Jerry Garcia

Episode 299: In The Dark - Grateful Dead [Discologist]

Episode 299: In The Dark - Grateful Dead [Discologist]

By 1987 the Grateful Dead's long, strange trip was starting to wind itself down, but a surprise hit single ("Touch Of Grey") would catapult the band back into the spotlight, inspire an entirely new generation of fans whose size would, in the end, play a large part in the band's untimely demise.

To celebrate it's 30th birthday, a group of proud Deadheads recently spent a Friday night in the basement with Kevin to talk through this divisive landmark in the band's history and try to figure out if it's just true that "every silver lining's got a touch of grey" or if the Dead were, at long last "going to hell in a bucket."


TO DO LIST: David Grisman w/John Sebastian TONIGHT @ The Howard Theater!!

For fans of bluegrass, David Grisman needs no introduction. With a career that spans over 40 years, the renowned mandolinist and composer has been there and back again, and then taken a few more laps just for good measure. Stylistically Grisman’s playing is all over the map, owing as much to jazz as it does to the psychedelic sounds of a late 60’s San Francisco – he even coined the term “Dawg” music to describe the multicultural mish mash. He has collaborated with everyone from greats like Stephane Grapelli to, most famously, hippy luminary Jerry Garcia to produce music that urges the listener to move as much as it asks them to think about what they are hearing.

Joining Grisman on stage to kick of their tour will be friend and fellow music legend John Sebastian. A former founder/member of The Lovin’ Spoonful who delivered hits like “Do You Believe In Magic” and “Daydream,” Beginning with the 2007 album Satisfied , Sebastian has spent the later years of his career exploring the annals of acoustic folk along with Grisman as both musicians seek to produce music that transcends the genres that they pull so much inspiration from.

Tickets are still available HERE, so get off your ass and join us for a remarkable evening of music in the equally remarkable Howard Theater. 


Weekend Listen: Jerry Garcia and David Grisman - 8/25/91 - Squaw Valley, CA

In 1991 The Grateful Dead were at the peak of their "mainstream" success. Paradoxically they were also at the peak of their decline as front man Jerry Garcia would be dead just a few short years later. It was a weird time to be sure, as the band had wildly varying returns on the quality of their performances, until at last, they became a metaphorical death rattle. And then it was over. 

But this isn't about the Grateful Dead or Garcia's role in it. This is about Garcia the bluegrass musician. It's well documented that Garcia had an affinity for bluegrass and country (He played the pedal steel on CSNY's "Teach Your Children) there is no better record of that than this recording of the band he formed with longtime friend and bluegrass legend, David Grisman...