Old & In the Gray

Old & In the Gray

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Old & In the Way were originally an early-‘70s bluegrass side project featuring Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead on banjo, along with fiddler Vassar Clements, mandolin player David Grisman, gutarist/vocalist Peter Rowan, and bassist John Khan. Although the now-departed Garcia and Kahn have been replaced, the retitled Old & In the Gray effectively pick up where the… See more details below

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Old & In the Way were originally an early-‘70s bluegrass side project featuring Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead on banjo, along with fiddler Vassar Clements, mandolin player David Grisman, gutarist/vocalist Peter Rowan, and bassist John Khan. Although the now-departed Garcia and Kahn have been replaced, the retitled Old & In the Gray effectively pick up where the original band ended. The acclaimed banjo player Herb Peterson and bassist Bryn Bright are the two new members, and their enthusiasm has obviously inspired the older bandmates. Employing a spirited mix of both classic and contemporary bluegrass tunes, and a just-right balance of instrumental virtuosity from Grisman, Clements, and Peterson with forthright singing from Rowan, Old & In the Gray comes off as an authentic delight. Interpreting material ranging from Bill Monroe, the Louvin Brothers, and A. P. Carter to Townes Van Zandt, Rowan, and the Rolling Stones (a deliriously upbeat “Honky Tonk Women”), the band revel in ensemble unity and good spirits. Jerry and John would approve.

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
This follow-up to earlier recordings by Old & In the Way reunites mandolinist David Grisman with guitarist Peter Rowan and fiddler Vassar Clements (with Herb Pedersen replacing the late Jerry Garcia on banjo and guitar and Bryn Bright playing bass in place of the late John Kahn); the new group was renamed Old & In the Gray. The music stretches boundaries as much as the earlier band, with a mix of vintage bluegrass and country classics such as Ira Louvin's "Childish Love" and Bill Monroe's "On the Old Kentucky Shore," along with more modern pieces like John Hartford's "Good Old Boys," Townes Van Zandt's "Pancho and Lefty," and Rowan's "Rainmaker." An unusually brisk rendition of the Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women" adds a degree of freshness to a now decades-old song, but the highlight of the session is easily the hilarious "Barefoot Nellie," though both have terrific solos. It's obvious that the musicians had a lot of fun trading vocals and instrumental licks as well as harmonizing throughout the date; the brilliant cover art by Ivan Artucovich (with terrific caricatures of the players) is a nice additional touch to a very rewarding CD.

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Release Date:
10/08/2002
Label:
Acoustic Disc
UPC:
0715949105128
catalogNumber:
51
Rank:
95009

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