The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience
“The Paganini of the Mandolin.”
— The New York Times
For half a century, mandolinist, composer, bandleader and producer David Grisman has been a guiding force in the evolving world of acoustic music. A major innovator, Grisman skillfully combined elements of jazz and bluegrass with many international flavors to create his own distinctive idiom — Dawg music. David’s close friend and frequent collaborator, Jerry Garcia, gave him the nickname Dawg. While creating a distinctive niche in contemporary music, Dawg inspired two generations of acoustic string musicians.
Before founding Old and in the Way, in 1973, with Jerry Garcia, Peter Rowan and Vassar Clements, Grisman served in the ranks of Red Allen & the Kentuckians, and the super group, Muleskinner, with Clarence White, Richard Greene and Bill Keith. But it was his David Grisman Quintet —spawning pivotal career developments for key figures such as Tony Rice, Darol Anger, Todd Phillips and Mark O’Connor —that would go on to achieve fame as a world renowned act.
Why You Been Gone So Long:
Grisman has revisited his roots with the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience. This traditional quintet features Keith Little on 5-string banjo and vocals, Jim Nunally on guitar and vocals, Chad Manning on fiddle, Samson Grisman on bass, and David on mandolin and vocals. Their newest recording, Muddy Roads, is on Acoustic Disc Records.
Old and In The Way: