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Thread #64577   Message #1057464
Posted By: michaelr
19-Nov-03 - 11:36 PM
Thread Name: Origins: grateful dead and folk
Subject: RE: Origins: grateful dead and folk
The Dead, and particularly Jerry Garcia, get little credit from the uninitiated for the depth of their folk roots. But it's a fact that Jerry started as a banjo player (which he was very good at, and the bluegrass fingerpicking technique carried over into his unique electric guitar style to a great extent) and the Dead began as a jug band (Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions).

Jerry always had a great love for traditional ballads and recorded quite a few on his duo CDs with David Grisman, as well as keeping some in the Dead's huge, revolving repertoire for 30 years.

I miss ol' Jer...