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In 1968, Jerry Garcia and David Grisman met in the parking lot of a bluegrass festival at Sunset Park in West Grove, Pennsylvania. That serendipitous meeting started a relationship that five years later found them as members of an all-star Bluegrass band, Old & In The Way. That group released a legendary live album in 1973 that was a gateway to the genre for a much broader audience. It was during that stint together that Garcia nicknamed Grisman “Dawg,” and sometime thereafter Grisman decided to name the style of music that he played “Dawg Music.”


Their individual careers took Garcia and Grisman down separate paths, but years later, they bumped into each other at a party in 1990 that rekindled their friendship with some casual get-togethers to play a variety of American roots music that they both loved. Grisman was launching his new record label Acoustic Disc, and Garcia suggested they record an album together to celebrate the new label and enjoy making all-acoustic music again. They decided to add a rhythm section of David Grisman Quintet members; percussionist / fiddler / rhythm mandolinist Joe Craven, and upright bassist Jim Kerwin. In August of 1991, Grisman released what was to be the first of a series of Acoustic Disc recordings under the name “Garcia Grisman.” That first release was nominated for a Grammy in Best Contemporary Folk Album of that year.

 

Garcia passed away in 1995, and Grisman rarely tours these days; but the music lives on with the original rhythm section of Joe Craven and Jim Kerwin, and Stu Allen on acoustic guitar and vocals, and either Ronnie McCoury or Andrew Collins on mandolin. Jerry & Dawg Revisited is reintroducing that original sound and songs to new and old generations alike, with guest artists who bring the passion and virtuosity of Jerry and Dawg to the live stage!

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