JGB – really Jerry – was all about spontaneity and absence of centralized control when he easily could have insisted on another way. Perhaps that is what made him so compelling. The risks he took and the depth of his sincerity were clear to anyone who listened carefully. This version of “Mission” exemplifies Jerry as a gifted songwriter, vocalist and improvisational guitarist.
In honor of Jerry Garcia, in what would have been his 76th spin around the sun this year, here’s a sprinkling of some of his fine acoustic-oriented moments on this last day of Jerry Week, 2018.
It’s not difficult to enjoy a beautiful summer night at Red Rocks — and when you add Warren Haynes playing Jerry Garcia’s old “Tiger” guitar (making its first public appearance since Garcia last performed on it with the Grateful Dead in July of 1995); The Colorado Symphony Orchestra; Jerry Garcia Band keyboardist Melvin Seals; and several other talented collaborators, you’ve got the makings of a very special evening under the stars.
Jerry on Jerry is a collection of previously unpublished interviews, artwork, hand-written notes and rare photos that help to illuminate the man behind the myth. The book begins with a short but sweet foreword by Garcia’s daughter Trixie, whose mother, Carolyn “Mountain Girl” Garcia, is also featured in some of the discussions.