There are enough Grateful Dead covers out there to last multiple lifetimes.
But young Dawg Sam Grisman shows off some new tricks with his Dead/Jerry Garcia-centric Temple Cabin Sessions Volume 1, an LP credited to Grisman’s eponymous project.
They involve planting the songs in bluegrass and watering them with drums, organ and electric guitar to bring some rock ‘n’ roll to the lawn party.
The son of David “Dawg” Grisman said the goal is to “showcase our genuine passion and appreciation for the legacy of ‘Dawg’ and Jerry’s music.”
As such, the early Grateful Dead cover “Stealin’” is done Dawg-style; “Friend of the Devil” splits the difference between the GD studio version and SGP’s vision; and “New Speedway Boogie” hews to the arrangement that appeared when the song returned to live-Dead setting in the wake of the first Gulf War.
The seven-track Temple Cabin Sessions Volume 1 also includes the Project’s versions of “Mission in the Rain,” “Catfish John,” “Peggy-O” and “Shady Grove.” The title suggests a sequel is in the offing; the music makes that thought welcome despite the abundance of Grateful Dead covers out there.
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