Complete List Of Jerry Garcia Albums And Discography

Jerry Garcia Albums

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This Complete List Of Jerry Garcia Albums And Songs presents the full discography of Jerry Garcia and Jerry Garcia Band studio albums. The band was first formed in  The group hails from the area of  This complete Jerry Garcia and Jerry Garcia Band discography also includes every single live album. All these spectacular Jerry Garcia and Jerry Garcia Band albums have been presented below in chronological order. We have also included all original release dates with each Jerry Garcia and Jerry Garcia Band album as well as all original album covers. Every album listed below showcases the entire album tracklisting.

NOTE: This list does not include the numerous Jerry Garcia collaboration albums with other artists. These are listed in separate articles.

JERRY GARCIA SOLO ALBUMS

Garcia

Released: January 1972

“Garcia” is Jerry Garcia’s first solo album, released by Warner Bros. Records in January 1972. This album was a unique departure from his work with the Grateful Dead, allowing Garcia to explore his diverse range of musical influences. “Garcia” showcased Jerry’s ability to blend various genres, including folk, rock, and blues, into a distinct sound that was entirely his own. The album was well-received and marked an important step in Jerry Garcia’s career as it allowed him to establish his identity as a solo artist.

The album featured Jerry Garcia on various instruments including guitar, bass, and banjo. It was produced by Bob Matthews, Betty Cantor, and Bill Kreutzmann, who are all associates of the Grateful Dead. While specific recording dates and locations for each track are not available, it is known that the album was primarily recorded at Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Deal” – 3:14
  2. “Bird Song” – 4:26
  3. “Sugaree” – 5:54
  4. “Loser” – 4:10
  5. “Late for Supper” – 1:37
  6. “Spidergawd” – 3:25
  7. “Eep Hour” – 5:08
  8. “To Lay Me Down” – 6:18
  9. “An Odd Little Place” – 1:38
  10. “The Wheel” – 4:12

Compliments

Released: June 1974

Jerry Garcia’s second solo album, “Compliments,” showcases his ability to cover a diverse range of material, from Motown to Dylan. Unlike his debut, “Garcia” (1972), where he played almost all the instruments himself, this album is characterized by a strong presence of notable session musicians, giving it a more collaborative feel. With its eclectic mix of rock, blues, and soul, the album covers songs from artists such as Irving Berlin and Smokey Robinson, featuring Garcia’s interpretations and guitar work.

The album was produced by John Kahn, who also played bass. Other musicians included Ron Tutt on drums, Michael Omartian on keyboards, and Larry Carlton on guitar. “Compliments” was recorded at Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco in December 1973 and January 1974. While it didn’t make a significant impact on the charts, the album was well-received among Garcia’s fan base and is noted for its musical versatility and Garcia’s expressive guitar playing.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Let It Rock” (Chuck Berry) – 3:12
  2. “When The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game” (Smokey Robinson) – 3:46
  3. “That’s What Love Will Make You Do” (Hendricks, Banks, Marion) – 3:43
  4. “Russian Lullaby” (Irving Berlin) – 3:05
  5. “Turn On The Bright Lights” (Albert Washington, Lonnie Mack) – 5:20
  6. “He Ain’t Give You None” (Van Morrison) – 3:25
  7. “What Goes Around” (Mac Rebennack) – 3:07
  8. “Let’s Spend The Night Together” (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) – 3:30
  9. “Mississippi Moon” (Peter Rowan) – 3:05
  10. “Midnight Town” (Jimmie Rodgers) – 3:15

Reflections

Released February 1976

“Reflections” is a third solo album by Jerry Garcia, constituting a more collaborative effort compared to his earlier solo recordings. Garcia performed with both the Jerry Garcia Band (JGB) and the Grateful Dead on this album. It showcases his diverse musical influences and the broad range of his work, containing a blend of rock, folk, and country with touches of blues. Notably, “Reflections” includes contributions from the Dead’s Keith and Donna Jean Godchaux, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart, highlighting the strong symbiotic relationship between Garcia’s solo work and his commitment to the Grateful Dead.

Produced by Jerry Garcia and released on the Grateful Dead Records label, the recording sessions for “Reflections” occurred at various studios, including Bob Weir’s home studio and different sessions with the Dead. This collaborative atmosphere helped shape the album’s eclectic sound.

Musicians on this album included Jerry Garcia on guitar and vocals, John Kahn on bass, Ron Tutt on drums, Keith Godchaux on keyboards, Donna Jean Godchaux on vocals, with production by Jerry Garcia and engineering by Dan Healy. The synergy of the JGB and Grateful Dead members on this album brings a distinctive richness to the sound, making “Reflections” a fan-favorite and a reflective snapshot of Garcia’s artistic journey at the time.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Might As Well” – 3:52
  2. “Mission in the Rain” – 5:04
  3. “They Love Each Other” – 4:37
  4. “I’ll Take a Melody” – 9:28
  5. “It Must Have Been the Roses” – 3:07
  6. “Tore Up Over You” – 4:30
  7. “Catfish John” – 7:04
  8. “Comes a Time” – 3:13

Run for the Roses

Released April 1982

“Run for the Roses” is Jerry Garcia’s fourth and final solo studio album, released under the name of the Jerry Garcia Band. The album offers a mix of Garcia’s own compositions and a diverse selection of covers, reflecting his wide-ranging musical interests and songwriting partnership with Robert Hunter. It presents a tapestry of Americana, rock, and folk, characteristic of Garcia’s broad musical palette.

This album came into being during a vibrant period of Garcia’s career, outside his primary commitments to the Grateful Dead. With a smoother and more polished sound compared to his earlier solo efforts, “Run for the Roses” shows Garcia’s continuing evolution as a musician and a songwriter.

The production of “Run for the Roses” was marked by Garcia’s collaboration with John Kahn, who played bass and also produced the album alongside Garcia. It features performances by Melvin Seals on keyboards, who would become a mainstay of the Jerry Garcia Band, and Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, among others.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Run for the Roses” – 3:42
  2. “I Saw Her Standing There” – 2:55
  3. “Without Love” – 4:23
  4. “Midnight Getaway” – 7:54
  5. “Leave the Little Girl Alone” – 3:33
  6. “Valerie” – 5:22
  7. “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” – 7:30

JERRY GARCIA BAND ALBUMS

Cats Under the Stars

Released April 1978

“Cats Under the Stars” is the first album credited to the Jerry Garcia Band. It is an album that Jerry Garcia was personally very fond of, stating that it was the one he was happiest with in terms of process, musicians, and the final outcome. Its music is a rich tapestry of the late 1970s’ folk-rock and Americana, with touches of jazz and funk.

The album’s sound reflects Garcia’s eclectic musical interests, and his band’s ability to blend those influences into a cohesive, distinct style. “Cats Under the Stars” is notable for its soulful melodies, complex musical interplay, and lyrical depth, with many of the songs co-written by Garcia’s longtime writing partner, Robert Hunter.

The production of “Cats Under the Stars” was a collaborative effort, with Garcia and John Kahn taking the reins. The album features an array of talented musicians including Donna Jean Godchaux on vocals, Keith Godchaux on keyboards, John Kahn on bass, and Ron Tutt on drums, with additional contributions from Maria Muldaur on backing vocals and Nicky Hopkins on piano.

The recording sessions for “Cats Under the Stars” took place at the Grateful Dead’s own studio, Club Front, in San Rafael, California, adding a sense of homegrown authenticity and comfort to the production.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Cats Under the Stars” – 5:31
  2. “Love in the Afternoon” – 4:09
  3. “Palm Sunday” – 2:21
  4. “Scarlet Begonias” – 4:18
  5. “Rubin and Cherise” – 5:17
  6. “Gomorrah” – 5:26
  7. “Rain” – 5:53
  8. “Down Home” – 1:46
  9. “Rhapsody in Red” – 5:11

Jerry Garcia Band

Released August 27, 1991

“Jerry Garcia Band” is a double live album by the Jerry Garcia Band. It captures the essence of the band’s live performances, which were celebrated for their improvisational style and emotional range. The album presents Jerry Garcia’s ability to cover a diverse repertoire, including rock and roll, rhythm and blues, gospel, and reggae. The recording is warm and captures the intimacy of the shows, providing a snapshot of the band’s sound during the early 1990s.

The lineup for this incarnation of the Jerry Garcia Band included Jerry Garcia on guitar and vocals, John Kahn on bass, Melvin Seals on keyboards, David Kemper on drums, with Gloria Jones and Jacklyn LaBranch providing background vocals. This combination of musicians created a unique sonic blend that complemented Garcia’s guitar work and soulful voice.

The album was recorded during a series of shows in 1990 at The Warfield in San Francisco, a venue where the band frequently played and which was a favorite of Garcia’s. The sense of familiarity with the venue and the hometown audience contributed to the relaxed and inspired performances found on this release.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “The Way You Do The Things You Do” – 8:00
  2. “Waiting for a Miracle” – 5:54
  3. “Simple Twist of Fate” – 13:17
  4. “Get Out of My Life” – 7:06
  5. “My Sisters and Brothers” – 4:00
  6. “I Shall Be Released” – 8:09
  7. “Dear Prudence” – 10:14
  8. “Deal” – 8:32
  9. “Stop That Train” – 7:03
  10. “Señor (Tales of Yankee Power)” – 7:23
  11. “Evangeline” – 4:20
  12. “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” – 9:50
  13. “Don’t Let Go” – 11:39
  14. “That Lucky Old Sun” – 10:09
  15. “Tangled Up in Blue” – 11:44

How Sweet It Is

Released March 14, 1997

“How Sweet It Is” is a live album by the Jerry Garcia Band, capturing the band in its element at live performances from 1990. The album title is a nod to the Marvin Gaye classic, which is also covered on the album, showcasing Garcia’s ability to give a new dimension to widely recognized songs. “How Sweet It Is” exemplifies the Jerry Garcia Band’s range, from Motown to reggae to classic rock, reflecting Garcia’s eclectic taste and his talent for reinterpretation.

Jerry Garcia leads the band with his expressive guitar playing and heartfelt vocals, accompanied by the steady presence of John Kahn on bass, David Kemper on drums, and Melvin Seals on the organ, whose gospel influences can be felt throughout the album. The background vocals by Gloria Jones and Jacklyn LaBranch add a soulful harmony that complements Garcia’s voice.

The album’s recordings are from concerts at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco and the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. These performances are known for their intimate atmosphere and for the deep connection between the band and the audience.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” – 8:05
  2. “Stop That Train” – 6:47
  3. “Dear Prudence” – 13:02
  4. “I Shall Be Released” – 8:18
  5. “Run for the Roses” – 5:43
  6. “My Sisters and Brothers” – 4:10
  7. “Deal” – 8:34
  8. “Señor (Tales of Yankee Power)” – 7:29
  9. “Evangeline” – 4:30
  10. “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” – 9:20
  11. “Breadbox” – 9:16
  12. “Ain’t No Bread in the Breadbox” – 10:14
  13. “The Maker” – 8:22
  14. “Midnight Moonlight” – 6:14

Don’t Let Go

Released May 21, 2001

“Don’t Let Go” is a live album by the Jerry Garcia Band, recorded at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco on May 21, 1976. It offers a glimpse into the evolution of the band’s sound during the mid-1970s. This era was marked by Garcia’s deep dive into a variety of genres, including R&B, reggae, and rock, all of which are reflected in the eclectic tracklist of the album. The album showcases the band’s ability to blend these influences into their improvisational performances seamlessly.

Jerry Garcia’s unmistakable guitar sound and laid-back vocal delivery lead the band, consisting of Keith Godchaux on keyboards, who was also a member of the Grateful Dead during this period, Donna Jean Godchaux providing backing vocals, John Kahn on bass guitar, and Ron Tutt on drums, who was known for his work with Elvis Presley. Nicky Hopkins, the celebrated English pianist, contributes his distinctive piano playing to the mix, adding another layer of depth to the band’s sound.

The recording captures the band in a transitional phase, with performances that are both expansive and intimate. It’s a display of Jerry Garcia’s love for music beyond the Grateful Dead’s repertoire, and his ability to interpret other artists’ songs with unique sensitivity and flair.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Sugaree” – 15:53
  2. “They Love Each Other” – 7:04
  3. “That’s What Love Will Make You Do” – 10:22
  4. “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” – 10:52
  5. “Sitting in Limbo” – 12:21
  6. “Mission in the Rain” – 8:00
  7. “Don’t Let Go” – 31:42
  8. “After Midnight” – 12:28
  9. “Strange Man” – 6:41
  10. “Tore Up Over You” – 11:24
  11. “I’ll Take a Melody” – 12:08
  12. “The Way You Do the Things You Do” – 7:58
  13. “My Sisters and Brothers” – 7:34
  14. “Lonesome and a Long Way from Home” – 24:30

Shining Star

Released August 10, 2001

“Shining Star” is an album by the Jerry Garcia Band, consisting of live recordings from various concert dates in 1989, 1990, and 1993. This release is notable for demonstrating the band’s range and ability to cover songs from a variety of genres, with a particular focus on soul and R&B. The album title is derived from the cover of The Manhattans’ hit song “Shining Star,” which Garcia and his band turn into a lengthy, explorative jam.

The lineup of the band during these years was one of the more stable and consistent rosters, featuring Jerry Garcia on guitar and vocals, Melvin Seals on keyboards, who is renowned for his soulful playing style, John Kahn on bass, David Kemper on drums, Gloria Jones and Jacklyn LaBranch on backing vocals, who add a rich texture to the music with their harmonies.

Recorded at various locations, the album captures the band’s live energy and Garcia’s ever-present ability to reinterpret songs in his own inimitable style. It’s a dynamic mix of covers and Garcia originals, with extended improvisations that were a hallmark of his side projects away from the Grateful Dead.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Shining Star” – 13:34
  2. “He Ain’t Give You None” – 8:09
  3. “Second That Emotion” – 5:21
  4. “Money Honey” – 5:59
  5. “Struggling Man” – 6:16
  6. “Russian Lullaby” – 10:49
  7. “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love” – 10:02
  8. “Let’s Spend the Night Together” – 11:00
  9. “Mississippi Moon” – 8:29
  10. “Let It Rock” – 7:46
  11. “When The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game” – 8:14
  12. “Ain’t No Bread in the Breadbox” – 9:14
  13. “Positively 4th Street” – 7:43
  14. “The Maker” – 8:13
  15. “Midnight Moonlight” – 6:09

Pure Jerry: Theatre 1839, San Francisco, July 29 & 30, 1977

Released June 1, 2004
Jerry Made JGCD 0001
3-disc CD
Pure Jerry #1
Recorded July 29–30, 1977 at Theatre 1839 in San Francisco

Disc one

  1. “Mystery Train” (Junior Parker, Sam Phillips) — 10:19
  2. “Russian Lullaby” (Irving Berlin) — 12:52
  3. “That’s What Love Will Make You Do” (James Banks, Eddie Marion, Henderson Thigpen) — 11:33
  4. “Stir It Up” (Bob Marley) — 12:41
  5. “Simple Twist of Fate” (Bob Dylan) — 9:29
  6. “The Way You Do the Things You Do” (Smokey Robinson, Bobby Rogers) — 9:51
  7. “Catfish John” (Bob McDill, Allen Reynolds) — 11:58

Disc two

July 29, 1977:
  1. “Friend of the Devil” (John Dawson, Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia) — 8:54
  2. “Don’t Let Go” (Jesse Stone) — 27:00
  3. “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” (Robbie Robertson) — 9:49
July 30, 1977:
  1. “They Love Each Other” (Hunter, Garcia) — 7:22
  2. “I Second That Emotion” (Robinson) — 10:27
  3. “Let Me Roll It” (Paul McCartney) — 9:15

Disc three

July 30, 1977:
  1. “The Harder They Come” (Jimmy Cliff) — 12:43
  2. “Gomorrah” (Hunter, Garcia) — 6:39
  3. “Tore Up Over You” (Hank Ballard) — 9:43
  4. “Tangled Up in Blue” (Dylan) — 10:18
  5. “My Sisters and Brothers” (Charles Johnson) — 7:44

After Midnight: Kean College, 2/28/80

Released September 28, 2004
Rhino R2 76536
3-disc CD
Recorded February 28, 1980, at Kean College in Union, New Jersey


Pure Jerry: Lunt-Fontanne, New York City, October 31, 1987

Released November 2004
Jerry Made JDCD 0002
4-disc CD
Pure Jerry #2
Includes performances by the Jerry Garcia Band and the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band

Pure Jerry: Theatre 1839, San Francisco, July 29 & 30, 1977

Released June 1, 2004
Jerry Made JGCD 0001
3-disc CD
Pure Jerry #1
Recorded July 29–30, 1977 at Theatre 1839 in San Francisco


After Midnight: Kean College, 2/28/80

Released September 28, 2004
Rhino R2 76536
3-disc CD
Recorded February 28, 1980, at Kean College in Union, New Jersey


Pure Jerry: Lunt-Fontanne, New York City, October 31, 1987

Released November 2004
Jerry Made JDCD 0002
4-disc CD
Pure Jerry #2
Includes performances by the Jerry Garcia Band and the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band
Recorded October 31, 1987, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City


Pure Jerry: Lunt-Fontanne, New York City, The Best of the Rest, October 15–30, 1987

Released November 2004
Jerry Made JDCD 0003
3-disc CD
Pure Jerry #3
Includes performances by the Jerry Garcia Band and the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band
Recorded October 15–30, 1987 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City


Pure Jerry: Merriweather Post Pavilion, September 1 & 2, 1989

Released March 25, 2005
Jerry Made JDCD 0005
4-disc CD
Pure Jerry #5
Recorded September 1–2, 1989 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland


Pure Jerry: Warner Theatre, March 18, 1978

Released August 9, 2005
Jerry Made JDCD 0006
2-disc CD
Pure Jerry #6
Recorded March 18, 1978, at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C.


Pure Jerry: Coliseum, Hampton, VA, November 9, 1991

Released August 1, 2006
Jerry Made JDCD 0007
2-disc CD
Pure Jerry #7
Recorded November 9, 1991, at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia


Pure Jerry: Bay Area 1978

Released August 31, 2009
Jerry Made JDCD 0009
2-disc CD
Pure Jerry #9
Recorded February – June 1978 at various venues in the San Francisco Bay Area


Let It Rock: The Jerry Garcia Collection, Vol. 2

Released November 10, 2009
Jerry Made JDCD 0010
2-disc CD
Recorded November 17–18, 1975 at the Keystone in Berkeley, California


Garcia Live Volume One

Released February 19, 2013
ATO JGFRR 1001
3-disc CD
Recorded March 1, 1980, at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey


June 26, 1981, Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA

Released April 1, 2013
Digital download
Garcia Live Volume 1.5
Recorded June 26, 1981, at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco


Garcia Live Volume Two

Released June 25, 2013
ATO JGFRR 1002
2-disc CD
Recorded August 5, 1990, at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California


Fall 1989: The Long Island Sound

Released December 17, 2013
ATO JGFRR 1004
6-disc CD
Includes performances by the Jerry Garcia Band and by Bob Weir & Rob Wasserman
Recorded September 5, 1989, at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut and September 6, 1989, at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York


Garcia Live Volume Four

Released July 8, 2014
ATO JGFRR 1005
2-disc CD
Recorded March 22, 1978, at Veteran’s Hall in Sebastopol, California


Garcia Live Volume Five

Released October 21, 2014
ATO JGFRR 1006
2-disc CD
Recorded December 31, 1975, at the Keystone in Berkeley, California


On Broadway: Act One – October 28th, 1987

Released June 23, 2015
ATO JGFRR 1008
3-disc CD
Includes performances by the Jerry Garcia Band and the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band
Recorded October 28, 1987, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City

Garcia Live Volume Seven

  • Release Date: August 19, 2016
  • Label: ATO JGFRR 1010
  • Format: 2-disc CD
  • Recorded: November 8, 1976, at Sophie’s in Palo Alto, California

Garcia Live Volume Eight

  • Release Date: March 10, 2017
  • Label: ATO JGFRR 1014
  • Format: 2-disc CD
  • Recorded: November 23, 1991, at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee

Garcia Live Volume Ten

  • Release Date: February 23, 2018
  • Label: ATO JGFRR 1019
  • Format: 2-disc CD
  • Recorded: May 20, 1990, at the Hilo Civic Auditorium in Hilo, Hawaii

Electric on the Eel

  • Release Date: March 15, 2019
  • Label: ATO JGFRR 1021
  • Format: 6-disc CD
  • Recorded: August 29, 1987; June 10, 1989; and August 10, 1991, at French’s Camp in Piercy, California

Garcia Live Volume Eleven

  • Release Date: July 12, 2019
  • Label: ATO JGFRR 1027
  • Format: 2-disc CD
  • Recorded: December 11, 1993, at the Providence Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island

Garcia Live Volume Thirteen

  • Release Date: April 24, 2020
  • Label: ATO JGFRR 1031
  • Format: 2-disc CD
  • Recorded: September 16, 1989, at the Poplar Creek Music Theatre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois

Garcia Live Volume Sixteen

  • Release Date: June 25, 2021
  • Label: ATO JGFRR 1037
  • Format: 3-disc CD
  • Recorded: November 15, 1991, at Madison Square Garden in New York City

Garcia Live Volume Seventeen

  • Release Date: November 12, 2021
  • Label: ATO JGFRR 1038
  • Format: 3-disc CD
  • Recorded: November 7–13, 1976 at various venues

Garcia Live Volume Nineteen

  • Release Date: October 28, 2022
  • Label: ATO JGFRR 1043
  • Format: 2-disc CD
  • Recorded: October 31, 1992, at Oakland Coliseum Arena in Oakland, California

Garcia Live Volume Twenty

Disc 1

June 18, 1982 – Cape Cod Coliseum:
  1. “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” (Brian Holland, Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier) – 10:05
  2. “Valerie” (Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter) – 7:05
  3. “Dear Prudence” (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 13:56
  4. “Mississippi Moon” (Peter Rowan) – 9:58
  5. “Don’t Let Go” (Jesse Stone) – 19:03
  6. “Simple Twist of Fate” (Bob Dylan) – 12:19

Disc 2

June 18, 1982 – Cape Cod Coliseum, continued:
  1. “Run for the Roses” (Garcia, Hunter) – 6:47
  2. “They Love Each Other” (Garcia, Hunter) – 7:07
  3. “Sitting in Limbo” (Guilly Bright, Jimmy Cliff) – 12:56
  4. “After Midnight” (J. J. Cale) – 16:35
  5. “Deal” (Garcia, Hunter) – 8:23
  6. “Tangled Up in Blue” (Dylan) – 11:11

JERRY GARCIA ACOUSTIC BAND

Ragged but Right

Released October 26, 2010

Ragged but Right is an album that showcases the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band in a different light, with recordings selected from various live performances in 1987. Unlike Almost Acoustic, which had a more laid-back and traditional approach, Ragged but Right brings out more of the energy and dynamism that the band was capable of on stage.

The lineup remains consistent with the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band’s previous release, featuring Jerry Garcia on guitar and vocals, David Nelson on guitar and vocals, Sandy Rothman on mandolin, dobro, banjo, and vocals, John Kahn on acoustic bass, Kenny Kosek on fiddle, and David Kemper on snare drum. The tracks on this album were produced by Sandy Rothman, showcasing the band’s ability to take bluegrass and folk roots and give them a fresh, lively twist that resonated with the audiences of that era.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “I Ain’t Never” – 3:31
  2. “Drifting Too Far From The Shore” – 4:18
  3. “Ragged But Right” – 3:16
  4. “Short Life of Trouble” – 3:35
  5. “I’m Troubled” – 4:25
  6. “Oh Babe It Ain’t No Lie” – 5:40
  7. “The Girl at the Crossroads Bar” – 2:38
  8. “Bright Morning Stars” – 3:59
  9. “Land of the Navajo” – 6:30
  10. “Gone Home” – 3:51
  11. “Lonesome Fiddle Blues” – 2:40
  12. “Rosa Lee McFall” – 2:56
  13. “Drifting With The Tide” – 2:45
  14. “Goodnight Irene” – 8:04
  15. “I’m Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail” – 4:17
  16. “I’m Troubled” – 3:58
  17. “Oh, the Wind and Rain” – 4:19
  18. “The Girl at the Crossroads Bar” – 2:43
  19. “Diamond Joe” – 3:21
  20. “Ripple” – 4:10

Almost Acoustic

Released December 1988

Almost Acoustic is a live album by the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band. Recorded during the fall of 1987 at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco and the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, it captures the essence of the acoustic sets that Garcia would indulge in away from the Grateful Dead. The repertoire draws from folk and bluegrass traditions, delivered with the unique touch of Garcia’s guitar and his intimate vocal style.

The Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band for this recording included Jerry Garcia on guitar and vocals, David Nelson on guitar and vocals, Sandy Rothman on mandolin, dobro, banjo, and vocals, John Kahn on acoustic bass, Kenny Kosek on fiddle, and David Kemper on snare drum. This ensemble brought a warm, authentic acoustic texture that was somewhat different from Garcia’s electric ventures. The production was handled by Sandy Rothman, with recording supervised by John Cutler. The album did not chart but remains a cherished item among collectors and fans for its raw, authentic sound. It was recorded live in San Francisco and Los Angeles in 1987.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” – 3:29
  2. “Deep Elem Blues” – 6:09
  3. “Blue Yodel #9 (Standing on the Corner)” – 6:18
  4. “Spike Driver Blues” – 3:15
  5. “I’ve Been All Around This World” – 4:19
  6. “I’m Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail” – 4:21
  7. “I’m Troubled” – 4:03
  8. “Oh, the Wind and Rain” – 5:28
  9. “The Girl at the Crossroads Bar” – 2:38
  10. “Oh Babe, It Ain’t No Lie” – 5:55
  11. “Casey Jones” – 5:12
  12. “Diamond Joe” – 3:28
  13. “Gone Home” – 4:24
  14. “Ripple” – 4:10

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