The confirmed lineup for Garcia Grisman Revisited was recently announced and we are extremely happy to share it with the masses. GGR will feature long-time SKULL & ROSES alum Stu Allen (Phil Lesh & Friends / Stu Allen & Mars Hotel) leading the charge, with mandolinist Ronnie McCoury (Del McCoury Band / Travelin’ McCoury’s), percussionist/multi-instrumentalist Joe Craven (David Grisman Quintet), and bassist Jim Kerwin (David Grisman Quintet).

The four musicians played together as the Garcia Grisman tribute for the first time back in May 2023 at DelFest at the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Maryland. We are extremely fortunate and excited to see them “revisit” the magical concoction once again at SKULL & ROSES on Sunday, April 21st for what is sure to be a walk down memory lane.

Stu Allen doesn’t feel like a stranger to us at this point, as the San Francisco-based guitarist has played the festival for several years with his own Stu Allen & Mars Hotel outfit and additional sit-ins across the board. This year, Stu goes for his own Triple Crown as he leads Mars Hotel on Friday, joining Cubensis for their set on Saturday, which all culminates with the Garcia Grisman Revisited set on Sunday.

Both Joe Craven and Jim Kerwin are renowned musicians in their own right, and no strangers to the material, as both played with Dawg for years. They also were in the studio playing and recording on the Jerry Garcia / David Grisman album that was released in 1991, as well as Not For Kids Only, Shady Grove, So What, and the Grateful Dawg soundtrack amongst others.

Ronnie McCoury, son of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, and also a legendary musician in his own right, has a special connection to Garcia and the Grateful Dead. Having a friendly and creative relationship with Grisman, Dawg helped facilitate a deal between McCoury and Garcia, with the latter purchasing a few old-time, open-back banjos from the former. Heading to a Dead show at the Capital Center outside of D.C. to hand over the banjos, Ronnie brought his father to the show (Del’s first Dead experience) and to see Jerry.

The two elder statesmen reminisced about their early meetings with Jerry seeing Del in Bill Monroe’s band in 1963, followed by them meeting while Garcia and Grisman were touring with Old & In The Way about a decade later. Garcia told Ronnie, “I want you to know that your dad was a big inspiration to me when I started out.”

If that doesn’t give you all the feels, then you might not be Dead enough.

(Hat tip to Casey Vock at Park Life DC for the Garcia/McCoury story):

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