Jerry once told me, ‘no matter where it comes from – you gotta make the music your own’. In fact, he and David both followed that tenant in more than one project together. As percussionist and fiddler for Garcia Grisman, I was privileged to experience that process first hand. On this recording, Joe Craven & The Sometimers also take that path with our own interpretation of music that Jerry recorded and performed. Whether his own compositions, with lyricist Robert Hunter, The Grateful Dead, or other projects and collaborations, the vast musical landscape of the vernacular was indeed attractive to Jerry.
I did not grow up a Deadhead, but my brief time with Jerry gave me an unexpected and unique understanding of the man and the music. His legacy continues to inspire and, like many, I’m more grateful than ever before.
Thank you Jerry
Thank you David
All engineering and mixing by David Jonathan of TakeFour Recording Studio. Joe Craven & The Sometimers are grateful beyond words for David’s knowledge, passion, and generosity in the making of this recording
Steve O’Neill of Foxtail Sound, David Grisman, Larry Graff, Matt Hartle, Rodger Sideman, and all our families and fans for their support.
Mastering by David Jonathan
Photography by Pamella Craven
CD artwork by Joe and Pamella Craven
Joe Craven – Mandolin, Fiddle, Bongos, Tension Drum, Bells, Shakers, Vocals
Jonathan Stoyanoff – Electric Basses, Vocals
Bruce MacMillan – Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Dobro, Vocals
Barry Eldridge – Drums, Cymbals, Bells & Blocks
Hattie Craven – Harmony Vocals