Old & In the Way

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Old & In the Way
OriginSan Francisco, United States
Years active1973–1974
LabelsRound Records
Acoustic Disc
Acoustic Oasis
Past membersJerry Garcia
Peter Rowan
David Grisman
John Kahn
Richard Greene
Vassar Clements
John Hartford

Old & In the Way was a bluegrass group formed in 1973. It was composed of Peter Rowan (guitar, vocals), Vassar Clements (fiddle), Jerry Garcia (banjo, vocals), David Grisman (mandolin, vocals), and John Kahn (string bass). When the group was forming, it was intended that John Hartford would be the fiddle player. Based on Hartford's engagements, and Clements' reputational stature in the bluegrass community, Clements became the group's fiddler.

The group performed traditional tunes such as "Pig in a Pen" as well as bluegrass-flavored versions of the Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses" and Peter Rowan's "Panama Red".[1][2]

Old and in the Way's debut album Old & In the Way which was released in 1975 went on to become one of the best selling bluegrass albums of all time.[3][4] The group, without Jerry Garcia and John Kahn, released a reunion album in 2002, called Old & In the Gray.[5]

On July 31, 2015, Peter Rowan and David Grisman (the last two surviving members of Old and in the Way) performed a set with the String Cheese Incident, Chris Pandolfi (banjo) and Blaine Sprouse (fiddle) at the 20th annual Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, Connecticut. They performed many Old and in the Way songs in addition to other covers and original compositions.[6]


Old & In the Way[edit]

2002 reunion: Old & In the Gray[edit]


Year Recorded Year Released Album Chart Positions Label
US US Bluegrass US Country
1973 1975 Old & In the Way 99[citation needed] Grateful Dead
1973 1996 That High Lonesome Sound Acoustic Disc
1973 1997 Breakdown
2002 2002 Old & In the Gray 9[citation needed] 72[citation needed]
1973 2008 Live at the Boarding House 3[citation needed] Acoustic Oasis
1973 2013 Live at the Boarding House: The Complete Shows Acoustic Oasis


  1. ^ Old & In the Way at AllMusic Old & In the Way biography
  2. ^ "Grateful Dead Family Discography: Old & In The Way Discography". deaddisc.com. Retrieved 2016-06-15.
  3. ^ "Vassar Clements – Biography". vassarclements.com. Retrieved 2016-06-15.
  4. ^ "Grateful Dead Hour no. 301 | Grateful Dead". dead.net. Retrieved 2016-06-15.
  5. ^ "Answers - The Most Trusted Place for Answering Life's Questions". Answers.com.
  6. ^ "David Grisman and Peter Rowan Joined String Cheese At Vibes | L4LM". liveforlivemusic.com. Retrieved 2016-06-15.

External links[edit]

  • The Jerry Site for complete set lists of live Old & In the Way concerts.