For the past few years, one of the best-kept secrets of the Bay Area music scene was a David Grisman Bluegrass Experience show. With lines stretching for blocks, it would be standing room only to hear this amazing band. Now at last, everyone can hear David Grisman and his stellar group of Bay Area bluegrass musicians on DGBX - The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience.
The band includes Keith Little (Ricky Skaggs, Dolly Parton, the Country Gentlemen) on 5-string banjo, guitar and vocals, Jim Nunally (John Reischman & the Jaybirds) on guitar and vocals, Chad Manning on fiddle, Samson Grisman on bass and of course, David Grisman on mandolin and vocals.
The CD opens with a dynamic version of the Monroe Brothers' "I'm Rollin' On." The DGBX trio wails on the Carter Family classic, "Engine 143" as well as a unique bluegrass interpretation of Charlie Poole's "Baltimore Fire." Jim Nunally's renditions of "Down the Road" and "Ruben's Train" would make Flatt & Scruggs proud while Keith Little's eloquent delivery of both "Dream of the Miner's Child" and "Are You Afraid to Die?" (highlighted by Samson Grismanís bass solo) pay heartfelt homage to the Stanley Brothers. Rounding out this traditional bluegrass program are the Grisman favorites, "Dawggy Mountain Breakdown" (the popular theme from radio's Car Talk show) and the ever popular "Old and in the Way."
DGBX is the debut recording of a the Dawg's own hand-picked bluegrass band.
ReviewsThe veteran mandolin virtuoso has earned renown as a progressive instrumentalist, through his eclectic, category-defying brand of 'dawg music' and his collaborations with the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia. Here, however, David Grisman sticks close to bluegrass tradition, in homage to the music that he says in the liner notes 'has always been my first big musical thrill' ... three-part harmonies and the quintet's sprightly instrumental interplay do the tradition proud ... - Don McLeese, Amazon.com