LOL....Man I know how you feel! I never thought about mentioning it here. What a GREAT topic!
That is soooooooooo true for me too. People have been telling me that for years! "No matter what you play, it sounds like Garcia" or "you sound like Garcia doing a cover”. Of course there is always the one who says "well kinda like Garcia just not as good".
I say "so what, good, thank you for the compliment, that's how I play”!
I acquired Jerry's style 30 to 35 yrs ago. Like you said, it's in me and part of me. There are other influences as well but they don't show through as much. I talk about this a lot with the musicians I jam with. Most of which are not Dead heads like me, although I constantly try to convert them.
It has actually (over the years) caused some not to want to jam with me lol, but that never bothered me because I figure if they don’t like my Jerry style, I don’t want to waste a lot of time with them either!
The guys I jam with now are very accepting, thank goodness!
The other thing about it is when I do solo acoustic; I also work a little Phil into my playing too, because I’m subconsciously trying to do the whole band myself.
Once you have many years of emulating a style, it does become part of you and you’re playing!
Glad I’m not the only one! Had a feeling I wasn't!