In their first recording project since Old & In The Way, Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead and David Grisman, the father of Dawg Music, team up for
an all acoustic excursion into the far corners of American music. From Irving Berlin's "Russian Lullaby" and B.B. King's "The Thrill Is Gone" to a brand new tune appropriately entitled "Grateful Dawg," this self-titled collaboration is, as one critic put it, "irresistible." It won a Bay Area Music Award for independent record of the year, a Grammy nomination in the category of contemporary folk
and the hearts of Deadheads and Dawgheads alike.
Longtime friends, Garcia and Grisman first met in the early '60s at a bluegrass festival on the east coast. In 1970, Grisman laid down mandolin tracks on the Grateful Dead's landmark album American Beauty.
A few years later, they joined forces again to form the short-lived, ever-popular bluegrass band Old and in the Way. The two renewed their friendship in 1990 and decided to record something for Grisman's independent label. Garcia/ Grisman is the first acoustic-only recording of Jerry's long career.
Reviews"Garcia's instrumental abilities and venturesome musical spirit have returned stronger than ever. The latest flurry of activity by Garcia recalls the early to mid-Seventies ... Garcia's untitled collaboration with mandolin player David "Dawg" Grisman is an acoustic showcase that harks back to the exchanges between guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli. The mood is convivial, the playing crisp and clean. Garcia and Grisman ... tackle everything from a high-spirited jazz-grass romp ("Grateful Dawg") to Irving Berlin's "Russian Lullaby" and Grisman's own 3/4 lullaby "Dawg's Waltz." Jewel-like notes from Grisman's mandolin decorate "Friend of the Devil," a stately remake of the Dead's folkish, uptempo original. They save the best for last: "Arabia," a compelling, suitelike excursion into Middle Eastern modality that sustains its exotic mood and momentum for over sixteen minutes." - Parke Puterbaugh, Rolling Stone