Thankfully due to releases like these, we may never get around to actually having to miss Jerry Garcia. Every so often, just when the world seems bleaker, along comes a disc either from Grisman or the Dead vaults that brings the bearded, impish (though tragic) genius strolling back into our dens, picking out a ballad or taking requests.
Though the PR materials state this as the culmination of forty relaxed G & G recording sessions, I for one certainly hope Grisman finds another. Think their other collaborations: Shady Grove, The Grateful Dawg Soundtrack, The Pizza Tapes, and Garcia Grisman, and you'll know what to expect. Lazy, hazy excursions into the American songbook, thusly its vast, beating heart. With bassist Jim Kerwin and percussionist Joe Craven providing a rolling stretch of road, the title track , a Dead concert staple, just opens up the blue sky the sun comes shining in. Bluegrass was G & G's heart, but that heart wandered where it wandered, so it's no surprise that James Brown's I'll Go Crazy follows. Real country, featuring Garcia's frayed vocals take a spotlight on George Jones' Take Me and two Merle Travis gems, Nine Pound Hammer and the epochal Dark As A Dungeon. Jerry's guitar sets the walking pace of Dylan's The Ballad Of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest as Grisman's filigree mandolin dances round the tale. Two often visited songs, the traditional I'm Troubled and Sittin' Here In Limbo sound old and new and gray all over again.
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