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Jerry Garcia Almost Acoustic CD - review

Almost Acoustic review

The Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band had a short life primarily October through December 1987, plus a few Bay Area dates before and after. They performed only in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, and of course, on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater. Being a San Franciscan resident I was fortunate to be able to see two of the performances Warfield performances with very good seats as well as the July, 7, 1988, Cotati, CA concert. Typically this band would play an hour as the warm up act for Jerry Garcia’s electric band.  

 Unlike the Old and in the Way recordings, Jerry Garcia’s role is much different with this group. In the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band he handles almost all of the lead singing duties and he plays guitar; with Old and in the Way the major singing responsibilities were Peter Rowan’s and Jerry played banjo. This band also differs drastically from Old and in the Way in its repertoire. This band pulls its material from a variety of styles including acoustic blues, gospel, war-time, bluegrass, and related genres, while Old and in the Way emphasized bluegrass. 

From a personnel basis, The Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band includes David Nelson (also NRPS) and Sandy Rothman who both played with Jerry in the 1964 bluegrass outfit The Black Mountain Boys. The band is filled out with long time partners John Kahn on bass, and fiddler player extraordinaire Kenny Kosek (when available). Drummer David Kemper was not an official member of the JGAB; however, he sat in as a guest at many of the performances when Garcia's electric band followed. 

Several of the songs performed by the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band were familiar to his fans because songs such as “Oh Babe it Ain’t No Lie,” “Deep Elem Blues,” and “All Around This World” were staples of the Grateful Dead during their 1980 acoustic sets. The Grateful Dead’s versions were released on their CD Reckoning.  Though, these versions are given different interpretations and are highly recommended.

One of the best songs on the album is the rendition of the up-tempo “Oh, the Wind and Rain.” Its swift beat and melodic nature is perfectly executed. Jimmie Rodger’s “Blue Yodel #9” is a splendid acoustic blues number with Sandy Rothman adding great slide dobro to Garcia’s harmonious guitar runs. The closer, “Ripple,” a great sing along number is perfect way to end the disc. 

Jerry isn’t the only star in this band as Rothman and Kosek are outstanding instrumentalists too. Therefore, the songs are filled with joyful guitar, fiddle, dobro, and mandolin riffs and solos throughout.

 The Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band’s CD Almost Acoustic is 70 plus minutes of great organic acoustic music. by Barry Small 
Grade 
A

Related releases
Jerry On Broadway - Acoustic and Electric JGB from 1987; three acoustic discs.
Ragged But Right - More from Oct. and Dec. 1987

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Jerry Garcia's Musical Roots: Jerry's Banjo Years
by Sandy Rothman

Note: November 2010
By popular demand, this re-mastered version of the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band’s classic Almost Acoustic CD was originally released to universal acclaim in 1988. Culled from a series of shows at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco and the Wiltern in Los Angeles during the late fall of 1987, the original disc captured that lineup at its finest—joining Jerry in the group were his old buddies Sandy Rothman (who produced the disc) on mandolin, dobro and vocals, David Nelson on guitar and vocals and John Kahn on stand-up bass; abetted by fiddler Kenny Kosek and drummer David Kemper. The tunes were a fantastic mixture of old time folk and country tunes popularized by the likes of Jimmie Rodgers, the Stanley Brothers, Tex Logan, Blue Sky Boys, Mississippi John Hurt and others. Among the many faves: “Swing Low Sweet Chariot,” “Deep Elem Blues,” “Oh, the Wind and Rain,” “Spike Driver Blues,” “Gone Home” and “Standin’ on the Corner (Blue Yodel #9).” The newly re-mastered edition of this old favorite sounds spectacular! 

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The best of both JGAB's newest releases - save when you get this Almost Acoustic and Ragged But Right Bundle. Includes both CDs, Sandy Rothman's Producer's Notes for both albums, and the exclusive 3,000 word Definitive History of the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band, by Steve Silberman. Limited quantities available.

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Track List

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 1. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (Traditional) - 3:30
 2. Deep Elem Blues (Traditional) - 6:09
 3. Blue Yodel No. 9 (Rodgers) - 6:12
 4. Spike Driver's Blues (Hurt) - 6:44
 5. I've Been All Around This World (Traditional) - 6:18
 6. Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail (Davis / Taylor) - 5:16
 7. I'm Troubled (Traditional) - 4:52
 8. Oh the Wind and Rain (Traditional) - 4:39
 9. The Girl at the Crossroads Bar (Bryson) - 2:37
10. Oh, Babe, It Ain't No Lie (Cotten) - 6:19
11. Casey Jones (Hurt) - 5:04
12. Diamond Joe (Logan) - 3:29
13. Gone Home (Carlisle) - 4:41
14. Ripple (Garcia / Hunter) - 4:21

Jerry Garcia Almost Acoustic CD - Musicians
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Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
David Nelson - guitar, vocals
Sandy Rothman - mandolin, dobro, banjo, vocals
John Kahn - acoustic bass
Kenny Kosek - fiddle (Kosek was not at all of the shows.)

Guest:
David Kemper - snare drum

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Label -  Grateful Dead.

Jerry On Broadway - Acoustic and Electric JGB from 1987
Ragged But Right - More from Oct. and Dec. 1987

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