Rock Docs returns with a look at a part of a rock legend’s career that didn’t receive nearly as much attention as his main gig. Grateful Dawg, released in 2000 and directed by Gillian Grisman, examines the friendship and musical partnership between The Grateful Dead‘s guitarist and vocalist Jerry Garcia and mandolinist David Grisman. The two musicians began playing music together back in the ’60s in the early days of The Dead, both members of the bluegrass band Old and In the Way. And after that band came to an end, the two artists lost touch, only to reconnect in the 1980s.
The documentary mostly focuses on the period after they reunited, during which they picked up where they left off, playing music together, spending time with Grisman’s family and offering Garcia some breathing room away from the spotlight of leading one of the most legendary bands in the world. Several musical performances are presented in full along with their 1991 video for “The Thrill Is Gone” (see below), as well as footage of Jerry Garcia outside the context of The Grateful Dead.
This week’s guest is Brian Weinstein, of the Attendance Bias podcast, which features meaningful stories from Phish fans about specific shows they’ve attended.
Hear the new episode below, and watch the video for “The Thrill is Gone.”