Good Old Boys - Live (2CD)


Legendary live bluegrass super group performance featuring Jerry Garcia

Some of the greatest musical moments happen only once, in a live setting, and if you're not there to experience them at the time, they're lost to history. But every now and then, a buried treasure is discovered that brings a lost moment back to life and thrills music fans. Such is the case with this recently unearthed live recording of the all-star bluegrass band the Good Old Boys playing at Margarita's Cantina, a Santa Cruz club, in February of 1975. Most Jerry Garcia fans know of his early interest in bluegrass music, which was an essential part of Garcia's development as an instrumentalist and songwriter, but many Garcia fans are unaware that in 1975, during a Grateful Dead's hiatus, Jerry produced a seminal album for another bluegrass group called the Good Old Boys, featuring guitarist David Nelson from the New Riders of the Purple Sage, and Frank Wakefield, one of the greatest mandolin players in the genre. The Good Old Boys made one album for Round Records, recorded up at Mickey Hart's Ranch. Shortly after completing the Good Old Boys album, the group decided to do a series of live shows, but during that time period, two of the key players from the original studio lineup were unavailable to go on the road. In a conversation with bassist Pat Campbell, Garcia mentioned that he would love to sit in on banjo, and with Jerry's participation, and the addition of fiddle player extraordinaire Brantley Kearns, a new version of the Good Old Boys emerged, ready to hit the club circuit. On February 20th and 21st in 1975, the Good Old Boys played for two nights at Margarita's Cantina. The performances were well received, with outstanding singing, blistering mandolin and violin solos, and a crowd pleasing vibe that's apparent from the moment the band takes the stage. Here, for the first time, thanks to a full restoration of these 2-track tapes, fans can finally hear this music in all its glory.

Track Listing

Disc 1:

Ashes of Love
Deep Elem Blues
Dim Lights, Thick Smoke
Toy Heart
Fireball Mail (Jerry Garcia on banjo)
I'll Never Make You Blue
All the Good Times (Jerry Garcia vocals)
She's No Angel
Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail
Wildwood Flower
Teardrops In My Eyes
Disc 2:

Lonesome Road Blues
Long Gone
Leave Well Enough Alone
White House Blues
T For Texas
Jesus Loves His Mandolin Player
First Whippoorwill
New Camptown Races
Pistol Packing Mama
Jerusalem Moan
Drink Up & Go Home (Jerry Garcia lead vocals)
Orange Blossom Special

Recorded by John Cutler on Owsley "Bear" Stanley's Nagra 2 Track Recorder
This is a true bluegrass super-group, even if Garcia were not a member
David Nelson was guitarist for New Riders of the Purple Sage; Frank Wakefield is a legendary mandolin player and....
fiddle player Brantley Kearns (who played with Dwight Yoakum); Pat Campbell (who played bass with everyone from Mike Bloomfield to Bernie Leadon
These tapes were thought to be lost forever and were recently restored

Release date 12.07.2018