The deeply rooted musical friendship between Jerry Garcia and David Grisman is exquisitely detailed in the 80-minute musical documentary GRATEFUL DAWG. Produced by Acoustic Disc and 11th Hour Productions & Entertainment, Inc. and directed by Gillian Grisman, GRATEFUL DAWG includes live Garcia/Grisman performances as well as rare and unique personal moments from the studio, backstage and home-style jam sessions. Interviews with friends and family are intertwined with live and archival elements, creating an intimate portrait of Jerry and Davidís relationship.
GRATEFUL DAWG traces the Garcia/Grisman connection from their earliest days as budding blue grassers, through the creation of the legendary Old & In the Way in the mid '70s, to the Garcia/Grisman Band that highlighted their love of traditional acoustic music in the '90s. Included is rare footage from San Franciscoís Warfield Theatre and the Sweetwater in Mill Valley, the performance that marked the reunion of these two musical kindred spirits.
Unreleased live audio tracks include "Grateful Dawg," "Sweet Sunny South," "Dawgís Waltz," "Off to Sea Once More," "Sittiní Here in Limbo," "Friend of the Devil" and "Arabia." GRATEFUL DAWG also includes the unreleased music video, "The Thrill is Gone," directed by Justin Kreutzmann in 1991.
GRATEFUL DAWG offers a unique retrospective of Jerry Garcia and David Grisman ís musical kinship that reflects the true spirit of their collaboration and offers an intimate, inside look for longtime and newer fans to enjoy.
Reviews"The film brought to light a handful of live performances -- recorded at San Francisco's Warfield Theatre and Mill Valley's legendary Sweetwater -- for which many, no doubt, will clamor...[Garcia and Grisman], along with Jim Kerwin and Joe Craven, deliver some truly heady trips, most notably on the expansive Arabia." - John Metzger, The Music Box