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Jerry Garcia & David Grisman

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Jerry Garcia; lead guitarist and vocalist with The Grateful Dead, throughout his career, he led the Dead through numerous changes, becoming one of the most famous figures in the history of rock & roll. Simultaneously, Garcia pursued an eclectic array of side projects, ranging from the bluegrass group Old & In the Way to his folky solo recordings. Garcia stayed active as a member of the Grateful Dead and as a solo performer until his death in 1995.

David Grisman is normally associated with the bluegrass wing of country music, but his music owes almost as much to jazz as it does to traditional American folk influences. Because he couldn’t think of what to call his unique, highly intricate, harmonically advanced hybrid of acoustic bluegrass, folk, and jazz without leaning toward one idiom or another, he offhandedly decided to call it “dawg music” — a name which, curiously enough, has stuck. A brilliant mandolinist, with roots deep in the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, Grisman’s jazz sensibilities were strong enough to attract the admiration of the HCQ’s Stephane Grappelli, who has toured and recorded with Grisman on occasion.

Grisman was already playing the piano, saxophone, and mandolin by the time he was a teenager, taking up the latter at age 16. While attending New York University in 1963, he began playing with the Even Dozen Jug Band, which at one time included Maria Muldaur and John Sebastian.

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  • maziyarheydari

    i can feel them,they are amazing .

    20 Jul 2013 Reply
  • MayhemWithMercy

    in my opinion the best versions of friend of the devil are performed by this duo... not to say the dead's versions aren't stellar, but there's something about the slow-paced bluegrass versions that these guys put on that really speaks to me

    13 May 2012 Reply
  • AoxomoxoA69

    i love jerry's voice !

    6 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Lord_Kur

    I have a better theory, It's almost always Jerry singing

    25 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Jayryn

    spud and dawg

    12 Mar 2011 Reply
  • blogmeridian

    theory, it sounds like they take turns singing. Neither is a great singer, but Grisman's tone is a little steadier than Garcia's is. Of course . . . we're not listening to these guys because of their singing ability.

    10 Jul 2010 Reply
  • theoryjean

    these guys are an amazing duo. whos the one singing?

    24 May 2010 Reply
  • rompemonster

    hmmm i have just 31 scrobbles of jg+dg -must be because i always play these albums on the good ol' stereo + cd...

    3 Mar 2010 Reply
  • gyp2662

    love, love this !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    23 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Skathi

    Check out my bluegrass band http://www.last.fm/music/The+Dog+Days+of+Summer

    5 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Crewzer1

    Don't get much better than this "like a fine aged wine" Miss U Jerry, Hope it ain't too hot where U've gone. (Let me know...i'll try to send ice water) Otherwise i'll see ya on the other side of those pearly gates and play a lick or two ok???

    18 Aug 2009 Reply
  • dscia

    I miss Jerry.

    19 Nov 2008 Reply
  • deadlotwhat

    Jerry!

    6 Feb 2008 Reply
  • deadheadmon

    Yo this is me showing some love for one of the most beautiful partnerships in all of music. We miss you Jerry.

    25 Jan 2007 Reply