Gans gig update + new song, new book!

HAPPY SUMMER, everybody!!

I am about to leave for a tour that will make me to Kentucky, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois. All that and more below, but I have two other items to address first.

NEW SONG: The world lost an amazing human being when Earl Crabb passed away a few weeks ago. There was a tribute at the Freight and Salvage on May 31 that I had to miss because of a previously-scheduled vacation. Earl was very much on my mind on the morning of June 1; I was snorkeling when this song started coming, so I gout of the water and went to work. And when I got home, I went to Megasonic in Piedmont and recorded “Be Like Earl.” I hope you like it! (listen here)

NEW BOOK: Blair Jackson and I have finished our book and now we’re gearing up for the big publicity push when it’s published on November 10. It’s called This Is All a Dream We Dreamed An Oral History of the Grateful Dead, and it’s being published by Flatiron Books. You can see the cover and read three great blurbs here, and/or you can go direct to the Amazon pre-order link.


Here is the current schedule. More info here; more gigs will be posted there as they are confirmed.

Friday and Saturday, June 26-27: Terrapin Hill Family Reunion, Harrodsburg KY

Saturday, June 27: Cincy Folk Festival, Newport KY. Benefit for WNKU (Grateful Dead Hour affiliate)

Sunday, June 28, 6pm: The Vault @ 1001 Food & Drink, 1001 Broad Ripple Ave., Indianapolis. All Good Things (members of Hyryder), DG, and Howard. Free show! Followed by a viewing of the Fare Thee Well show!

Tuesday, June 30, 6:30pm: Bunker Mill Bridge, 1298 Poplar Blvd, Kalona IA. Benefit for bridge restoration and preservation. $10 suggested donation. More info:

Wednesday, July 1, 8pm: George’s Tavern, 1201 N. Main Street, Racine WI. $5 advance, $7 at the door.

Thursday, July 2: Private event

Friday, July 3, noon-1pm: Stage 37, 108 N State St, Chicago

Friday, July 3, 11:30pm: Grateful Ball (Dead50 after party) at the Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 S Michigan Ave, Chicago IL. DG, Old Shoe, Way Down Wanderers

Saturday, July 4, 2pm: “Putting the Band Back Together – Dead Style” with Uncle John’s Band at the Field Museum, 1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. DG will play between sets and sit in with UJB

Thursday, July 30: The Sticky Greens w/ DG at Strange Brew Pub, Norwich CT
August 1-3: Gathering of the Vibes, Bridgeport CT
August 6-10: A Bear’s Picnic, Roaring Branch PA

Saturday, October 10, 8:00pm: The Focal Point, 2720 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, MO (St Louis)
October 16-18: Phases of the Moon Festival, Ozark AR


My performance schedule is posted at – new gigs are being added all the time.

As always, I’m in the market for house concert opportunities. If you see an open spot on my schedule in your general vicinity, let’s try to make something happen! Read about house concerts here.

And remember: word of mouth is a gigantic part of musicians’ promotion and publicity these days, so if you like my music, please spread the word about my gigs and recordings.

My recordings are available here.

Great thanks to Jim Dunlop for providing me with first-rate strings for all my guitars!

Thanks also to Rick Turner for creating the amazing guitar I play on tour, the Renaissance RS-6.

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