of the GDH programs I am familiar with. You can just tell how excited DG(risman) is to be working on and takling about this project. It also (I think) slightly pre-dates the Pizza Tapes (Garcia/Grisman/Rice) which is also a real treat.
Thanks DG(ans). This one is a keeper!
Adam

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I attended the Half Moon Bay

I attended the Half Moon Bay Bluegrass Festival in 1990 or 1991? Not sure of the year. The Del McCoury Band was the headliner. David Grisman did a set with a group of musicians. He left the stage after the set and a short time later he could be seen being assisted by others to a waiting car backstage. It looked like he hurt his leg somehow and had to leave. It was disappointing. Never found out what happened to him. I hope he was okay.

Some friends of mine and I would venture into San Francisco to see bluegrass at Paul's Saloon on Union Street. I wonder if the club is still open? There was a framed poster on the wall with a list of the musicians who played there. David Grisman's name was up there. So was Jerry Garcia, David Bromberg, Doc Watson, Vassar Clements, etc. It was very strange and really cool to find live bluegrass music in the center of a large metropolis such as San Francisco.

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NFKO

Yeah, I love Not For Kids Only too.

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Simply wonderful!

Not For Kids Only is such a timeless treasure Teddy Bears Picnic always makes me smile. Thanks David G and Dawg for a delightful hour of music.

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gotta love that dawg

gotta love that dawg

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Glory be...

Great googamoogah!

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Grateful Dead Hour no. 301