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Jerry Garcia Band

It is amazing how many unique bands Jerry Garcia played with. Making it more incredible is that he had to fit them between a 30-year full time career with the Grateful Dead. We have listed most of his bands below breaking them down between the categories of acoustic or electric. 

New Garcia releases! 
Jerry Garcia Band -Garcia Live: Volume Five 12/31/75
10/14 release
w/ Nicky Hopkins

Jerry Garcia Band -Garcia Live: Volume Four 3/22/78 -
7/14 release
w/ Keith Godchaux

Fall 1989: The Long Island Sound
Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir & Rob Wasserman

From the JGB website ... Gotta Get Back Where You Belong. With those words, we are pleased to announce the re-launch of The new site went live on August 1st, 2012 in celebration of Garcia's 70th Birthday, and will serve as the hub of activity for a myriad of events and adventures beginning now.

Garcia Live

For our first order of business we'd like to introduce the Garcia Live series, a collection of Jerry Garcia's musical projects outside of the Grateful Dead. The first release from the series features a recording from the historic Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey on March 1, 1980. The band performed an early and a late show on this evening, as was common at the time. The shows were originally multi-tracked on a 24-track mobile rig for WNEW's broadcast of the early show. The new release of these shows will be mixed by John Cutler and mastered by Joe Gastwirt.

The band, which included Garcia on guitar and vocals, partner in crime John Kahn on bass, Ozzie Ahlers on Keys and Johnny de Foncesca on drums, was wrapping up a three-week East Coast run with the performances on this evening. Highlights including a take on the Jimmie Rodgers penned rave-up, "That's All Right," an early show encore of "Deal" and a rollicking version of "That's What Love Will Make You Do" show Jerry and the band loose and fluid at the end of the tour.

The Garcia Live Series is available for pre-order now at the recently launched Official Jerry Garcia Store. The release will be offered as a 3-CD set or as a digital download in MP3, FLAC, and 24-bit FLAC formats. In addition, bundle options include exclusive t-shirts and hand-screened, signed and numbered posters. While you are at the store be sure to check out our first line of men's and women's apparel and accessories. Believe us when we tell you there is much more in the works!

Keystone Companions: The Complete 1973 Fantasy Recordings
Release date Sept/ 25, 2012 - Reissue with additional 7 tracks. Live July 10 and 11, 1973

About the Pure Jerry archival series.

We have reviews of Jerry Garcia's solo band CD's broken down in the following sections.
Garcia Misc. Content
JG Electric Pt. 1
JG Electric Pt. 2
JG  Studio
JG  Acoustic
Garcia / Grisman 

Old and in the Way

Latest releases:
Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band
*Almost Acoustic Reissue
*Ragged But Right - 14 songs

Keystone Companions: The Complete 1973 Fantasy Recordings - July 10 and 11, 1973

Jerry Garcia Collection Vol. 2 : Jerry Garcia Band (Keystone Berkeley, November 17 & 18, 1975)  - Nov. Release Date - The first concert release with Nicky Hopkins in the band.

Hooteroll +2 - Reissue - Sept. 2010 with cool bonus material.

Well Matched:The Best of Merl Saunders & Jerry Garcia
Release Date - May 23, 2006 

Live at Shoreline (DVD) - The first JGB DVD 

The Very Best of Jerry Garcia The Best of Jerry Garcia -One studio disc with some outtakes, one side live.

Jerry Garcia: Garcia Plays Dylan
Both Jerry Garcia Band and the Grateful Dead performing Bob Dylan songs.

Jerry Garcia: The Collected Artwork 

Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics

Old and in the Way guitar tab

Studio albums
The individual remastered studio CD's from 2004's wonderful box-set are available individually. 
All Good Things | Garcia | Compliments | Reflections | Cats Under The Stars | Run for the Roses --- or Jerry Garcia box set  All Good Things  

Garcia Grisman
Been All Around This World.  

Miscellaneous content

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

Jerry Garcia band concert reviews from 1989

Jerry Garcia computer video - It's good; a studio version of "Deal" with some visuals. 

A brief Jerry Garcia bio is provided by DjangoMusic 

Check out the guitar tab book by Dix Bruce, featuring Jerry Garcia and David Grisman's first album transcribed. 

Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band (s)           Top of Page
Hart Valley Drifters A group from 1962 that included Jerry Garcia (banjo, guitar), David Nelson (guitar), Robert Hunter (bass), Norm van Mastricht (guitar, dobro). 
Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers An early Jerry Garcia bluegrass band from 1962. Some bootlegs tapes circulate. 
Wildwood Boys A bluegrass band formed in the fall of 1962 with Robert Hunter and others. Garcia played banjo. No commercial releases exist, though there are several unreleased recording that circulate among tape traders.
Black Mountain Boys A band that included Jerry Garcia (banjo, guitar), David Nelson (guitar), along with others like, Sandy Rothman, Robert Hunter, and Eric Thompson.
Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions The roots of the Grateful Dead are formed in this jug band featuring Ron "PigPen" McKernan and  Bob Weir.  Some of their material would make it into the Grateful Dead's repertoire.
New Riders of the Purple Sage The New Riders of the Purple Sage were founded by Jerry Garcia, David Nelson, and John Dawson (Marmaduke). Jerry's indulgence into pedal steel guitar. Please visit our New Riders section for this segment of Jerry career.

Don't miss our Buddy Cage interview.

Old and in the Way An all star line up of bluegrass musicians that performed mostly in the Bay Area in 1973. Several recordings exist of these performances. A brief bio is provided by Djangomusic.
Great American String Band A short lived bluegrass band from 1974 featuring David Grisman on mandolin. Garcia primarily played banjo. No official recordings, but some tapes circulate.  This band is similar in style to several David Grisman line-ups to follow.  
Garcia / Kahn Acoustic An acoustic line-up of Jerry Garcia and bassist John Kahn. An official release from the Pure Jerry series was released in March 2009, a concert from Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium - 2/28/86. In addition to 1986, Garcia and Kahn also had a number of shows in 1982, 1984, and 1985, as well as an occasional one here and there. 

There is a solo acoustic Jerry performance from 4/10/82. I read after those shows, early and late, Jerry called Kahn to perform with him. I happen to like the just Jerry recording. 

Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band Formed in 1987 this line up typically performed one set before Garcia's electric band. They played three major venues in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and the famous 18 shows on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater in New York. The Bay Area  was treated to a few small venues.
Jerry Garcia and David Grisman This collaboration has a diversity of styles. 

First, their self-titled album combines Garcia's Grateful Dead and Grisman Dawg music into "Grateful Dawg." That was followed by several other brilliant albums;
The Pizza Tapes, the jams, 
Shady Grove bluegrass and Amercian music,
So What the jazz release,
Not For Kids Only, a  children album,
the Grateful Dawg movie and soundtrack, a documentary. 

Jerry Garcia Electric Band (s)             Top of Page
Howard Wales and Jerry Garcia A collaboration mostly known for their Monday evening jams at the Matrix in 1970. A bio of Howard Wales is provided by  DjangoMusic.
Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia This is the first of several bands Garcia and Saunders played in together. A brief bio of Merl Saunders is provided by Djangomusic.
Legion of Mary A similar line to the first Garcia Band with the addition of a saxophone player. They took a jazzier approach. No commercial releases yet, but there is no shortage of tapes for the active taper. 
Reconstruction The jazziest sound of all the several Garcia Bands, featuring a trombone and saxophone. This was short lived outfit performing primarily in the Bay Area in 1979. Merl Saunders sang most of the songs.
Jerry Garcia Electric Band - piano In the mid to late 70's Garcia had several different line ups. It mostly featured Keith Godchaux, but it included a brief stint with Nicky Hopkins. I've got a 1976 studio rehearsal/jam session recording  with New Orleans influence pianist named James Booker.
Jerry Garcia Electric Band - organ The Jerry Garcia Electric with an organ emphasis, tested out several line-ups before settling with his core featuring Melvin Seals on keyboards, John Kahn on bass, David Kemper on drums and  Gloria Jones, and Jackie LaBranch on back up vocals.
Garcia Grisman tab

Jerry Garcia web sites


Jerry Garcia Web-sites

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Jerry Garcia web sites

Jerry Garcia The official site Jerry Garcia Band site.  
Garcia / Grisman Tab Original Guitar tab books of Jerry Garcia and David Grisman, as well as other related books.  The author's web-site is here Musix
Grateful Dead Their official site.
The Jerry Site An invaluable resource with set lists, photos, and related goodies.
Grateful Resources Here is a site that has a great photo page of Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead, and other musicians .
More Links Visit our list of Grateful Dead links
GD Live A place to download Jerry Garcia Band SHN files that includes Jerry Garcia and David Grisman, Legion of Mary, Jerry Garcia Electric, Reconstruction,  and more.  

Jerry Garcia Links
Jerry Garcia Links


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