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 #2166  by Shaggy
 Sat Oct 29, 2005 10:56 am
What does everyone think of Jerry's acoustic playing? Certainly those last years with Grisman produced some great music.

I really like the subtle touch he had and the way he would solo.
 #2383  by settledowneasy91
 Fri Dec 09, 2005 9:52 pm
anybody own the acoustic jerry album "lonesome prison blues"? Its damned good and from what I know I think its from one of the reconstruction tours with just jerry and john kahn in the early eighties. It'll probably be a bitch finding it so if you see it, get it

 #2397  by Shaggy
 Sat Dec 10, 2005 1:00 pm
Yes, I agree. I have a tape of that somewhere, poor quality now but brilliant gig.

 #2411  by eyeprod
 Mon Dec 12, 2005 11:24 am
i love the 85 tour with john kahn. ruben, run for the roses, lots of good playing

 #2412  by ebick
 Mon Dec 12, 2005 11:48 am
That lonesome prison blues, is that the Oregon State Prison gig?

 #2416  by Shaggy
 Mon Dec 12, 2005 1:20 pm
Yes, I think it is.

I'm sure it's the gig when someone from the crowd can be heard requesting "Eye of the Tiger" :o Jerry laughs it off...

 #2420  by ebick
 Mon Dec 12, 2005 2:28 pm
If this is the one you are talking about:

05/05/82 (Wed) Oregon State Prison - Salem, OR

Set 1: Deep Elem Blues, Friend Of The Devil, Jack a Roe, Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie, It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry, Run For The Roses, Ripple, Been All Around This World, Valerie, Dire Wolf, E: Rubin And Cherise

I have a pristine recording of that.

 #2496  by Shaggy
 Sat Dec 17, 2005 11:38 am
Yes, I think thats the one. Unless settledowneasy is talking about another gig.
 #2498  by mike098765
 Sat Dec 17, 2005 5:45 pm
what a great tape, one of my favorite JG+JK,

you can download the entire show at and look in the Jerry SHN folder.

 #2505  by whitelacestrange
 Sat Dec 17, 2005 9:18 pm
the pizza tapes were incredable, three musical giants, garcia, grisman, and rice all jammin on full gear, jerry did some great acousitc, although i still prefer his electric, jerry certainly is a great guitarist on any level. jerry was also the best banjo player i've ever heard,(though i havnt heard much) but still, i can't imagine much better banjo playing than what he did on the "old and in the way" albums.

 #2516  by strumminsix
 Sun Dec 18, 2005 5:19 pm
I think Santa, I mean Jerry, really stood out on electric and acoustic because of his acoustic background.

In a few articles he talks about not doing alot of hammer and pull-offs but instead playing each note like he means it. Well, that right there is where too many guitarists lose it on acoustic - but not Jerry.

 #2608  by Isaacsmonkeywrench
 Sat Dec 24, 2005 9:10 pm
I saw a video of him with David Grisman called just "Grateful Dawg" at Blockbuster of all places. Anyone seen it? Is it any good?

 #2616  by Shaggy
 Sun Dec 25, 2005 12:55 pm
Yes, it is brilliant. Well worth buying and features some great footage and interviews. It's quite sad too.

I always tell people about Midnight Getaway off Run For The Roses or play to them and then ask - "who else could play like that on an acoustic guitar?"

I also think that in many respects he out-performs Rice on the Pizza Tapes, though clearly Rice was kicking back and enjoying the ride. Rice is clearly more of the speed demon, tone perfect technical master of flatpicking acoustic guitar. But I think Jerry was alot more melodic as a player, his fills were on the button every time, his solo's had more depth and feel.
 #2713  by settledowneasy91
 Sun Jan 01, 2006 11:41 am
Thats the show ebick, probably my favorite version of run for the roses and friend of the devil. Another great acoustic album is the "wooden set" Its a dead album and it comes from 1970. I can't remember the date but its excellent and the live friend of the devil from the golden road appears on it.