Rumpke Mountain Boys play “Jacqueline”

January 1st, 2018

Toward the end of last night’s amazing New Year’s Eve Ball in Cincinnati, I heard the Rumpke Mountain Boys performing my song “Jacqueline” (from Home By Morning, the album (with Eric Rawlins) I released in 1998. A delightful surprise!

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1528

December 31st, 2017

Week of January 1, 2018

Part 1 36:45
Grateful Dead 5/19/74 Coliseum, Portland OR
TICO TICO
TRUCKIN’->
JAM->
NOT FADE AWAY->
GOIN’ DOWN THE ROAD FEELIN’ BAD

Part 2 18:26
Grateful Dead 5/19/74 Coliseum, Portland OR
ONE MORE SATURDAY NIGHT
~
US BLUES

The Barton Hills Choir, Dead Songs vol. 1
TOUCH OF GREY

I had the good fortune of being in attendance at the Portland Coliseum on May 19, 1974. This was the Wall of sound era, with amazingly clean sound and brilliant, committed collective improvisation by a band at one of its many creative peaks. This sequence, beginning when the second set was well under way, began with a quick and spirited performance of “Tico Tico,” a Brazilian song composed about a hundred years ago and made famous in the 1940s by Carmen Miranda and others. And then the band launches into Truckin’ and we’re off and running. This is one of those occasions when the set list doesn’t do justice to the many twists and turns the band took along the way. Such a brilliant and utterly unique stretch of Grateful Dead Music!

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Red Roses, Green Gold – A new show featuring the songs of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter, now extended by popular demand through March 18th. The New York Times proclaims “Deadheads be grateful!” It’s playing in New York City’s Greenwich Village at the Minetta Lane Theatre. Tickets are available at RedRosesGreenGold.com.

The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. On Saturday, Jan 20, Circles Around The Sun, the band that provided the freewheeling music that kept the crowds dancing during Fare Thee Well’s intermission, plays with Grateful Dead tribute Stella Blue’s Band. Every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Kind words from a beloved colleague

December 24th, 2017

The logrolling is inevitable here. Barry‘s praise is extra precious to me because of my deep regard for his work. I love his records, and I love his trilogy The Miranda Complex (volume 3 of which is coming VERY soon!).

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1527

December 24th, 2017

Week of December 25, 2017

Part 1 37:31
Dead & Company 11/16/17 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
DARK STAR->
TRUCKIN’

Part 2 17:49
Dead & Company 11/16/17 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
DEAR PRUDENCE
Holly Bowling, Better Left Unsung (Royal Potato Family)
CRAZY FINGERS

Dead & Company live shows are available in a variety of formats from livedead.co

Holly Bowling’s Better Left Unsung is a double CD of solo piano interpretations of Grateful Dead songs. She’s been on the road all year in support of this record. Catch her if you can!

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Red Roses, Green Gold – A New Show from MWM Live by Michael Norman Mann, featuring the songs of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter. Playing in New York City’s Greenwich Village at the Minetta Lane Theatre. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com or RedRosesGreenGold.com.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Colorado blues-rockers and H.O.R.D.E. Tour alumni Big Head Todd and The Monsters play The Cap on January 27. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

DROP THE BONE – CD and bonus disc now available!

December 21st, 2017

Drop the Bone




Drop the Bone is David Gans‘s new studio album of songs and improvisations, featuring Holly Bowling, Bob Bralove, J Raoul Brody, Jordan Feinstein, Terry Haggerty, Neil Hampton, John Hanes, Joe Kyle Jr., Robin Sylvester, Rubber Souldiers, Eric & Suzy Thompson, and other musicians.

Life Is a Jam
Be Like Earl
Summer By the Bay
River and Drown
Pleased to Meet You, part 2
Your Movie
That Strain We like
Box of Rain
Pancho and Lefty
Quarter to Five (for Tina Loney)
Here Comes the Sun

Drop the Bone is also available on bandcamp and nugs.net

Also available: the Drop the Bone Bonus Disc:

Summer By the Bay (radio edit)
Life Is a Jam (radio edit)
Pancho and Lefty (radio edit)
Be Like Earl (2015 studio demo)
Pleased to Meet You, part 1
Life Is a Jam (alternate take, with jam)
Summer By the Bay (alternate take, with jam)


Drop the Bone




Profile of Fairyland’s C.J. Hirschfield

December 18th, 2017

I scored a delightful assignment: a profile (with photos) of my dear friend C.J. Hirschfield for the Splash Pad News.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1526

December 17th, 2017

Week of December 18, 2017

Part 1 27:08
Dead & Company 11/25/17 Nationwide Arena, Columbus OH
CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER->
IF I HAD THE WORLD TO GIVE->
I KNOW YOU RIDER

Part 2 28:41
Dead & Company 12/1/17 American Airlines Center, Dallas TX
DEEP ELLEM BLUES
Dead & Company 11/21/17 Capital One Arena, Washington DC
DEAL
David Gans, Drop the Bone (Perfectible Recordings)
SUMMER BY THE BAY

Great to hear the sweet tenor of bassist Oteil Burbridge a little more on this tour. He’s taking the Jerry ballads to wonderful new places! “If I Had the World to Give” appeared on the Dead’s 1978 album Shakedown Street but was only performed live a handful of times by the Dead.

Dead & Company live shows are available in a variety of formats from livedead.co

My new studio album is called Drop the Bone. You can read about it, hear some samples, and download it from bandcamp right now! It’s got eight original songs and jams, plus one GD favorite (“Box of Rain”), the Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun,” and the Townes Van Zandt classic “Pancho and Lefty.”

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Red Roses, Green Gold – A New Show from MWM Live by Michael Norman Mann, featuring the songs of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter. Playing in New York City’s Greenwich Village at the Minetta Lane Theatre. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com or RedRosesGreenGold.com.

The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. Big Head Todd and the Monsters bring their legendary blues-rock at The Cap on Saturday, January 27. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com

January tour with The Grass Is Dead

December 12th, 2017

Delighted to be hitting the road with The Grass Is Dead in January!

Friday, January 19: Gypsy Sally’s, Washington DC
Saturday, January 20: Rex Theater, Pittsburgh PA
Sunday, January 21: The Winchester, Lakewood OH. Advance tickets here
Wednesday, January 24: Brooklyn Bowl. Advance tickets here
Thursday, January 25: Funk ‘n’ Waffles, Syracuse NY. Advance tickets here
Friday, January 26: Buffalo Iron Works in Buffalo NY. Advance tickets here

More info, and more gigs, here!

Back Home Festival, end of June 2018 in WV

December 12th, 2017

Really happy to be on this bill! Back Home Appalachian Arts & Music Festival 6/29-7/1/18 in New Martinsville WV!

More gigs and more info here.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1525

December 10th, 2017

Week of December 11, 2017

Part 1 33:43
Grateful Dead 4/15/78 William & Mary Hall, Williamsburg, VA
NOT FADE AWAY->
MORNING DEW
AROUND AND AROUND

Part 2 23:07
Grateful Dead 4/15/78 William & Mary Hall, Williamsburg, VA
ONE MORE SATURDAY NIGHT
Mickey Hart, RAMU
JERRY
Dead & Company 11/21/17 Capital One Arena, Washington DC
CASSIDY

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Red Roses, Green Gold – A New Show from MWM Live by Michael Norman Mann, featuring the songs of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter. Playing in New York City’s Greenwich Village at the Minetta Lane Theatre. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com or RedRosesGreenGold.com.

The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. Wednesdays at Garcia’s are dedicated to, you guessed it, the Grateful Dead. Nyack’s own Dead Meat honors the music you know and love on Wednesday, January 3. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

More BHC/DG: in the studio

December 9th, 2017

The day after our live performance at Stephen F Austin High School, Barton Hills Choir director Gavin Tabone brought me to his classroom at Barton Hills Elementary to record a vocal on “Uncle John’s Band,” for the Choir’s second album of Grateful Dead songs. After we recorded the vocal, Gavin surprised me by handing me a brand-new acoustic guitar and asking me to christen it with a second contribution to the song.

Here is the result: Uncle John’s Band by the BHC and David Gans

The Choir’s arrangement is in the key we’re all used to (G), but the groove is different. I enjoyed the challenge of coming up with something new that served the music.

DG with the Barton Hills Choir

December 8th, 2017

On Saturday, December 2, 2017, I performed with the Barton Hills Choir in Austin, Texas. Here is a YouTube clip with three selections from the program. More to come!

Goin’ Down the Road/I Know You Rider
Brokedown Palace
Ripple

(Photo by David Mead)

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1524

December 3rd, 2017

Week of December 4, 2017

Part 1 22:08
Grateful Dead 4/15/78 William & Mary Hall, Williamsburg VA
BERTHA->
GOOD LOVIN’
CANDYMAN

Part 2 33:14
Grateful Dead 4/15/78 William & Mary Hall, Williamsburg VA
SUNRISE->
PLAYING IN THE BAND->
DRUMS

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour through December 8. Complete details and ticketing at deadandcompany.com

Red Roses, Green Gold, a new show from MWM Live by Michael Norman Mann, featuring the songs of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter. Playing in New York City’s Greenwich Village at the Minetta Lane Theatre. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster dot com or RedRosesGreenGold.com.

The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. Every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s, and on Saturday, December 23, reggae superstar Matisyahu comes to The Cap with his new project, Orphan, and openers Common Kings. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1523

November 26th, 2017

Week of November 27, 2017

Part 1 25:49
Dead & Company 11/16/17 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia PA
DEAL
Dead & Company 6/15/17 Keybank Pavilion, Burgettstown PA
THROWING STONES

Part 2 30:20
Grateful Dead 4/15/78 William & Mary Hall, Williamsburg VA
BROWN-EYED WOMEN
LET IT GROW
DEAL

Dead & Company livestream all the shows, and you can buy them after the fact in a number of formats. They’re on tour through December 8.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Red Roses, Green Gold – A New Show from MWM Live by Michael Norman Mann, featuring the songs of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter. It’s playing in New York City’s Greenwich Village at the Minetta Lane Theatre. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com or RedRosesGreenGold.com.

Stremmel Auctions, announcing the December 9 online auction of items from the collection of the late Grateful Dead attorney Hal Kant. Items include art by Jerry Garcia, Jan Sawka’s stage banners from the 1989 tour, backstage passes, and more. Information at at Stremmelauctions.com or by calling Hudson Stremmel at (775) 997-3612

Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. Every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s, and Wednesday, December 13, Garcia’s hosts The Spadtastics, performing their special blend of Dead tunes. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour November 12 through December 8. Complete details and ticketing at Deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour from November 12 through December 8.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1522

November 19th, 2017

Week of November 20, 2017

Part 1 26:32
Dead & Company 11/12/17 Madison Square Garden, New York City
SAMSON AND DELILAH
WEREWOLVES OF LONDON

Grateful Dead, RFK Stadium 1989 (Rhino)
FAR FROM ME (7/12/89)
I WILL TAKE YOU HOME (7/13/89)

Part 2 29:25
Grateful Dead 4/15/78 William & Mary Hall, Williamsburg, VA
MISSISSIPPI HALFSTEP
PASSENGER
FRIEND OF THE DEVIL
EL PASO

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour November 12 through December 8. Complete details and ticketing at deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour from November 12 through December 8.

Red Roses, Green Gold – A New Show from MWM Live by Michael Norman Mann, featuring the songs of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter. Playing in New York City’s Greenwich Village at the Minetta Lane Theatre. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com or RedRosesGreenGold.com.


The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Hot Tuna, featuring legends Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, are joined by guitarist Steve Kimock at The Cap on December 8! Tickets on sale now. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Stremmel Auctions, announcing the December 9 online auction of items from the collection of the late Grateful Dead attorney Hal Kant. Items include art by Jerry Garcia, Jan Sawka’s stage banners from the 1989 tour, backstage passes, and more. Information at at Stremmelauctions.com or by calling Hudson Stremmel at (775) 997-3612