Not for Kids Only

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The second full-length collaborative effort between Jerry Garcia guitar/vocals and David Grisman mandolin, mando-cello, tenor banjo, vocals is arguably their most endearing as well. Just as its title suggests, Not for Kids Only 1993 is an album of folkie standards and traditional tunes that is -- as Grisman so eloquently depicts in his liner notes -- "our answer to 'Barney.'" The material chosen is comprised of songs they had undoubtedly encountered at one time or another during their respective careers, both of which were deeply rooted in the New Lost City Ramblers style of bluegrass, folk, and blues. The obvious kinship between the musicians radiates throughout every ...
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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The second full-length collaborative effort between Jerry Garcia guitar/vocals and David Grisman mandolin, mando-cello, tenor banjo, vocals is arguably their most endearing as well. Just as its title suggests, Not for Kids Only 1993 is an album of folkie standards and traditional tunes that is -- as Grisman so eloquently depicts in his liner notes -- "our answer to 'Barney.'" The material chosen is comprised of songs they had undoubtedly encountered at one time or another during their respective careers, both of which were deeply rooted in the New Lost City Ramblers style of bluegrass, folk, and blues. The obvious kinship between the musicians radiates throughout every track as their moods alternate between light and silly "There Ain't No Bugs on Me" to the darker-edged "When First Unto This Country." The latter is a languid ballad highlighted by what is arguably Garcia's most emotive vocal in years. The same can be said of his acoustic guitar work throughout the project, which hearkens back nearly a decade-and-a-half to the Grateful Dead's 15th Anniversary "unplugged" shows in October of 1980. While Garcia and Grisman are undoubtedly the leads, they are sufficiently backed by various Grisman associates such as Joe Craven percussion/fiddle, Matt Eakle piccolo, Jim Kerwin bass, and Jody Stecher fiddle. One notable addition to the proceedings is percussionist extraordinaire Hal Blaine, who accompanies the duo in a variety of settings performing on everything from tambourine to Jew's harp. As subtlety is one of Blaine's fortes, his contributions are effortlessly integrated; especially on the cover of Elizabeth Cotten's folk standard "Freight Train" which also features Craven's trademark vocal read: orally derived percussion inflections. He provides a steady, chuggin' rhythm bed simulating the sound of a steam locomotive. One of the most endearing cuts is the comedic dialogue between Garcia and Grisman on "Arkansas Traveller." There is a palpable affection between the two as they quip and joke their way through this piece of affable homespun Americana. The entire disc could likewise be categorized in a similar manner, as it brings to life one of the truly original facets of the United States rich musical heritage.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/20/1993
  • Label: Acoustic Disc
  • UPC: 715949100925
  • Catalog Number: 9
  • Sales rank: 1,329

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerry Garcia Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Peter Welker Trumpet
Daniel Kobialka Violin
Hal Blaine Percussion, Tambourine
Joe Craven Fiddle, Percussion, Foot Stomping
Matt Eakle Piccolo, Penny Whistle
David Grisman Mandolin, Vocals, Track Performer, Mandocello, Tenor Banjo
Larry Hanks Jew's Harp
Heather Katz Violin
Jim Miller Slap Bass
Rick Montgomery Rhythm Guitar
Kevin Porter Trombone
John Rosenberg Piano
Jim Rothermel Clarinet
Nanci Severance Viola
Jody Stecher Fiddle, Tenor (Vocal), Vocal Harmony
Jim Kerwin Bass
Pamela Lanford English Horn, Oboe
Larry Granger Cello
William Scarlett Harmonica
Technical Credits
Elizabeth Cotten Composer
Jerry Garcia Arranger, Artwork
Joe Craven Contributor
David Dennison Engineer
David Grisman Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements
Jim Miller Contributor
Mayne Smith Liner Notes
Paul Stubblebine Mastering
M. Christian Composer
Mike Moser Art Direction
Traditional Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    not for children only

    Best children's CD ever, not just for DeadHead babies.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Garcia Fan Fun

    When I was in college during the 90's, I came across the "Not for Kids Only" cd through my Grateful Dead Fan son. As his daughters 1 st birthday approached he ask me to bless her with music. This seemed to be the perfect choice for him, the baby, and his wife. For all those Jerry Garcia Fans out there with kids, I would highly recommend this for its amazing silly songs such as "There Ain't No Bugs on Me" and "The Teddy Bear's Picnic."

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    Posted January 25, 2010

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