Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band

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Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band
Origin San Francisco, California, USA
Genres Acoustic music
Years active 1987-88
Labels Grateful Dead Records
Associated acts Grateful Dead
Jerry Garcia Band
Past members Jerry Garcia
David Nelson
Sandy Rothman
John Kahn
Kenny Kosek
David Kemper

The Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band (JGAB) was a band formed by Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. They played a number of concerts in 1987 and 1988, and subsequently released two live albums.[1][2]

Band members[edit]


Garcia and Rothman had played together in The Black Mountain Boys, a bluegrass band.[3] The JGAB formed in 1987 and made their first public appearance at The Fillmore on March 17, 1987 at a benefit concert for Artist Rights Today.

The JGAB played the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre for a two-week Broadway run, then continued with appearances at The Warfield in San Francisco and the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. Other performances included the Electric on the Eel concert, the Creating a Better Future benefit in Marin County, California, as well as appearances at the Cotati Cabaret (an exclusive club in Sonoma County, California), and the Frost Amphitheater at Stanford University.


Selection of songs performed[edit]

  • Swing Low Sweet Chariot
  • Diamond Joe
  • I'm Here To Get My Babyy Out Of Jail
  • Deep Elem Blues
  • I'm Troubled
  • Oh, The Wind and Rain
  • Oh Babe, It Ain't No Lie
  • Ripple
  • I've Been All Around This World
  • The Girl At The Crossroads Bar
  • The Ballad of Casey Jones (A song written by Mississippi John Hurt, not to be confused with the Grateful Dead's own song "Casey Jones")
  • Gone Home
  • Blue Yodel
  • Spike Driver Blues
  • Trouble In Mind
  • I Ain't Never
  • Short Life Of Trouble
  • Ragged But Right
  • Drifting With The Tide
  • Rosa Lee McFall
  • Two Soldiers
  • If I Lose
  • Bright Morning Star
  • Goodnight Irene
  • (It's A Long, Long Way) To The Top Of The World
  • Drifting Too Far From The Shore
  • Turtle Dove


  1. ^ "Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band", Grateful Dead Family Discography. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  2. ^ Robbins, Brian (August 1, 2012). "Some Acoustic Jerry Memories with Sandy Rothman and David Nelson", Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  3. ^ Rothman, Sandy. "Jerry Garcia's Musical Roots: The Banjo Years", The Best Of Website. Retrieved May 16, 2015.