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About the video
David Grisman Bluegrass Experience performs "Shady Grove" at Greyfox.
David Grisman - mandolin, Chad Manning - fiddle, Sam Grisman - bass (David's
son), Keith Little - banjo, Jim Nunnely - guitar
About the artist:
Grisman grew up in Hackensack, New Jersey. He started his musical career in
1963 as a member of Even Dozen Jug Band. His nickname, "Dawg" was
affectionately assigned by his close friend Jerry Garcia in 1973 (the two met in
1964 at a Bill Monroe show at Sunset Park in West Grove, PA). "Dawg Music" is
what he calls his mixture of bluegrass and Django Reinhardt-Stéphane
Grappelli-influenced jazz, as highlighted on his 1977 album "Hot Dawg".
Stephane Grappelli played on a couple of tracks on the Hot Dawg album and
then the 1981 recording "Stephane Grappelli and David Grisman Live". It was
Grisman's combination of Reinhardt-era Jazz, bluegrass, folk, Old World
Mediterranean string band music, as well as modern Jazz fusion that came to
embody "Dawg" music.
Grisman's father had been a professional trombonist at one time and had young
David begin piano lessons at the age of seven. In the early 1950s, Grisman
heard the beginnings of rock 'n' roll and was influenced by pop music and
everything he heard. Following his father's death, when David was 10, he drifted
away from the piano. He took it up again when he was about 13 or 14, soon
discovering folk music through the Kingston Trio, a group that became popular
during the American folk music revival.
David and three friends from his school then met folklorist and musician Ralph
Rinzler in Passaic, New Jersey and became greatly influenced by Rinzler's vast
knowledge about traditional music. During this period, Greenwich Village in New
York City was already bustling with folk musicians, David realized what he wanted
to do with his life. In 1963, Grisman played in the Even Dozen Jug Band, who
recorded an album that year on Elektra Records.
Grisman did a Red Allen and Frank Wakefield session for Folkways Records in
1963 but didn't perform with Red Allen and the Kentuckians until 1966. Grisman
played mandocello on Tom Paxton's album "Morning Again" (Elektra, 1967).
In 1967, Grisman was in a psychedelic rock group called Earth Opera with Peter
Rowan. In 1973, Grisman joined Rowan, Vassar Clements, Jerry Garcia and
John Kahn to form the bluegrass group Old and in the Way. In 1974, Grisman,
Rowan, Greene, and Kahn joined Bill Keith, Clarence White, and John Guerin in
the group Muleskinner. In 1974, Grisman was also in The Great American Music
Band. Then in 1975, he started his own band: the David Grisman Quintet.
Grisman also played mandocello on Bonnie Raitt's album, Sweet Forgiveness
(1977). In 1977, the David Grisman Quintet released their first album.
In addition to performing with the DGQ (David Grisman Quintet), David Grisman
also performs with his bluegrass group, the DGBX (David Grisman Bluegrass
Experience). Other members of the DGBX are Keith Little on banjo, Chad
Manning on fiddle, Jim Nunally on guitar and Samson Grisman on upright bass.