At Last - New Old And now...21 years after the release of one of the most popular bluegrass albums ever comes more Old and In the Way - That High Lonesome Sound on the Acoustic Disc Archive Series. This new recording features 14 new and previously unreleased songs from the original live performances that produced the acoustic excitement captured on the first Old and In the Way. Jerry Garcia picked banjo (his first instrument of expertise) and sang in this legendary band which played together, mostly in Northern California, for only nine months in 1973. This unique group of talented individuals featured, in addition to Garcia, Peter Rowan on guitar and vocals, David Grisman on mandolin and vocals, Vassar Clements on fiddle and vocals, John Kahn on the upright bass, and exposed a huge number of people to bluegrass for the very first time.
One of the great things about Old and In the Way was its eclectic and extensive repertoire. This recording includes hard-core bluegrass classics like Bill Monroe's "I'm On My Way Back to the Old Home" and "Uncle Pen," Jim and Jesse McReynolds' "Hard Hearted," Vassar Clements' amazing fiddling on his own "Lonesome Fiddle Blues" and "Orange Blossom Special," as well as Peter Rowan favorites like "The High Lonesome Sound" and "Lonesome L.A. Cowboy." There's also an inventive bluegrass arrangement of the 50's pop ballad, "The Great Pretender" and an evocative performance by Jerry of the gospel anthem "Angel Band." All this, plus a 20-page booklet featuring rare photographs and notes by bluegrass scholar Neil Rosenberg, make this release a must for all bluegrass fans, deadheads, dawgheads and lovers of American acoustic roots music.
Reviews"At long last, the follow-up to Old & in the Way's debut has been released in the form of That High Lonesome Sound. Throughout the set, the quartet of Garcia, Grisman, Rowan, and Clements magically blend their vocals into beautiful three- and four-part harmonies ... The quality of the sound on this release is much cleaner than on the group's debut, and this allows the vocals to shine...Both Grisman and Garcia also add some wonderful solos to a cover of I Ain't Broke but I'm Badly Bent. In addition, Kahn's bass playing is truly stunning." - John Metzger, The Music Box