Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead Hour no.1489

By David Gans

Grateful Dead Hour by David Gans

Week of April 3, 2017

The name David Nelson comes up often in Grateful Dead history. David was part of the early-60s folk, bluegrass and old-time scene on the San Francisco peninsula that gave birth to the Grateful Dead, and he was part of that band that called itself the Hart Valley Drifters for a short while and did that radio broadcast that was released not long ago. Nelson co-founded the New Riders of the Purple Sage, played in the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band in 1987, and has led the David Nelson Band for twenty-odd years.

Nelson took a fall a few months ago and had to have surgery on his shoulder. Since that time he's been diagnosed with a form of cancer, and he's being treated for that now. You can look for updates on his condition at

Rather than cancel a scheduled tour of Alaska in March of this year, the Nelson Band invited their old pal Bob Weir to take the trip and front the band. The repertoire included a few songs from Bobby's recent release Blue Mountain, along with a generous helping of Grateful Dead favorites.


David Nelson Band with Bob Weir 3/18/17 The Sitzmark, Girdwood AK

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- David Gans

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