Jerry Garcia / David Grisman - Not for Kids Only

David Grisman & Jerry Garcia
Not for Kids Only

(Acoustic Disc)

First Appeared at The Music Box, June 2003, Volume 10, #6

Written by John Metzger


Despite his declining health, Jerry Garciaís final years were extremely busy ones. In addition to his regular touring schedule with the Grateful Dead as well as the Jerry Garcia Band, he managed to find time to reconnect with old pal David Grisman for a series of recording projects, jam sessions, and occasional concert performances. The second album spawned from this fruitful collaboration was the lighthearted Not for Kids Only. As the title suggests, one need not have children to enjoy this collection of traditional tunes and folk standards. Joined by notable session player Hal Blaine as well as several longtime associates of Grisman (including Joe Craven and Jim Kerwin), the duo tackle everything from Elizabeth Cottonís Freight Train to the bluegrass favorite Hot Corn, Cold Corn to a monumentally beautiful rendition of Shenandoah Lullaby. Even better, Garcia and Grisman get downright silly on songs like Arkansas Traveler, There Ainít No Bugs on Me, and Horse Named Bill. As a result, the album was a refreshing bright spot for Deadheads, and it still stands as a fun-filled ride for adults and children alike. starstarstarstarstar

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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!


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