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Wavy’s haiku for “…Hand-Me-Down”

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

It’s a Hand-Me-Down
Lifts you up up and away
Into the awesome

– Wavy Gravy

Ordering info for THIS IS ALL A DREAM and two new CDs

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Here’s how to order the book THIS IS ALL A DREAM WE DREAMED and the CDs YOU ARE HERE and IT’S A HAND-ME-DOWN as a package and save a few bucks.

This is for US addresses only! For international orders, contact me and we’ll find out how much to add for shipping.

(Track lists and more info on the two CDs here)




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NYSMusic reviews “It’s a Hand-Me-Down”

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Review by Neil Benjamin, Jr.

“…Gans strips down some of the Dead’s most cherished songs and serves them up the way he sees them. For a guy with a Ph.D in the Grateful Dead, he’s as qualified as anyone to give an inside perspective at what the Dead’s music means to him.

“The soft and serene tracks are perfect background music for a dinner party or solo reading time. Gans’ voice is unique, but similar enough to Garcia’s that you feel that comfortable peace that came with every word the man sang.”

Gans gig update

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

GIG UPDATE. Details and links at dgans.com

Thursday, February 4, 8pm: The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N. Lake, Altadena CA. Mr Smolin opens, and we’ll be joined by Craig Marshall of Cubensis. Reservations: (626) 798-6236

Friday, February 5, 8pm: Orpheum Theater, 15 W Aspen Street, Flagstaff AZ. DG plays first, and then Keystone plays into the night. $10.

Saturday, February 6, 6pm: House concert in Cornville, Arizona. Sold out!

Sunday, February 7, 6pm: Silver Stallion Coffee and Bread, 213b W Coal Ave, Gallup NM.

Wednesday, February 10, 7pm: The Cell, 2029 La Veta Dr NE, Albuquerque NM. Fundraiser for the New Mexico Academy of Rock & Blues, a bi-lingual music education program for kids aged 7-17

Saturday, February 13, 8pm-midnight: Top Dead Center with DG at the Boondocks Lounge, 3306 N First Ave, Tucson AZ

Sunday, February 14, 7-9:30pm: Riot in Old Town, 777 N Main Street, Cottonwood AZ. No cover charge!

Saturday, February 20, 9am-1am Pacific Time: the annual KPFA Grateful Dead fund-raising marathon!

Sunday, February 21, 7pm: The Kind Buds and DG at the Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley CA. $1/ticket goes to Bernie Sanders!

Tuesday, February 23, 8pm: DG sits in for a few songs with The Kind Buds at Sweetwater Music Hall. 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley CA

March 3-13: Midwest tour. Book signings also part of these gigs.
Thursday, March 3, 9pm: Mackey’s Hideout, 2601 S River Road, McHenry IL

Friday, March 4, 9pm: The Harmony Bar, 2201 Atwood Ave., Madison WI
Saturday, March 5, 8pm: DG and Sunshine Daydream at The High Note, 4311/2 Court Street, Pekin IL
Sunday, March 6: 2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center, 2720 Cherokee, St Louis MO
Tuesday, March 8, 10pm: “Trashgrass Tuesday” at Stanley’s Pub, Cincinnati. DG w/ members of the Rumpke Mountain Boys
Wednesday, March 9, 7pm: Woodlands Tavern, 1200 W 3rd Avenue, Columbus OH
Thursday, March 10, 8:30pm: Square Roots Records, 105 S Market Street, Troy OH. With Great Northern String Band
Friday, March 11: Hyryder and DG at the Mousetrap, 5565 N Keystone Ave, Indianapolis
Saturday, March 12, 7:30pm: The Tonic Room, 2447 N Halsted St., Chicago
Sunday, March 13: George’s Tavern, 1201 N Main Street, Racine WI

Wednesday, April 20: Eugene OR! Details TBA

Friday, April 29: North Carolina! Details TBA

Wednesday, May 4: Garcia’s at the Capitol, Port Chester NY
Wednesday, May 11: Garcia’s at the Capitol, Port Chester NY

Friday, May 13: Alchemy Rising Festival, Pataskala OH

Wednesday, July 27, 7:30pm: Little Brown Church, Round Pond ME. $12

Saturday, July 30: Neverdun Farm, Kennebunkport ME. Potluck and concert.

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My performance schedule is posted at http://www.dgans.com/gigs.html – 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! 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 at http://www.dgans.com/discography

Great thanks to Jim Dunlop for providing me with first-rate strings for all my guitars! http://www.jimdunlop.com/

Thanks also to Rick Turner for creating the amazing guitar I play on tour, the Renaissance RS-6. http://www.renaissanceguitars.com

interesting review of “It’s a Hand-Me-Down”

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Dan Fugate posted an interesting review of It’s a Hand-Me-Down. A couple of excerpts:

“This is for the word nerds, people who appreciate the way syllables lean against one another and the way a story is told. Words that connect with us to tell a story, but also to pull us from ourselves long enough to realize the words are about us.”

and

“These stories have been told and retold in nearly every way imaginable. Through Lonesome Prison Blues, I turned my father on to the Dead. It’s A Hand-Me-Down might be the bridge to the Dead for you or someone you know. Next time you’re hanging out with your music snob, grammar nazi friend (you know you’ve got one) throw on this CD and see if it changes their perspective just a little bit.”

RIP Paul Kantner

Friday, January 29th, 2016

In 2005, I recruited Steve Silberman to interview Paul Kantner for my radio show. Here’s the audio.

Order the book and 2 CDs

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

Here’s how to order the book THIS IS ALL A DREAM WE DREAMED and the CDs YOU ARE HERE and IT’S A HAND-ME-DOWN as a package and save a few bucks.

This is for US addresses only! For international orders, contact me and we’ll find out how much to add for shipping.

(Track lists and more info on the two CDs here)




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Ordering the book and CD

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

Posting to keep this vital info at the top of the page!

This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead by Blair Jackson and David Gans was published on November 10. You can order an autographed (by both authors) copy direct from us: click here!

And my new album of Grateful Dead songs, It’s a Hand-Me-Down, is now available! Here’s a link to various online and CD options.

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Triple book review

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Deadspin looks at Bill Kreutzmann’s Deal, David Browne’s So Many Roads, and our This Is All a Dream We Dreamed

The Grateful Dead Literary-Industrial Complex Is A Long, Strange Trip All Its Own

DG-BJ interview on KPFA

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

David and Blair, interviewed by Richard Wolinsky on KPFA‘s Bookwaves. Originally broacast 1/14/16. Click here for the extended podcast version.

Book, CD, and gig update

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

November 10 was the publication date for THIS IS ALL A DREAM WE DREAMED: AN ORAL HISTORY OF THE GRATEFUL DEAD by Blair Jackson and David Gans. You can order a signed (by both authors) copy direct from me

And I have TWO new records! Many of you contributed to the Kickstarter campaign for my new album of Grateful Dead songs, IT’S A HAND-ME-DOWN, and I am profoundly thankful for your support. Here’s a link to various download and CD options.

I have also, with a good deal less fanfare, released a new CD of original material titled YOU ARE HERE. It’s a collection of studio recordings made at various times and with various personnel over the last few years. Mark Karan, Robin Sylvester, Mookie Siegel, Jacob Groopman, J Raoul Brody, and many other fine players are featured. Here’s a link to order this one.

And here’s a link for ordering both at once.

You’ll find more info on both records at dgans.com/discography.

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Now on to the gigs. I have signed up with a booking agency, Hoplite Music. Were just getting started, and I will have lots more gigs to announce in a couple of weeks. More info, links, etc at dgans.com/gigs.html

First up is my annual socal/southwest tour. All these shows include book signings.

Thursday, February 4, 8pm: The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N. Lake, Altadena CA. Mr Smolin opens, and we’ll be joined by Craig Marshall of Cubensis. $15. Reservations: (626) 798-6236

Friday, February 5, 8pm: Orpheum Theater, 15 W Aspen Street, Flagstaff AZ. DG plays first, and then Keystone plays into the night. $10.

Saturday, February 6, 6pm: House concert in Cornville, Arizona. Potluck at 6, music at 7. $10-20 sliding scale. Email me for info/reservations.

Tuesday, February 9: Benefit for Peace Talks Radio, Albuquerque NM

Wednesday, February 10: The Cell, 2029 La Veta Dr NE, Albuquerque NM

Saturday, February 13, 8pm-midnight: Top Dead Center with DG at the Boondocks Lounge, 3306 N First Ave, Tucson AZ. $8

Sunday, February 14, 7-9:30pm: Riot in Old Town, 777 N Main Street, Cottonwood AZ. No cover charge!

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Saturday, February 20, 9am-1am Pacific Time: the annual KPFA Grateful Dead fund-raising marathon!

Sunday, February 21, 7pm: The Kind Buds and DG at the Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley CA. $1/ticket goes to Bernie Sanders!

Tuesday, February 23, 8pm: DG sits in with The Kind Buds for a few at Sweetwater Music Hall. 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley CA

March 3-13: Midwest tour. Details TBA

Wednesday, April 20: Eugene OR! Details TBA

Friday, April 29: North Carolina! Details TBA

Wednesday, July 27: Round Pond ME. Details TBA

Saturday, July 30: Neverdun Farm, Kennebunkport ME. Details TBA

My performance schedule is posted at http://www.dgans.com/gigs.html – 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!

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 at dgans.com/discography

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.

Barry Barnes review

Friday, January 8th, 2016

This review was posted as a comment by Barry Barnes, author of Everything I Know About Business I Learned from the Grateful Dead. I thought it deserved a post of its own!

I’ve been following David’s musical development for the past 18 years, and I’ve seen him at least once every year as well as listening to his CDs. But I wasn’t prepared for his latest CD release: It’s a Hand Me Down. To me, he’s reached a new level as a musician and vocalist, and he demonstrates both in this solo album.

David’s guitar playing is at its finest on this album. It’s primarily acoustic but he sometimes uses multiple guitar tracks as well as looping, which has been a key feature of his live performances for several years, and he plugs in on a few tracks.

What surprised me most are his vocals. They seem to be even richer and deeper than in his earlier work. And I don’t recall much vibrato, which he now does beautifully here. Best of all for me, however, are songs like “Attics of My Life” and “Brokedown Palace” where he sings in almost a falsetto voice that is delicate, gently measured and spot on. No one could deliver them any better than he does here.

This CD is billed as an album of Grateful Dead covers, which it is, but it’s much more than that to me. In his liner note commentary, he says that after so many years of playing guitar, singing and writing songs, and being immersed in the Grateful Dead scene in many ways, these songs are delivered in his own voice. And they are. The songs do become his. They move way past being simply cover songs. It’s a joy for me to listen to this CD. It’s the most enjoyable recording of Grateful Dead “cover” music I’ve heard. In fact, the entire CD is my favorite of 2015.

Give it a listen!

(Ordering info here.)

Buy “You Are Here”

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016




An album of original material. Featuring Mark Karan, Robin Sylvester, Mookie Siegel, Jacob Groopman, J Raoul Brody, Leif Karlstrom, et al.

Blue Roses, Desert of Love, Plum Wine/Plum Jam, Therapy Blues, These Apartments, Shut Up and Listen*, Honeydew, Ran Into God

* lyrics by Robert Hunter!

Also available on Festivalink and iTunes
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Buy both CDs

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

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Here’s a link to order the two new CDs together:





More info, track lists, etc. here.

“It’s a Hand-Me-Down” in high-res

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

My new album of Grateful Dead songs, It’s a Hand-Me-Down, is now available in 96-24 from HDTracks!

And here’s a link to all the ways to get the album.