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Published: 2011/06/14

David Grisman Finds Harmony With Jesse McReynolds

The Jesse McReynolds Garcia idolized

Longtime Jerry Garcia associate and bluegrass mandolin player David Grisman sat in with Grammy-nominated bluegrass icon Jesse McReynolds Saturday at Santa Rosa, CA’s Harmony Festival. Grisman joined McReynolds on mandolin for covers of “Deep Elem Blues,” “Black Muddy River” and “Alabama Getaway.” McReynolds also sat in with the David Nelson Band on Friday at the Harmony Festival during a tribute to Jerry Garcia and LSD guru Owsely Stanley. The jam also featured appearances by members of Railroad Earth and Zero. McReynolds—one of Garcia’s bluegrass heroes—has recently entered the Grateful Dead family through his new Garcia/Robert Hunter tribute album.

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treehouseforest June 14, 2011, 18:51:30

We just had our bluegrass Fiddler’s Convention here in Baltimore and I wish these guys could have played there to up the declining membership. Jesse McReynolds’ music has been something to love for a long time in this genre and I’m hoping not to lose it here at home.

Dallas112263 June 15, 2011, 15:49:07

Harmony Rocked on Friday! Moonalice! The David Nelson Band played two great concerts and the Tribute to Owsley and Garcia was fantastic! Barry Sless plays most expressive steel pedal I’ve ever heard, sorry Jerry… Drummer John Molo and legendary bassist Pete Sears run the best rhythm section in Rock ‘n Roll… The fantastic vocals, piano and accordion of Mookie Siegel are the glue that holds DNB together but the man that leads them needs no introduction, David Nelson is doing the most creative and musically brilliant work of an already stellar career. When you weave in the mandolin of Jesse McReynolds and the guitar and fiddle his group… Well, it can’t sound anymore American than that! Nelson and crew, and me too, went on up the road to Mendocino for a couple of days with the Boris Garcia Band… Navarro II was the best so far… It takes a Dedicated crew of maniacs… Thank you Dancing Dog Productions!
RG Johnson
Dallas112263

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