Posts Tagged ‘its-a-hand-me-down’

Kind words for “Hand-Me-Down”

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

Last week I jammed with Mokie in Salt Lake City. Their drummer is Dave Brogan, who also plays with ALO – a band I admire greatly. We had a great time! I gave Dave a copy of It’s a Hand-Me-Down, and this afternoon he sent me these kind words:

“I’m listening to your acoustic dead album right now, and it is great! The clarity of presentation really allows me to dig into the lyrics, and the emotional content is super strong too. Perfect balance. Great work.”

KLCC (Eugene) interview 4/20

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

I was interviewed by Eric Alan on KLCC Eugene OR last Wednesday, promoting that night’s gig with the Garcia Birthday Band and the Merry Pranksters at the WoW Hall.

The interview includes a live performance of “Down to Eugene” Listen here.

DG interview on Chico Currents

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Interview with my old pal Alan Chamberlain on his podcast Chico Currents

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.”

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.”

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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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.)

Nick Meriwether on “It’s a Hand-Me-Down”

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Deadheads have heard their favorite band’s songs covered by a wide range of other musicians, from cover bands to artists as diverse as Jane’s Addiction and Patti Smith. David Gans has long been an accomplished performer of the Grateful Dead’s songbook, and It’s A Hand-Me-Down gathers thirteen of his most inspired performances in a beautifully sequenced release that will delight old friends and new fans alike. From impassioned electric takes to soulful acoustic impressions, Gans draws out subtle nuances and plumbs hidden depths in even the most familiar chestnuts, proving that the Dead’s music remains a vital wellspring for inspiration, innovation and improvisation. More than a cover album or even a tribute, It’s A Hand-Me-Down is a heartfelt interpretation that shines new light on a living musical tradition, one that will continue to inspire musicians and reward listeners for years to come.

Nicholas Meriwether
Grateful Dead Archivist, UC Santa Cruz

It’s a Hand-Me-Down: DG’s GD CD (and download)

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

David Gans: It’s a Hand-Me-Down
An album of “solo electric” interpretations of songs by the Grateful Dead.

Tracks: Stagger Lee, Lazy River Road, Ship of Fools-> Loser, Looks Like Rain, Wharf Rat, Stella Blue, Black Peter-> New Speedway Boogie, Deal, Terrapin Station, Attics of My Life, Brokedown Palace

Available on Festivalink, Bandcamp, CDBaby, iTunes, and in 96-24 high-res from HDTracks.

CDs also available by mail! This link is for US addresses only; see below for overseas orders.


US Addresses only



Here’s a link for my overseas friends to order the CD:




BROADCASTERS: “FCC-Clean” edit of “Wharf Rat” here

“It’s a Hand-Me-Down” online sources

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

David Gans: It’s a Hand-Me-Down (2015) PERF-14

An album of “solo electric” interpretations of songs by the Grateful Dead.

Available on Festivalink, Bandcamp, CDBaby, iTunes, etc. CDs also available by mail.

Tracks: Stagger Lee, Lazy River Road, Ship of Fools-> Loser, Looks Like Rain, Wharf Rat, Stella Blue, Black Peter-> New Speedway Boogie, Deal, Terrapin Station, Attics of My Life, Brokedown Palace

BROADCASTERS: “FCC-Clean” edit of “Wharf Rat” here

“Wharf Rat” for broadcasters

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

We mixed a version of “Wharf Rat” without the “f-word,” for radio programmers who would like to play the song.
You can download it here. And if you’re a radio broadcaster who would like to hear the rest of It’s a Hand-Me-Down, drop me a note and I’ll hook you up.

“It’s a Hand-Me-Down” on Bandcamp

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

It’s a Hand-Me-Down is now available for download via Bandcamp.