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Fragile Thunder plays Streamstock Today! (Sun 11/21)

Sunday, November 21st, 2021

Today, 5-8pm Pacific! Fragile Thunder quasi-reunion at Streamstock!

Fragile Thunder is Anela Lauren (Celtic harp, vocals), Stephen Inglis (slack-key guitar, vocals), and David Gans (guitar, vocals). We were joined by Robin Sylvester on our CD One Afternoon Long Ago. (See photo below)

It’s not possible for us to play together from our three separate locations, but we’ll take turns singing and playing and talking story.

Streamstock is a wonderful new online performance space (I think of it as a virtual house concert venue). You attend in groups of up to 6, in virtual rooms where you can interact with each other – and where the performers pop in and visit before and after the show!

We’ll gather at 5pm Pacific; show will go from 5:30 to 7:30, and then we’ll have another half hour after the performance to visit with you in your rooms. You can find out more about it, and score your tickets, at

If you need a copy of One Afternoon Long Ago, order it here!
One Afternoon Long Ago

Dead Air with Lambert and Gans

Saturday, September 4th, 2021

Gary Lambert and I are hosting a chat show in the set breaks of‘s livestreams of the Dead & Company tour. DEAD AIR WITH LAMBERT AND GANS has been great fun so far! Here are the eight shows we have done to date:

Aug 18 Don Was
Aug 20 Steven Feld, Cameron Sears
Aug 23 Blair Jackson, Regan McMahon
Aug 25 Mikaela Davis
Aug 27 Jesse Jarnow
Aug 28 Branford Marsalis
Sep 2 Mark Pinkus
Sep 3 Joe Russo

The interviews are included in the Set II Previews posted for every show at Be sure to check out the music, too – this band is amazing!

The livestreams are great! Available now in 4K as well as HD. Audio downloads, too! I get them the next morning for my radio shows.

Storewide sale at

Monday, July 12th, 2021

20% off everything in the online store,! Use code JULY21

My co-author lives down the street, so if you order This Is All a Dream… it’ll be signed by both of us!

20% off everything in the online store,! Use code JULY21

One Afternoon Long Ago

20% off everything in the online store,! Use code JULY21

Daily livestreams continue!

Sunday, April 18th, 2021

I’m playing a live show every day!

Tuesday through Sunday, 4-5pm Pacific time: Facebook/dgansmusic and CashOrTrade

Monday, 3-4:15 Pacific time: Facebook/deadheadland and CashOrTrade and

Buy CDs and SIGNED books at

My tip jars:

SFAS interview with John Curl

Monday, April 12th, 2021

The San Francisco Audiophile Society asked me to interview John Curl about his work on the Grateful Dead’s sound systems over the years. The conversation took place via Zoom on Saturday, April 3, 2021. SFAS posted the video here.

This was actually my second interview with Curl for SFAS. The first one, on October 20, 2018, wasn’t recorded; they asked us to do it again for the archive. Here is SFAS’s writeup of the first one.

“Shooting the Shit with Guberman & Gans” + Robin Sylvester!

Monday, January 18th, 2021

Scott Guberman asked me if I’d like to try doing an online talk show with him. Being open-minded and adventurous, I said “Hell yes!” Rosemarie Inati, also open-minded and adventurous, invited us to do it on Streamstock, her new online performance “VenYou.”

TITLE: Robin Sylvester is Shooting the Shit with Scott Guberman and David Gans
DATE: Tuesday, January 26, 2021
TIME: 5:00PM – 7:00PM PST
WHERE: Streamstock.TV a Video Chat Virtual VenYou
PRICE: $35.95 / 2 Hour Room (Up to 6 Users, Purchasing Host +5 friends)

Premiering Tuesday, January 26, 2021 from 5:00PM – 7:00PM PST, Robin Sylvester is shooting the Shit with Scott Guberman and David Gans on Streamstock.TV and they’re inviting you to Shoot the Shit too!

Hey hey, hey, come right away! Gather your friends in Streamstock’s new cutting edge Video Chat Party Rooms powered by GroupView. A unique space for friends to hang out, connect and enjoy watching high quality streams together.
Hey hey, hey, oh, by the way, come and party! The adventure begins as your crew settles down easy, while a slideshow of amazing touring photography plays as Scott Guberman and David Gans hop room to room to say, “Hey Now!” Then Robin Sylvester from RatDog will join them and Shoot the Sh*t for a Live Chat in the player window. Customize your experience using special features such as individual volume controls & mute/STFU buttons on each viewer’s window as well as full frame viewing options.

Come and join the party! $35.95 for 2 Hour Room (Host + up to 5 friends,) (As Low As $5.99 per person.) To purchase room click link:

Streamstock “virtual house concert” Sun 12/13

Sunday, December 6th, 2020

“Virtual house concert”Sunday, December 13, 4-7pm PT


More info to come.

DG profiled in Splash Pad News

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020

Lovely article by C.J. Hirschfield in the December Splash Pad News, a wonderful neighborhood publication by Ken Katz.

David Gans: Every Silver Lining’s Got a Touch of Grey

My books and music are available at

Complete discography is here

I play a live set online every afternoon!

Tuesday through Sunday 4-5pm on Facebook/dgansmusic and Cash or Trade

Monday 3-4:15pm
on Facebook/deadheadland and Cash or Trade

Asking for donations via Paypal, Venmo, and

Virtual house concert Fri 11/27

Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

Streamstock Presents a Virtual House Concert with David Gans – Interpreting the ‘Ballads’ of Jerry Garcia

Friday, November 27, 7-9:00 PM EST / 4-6PM PST in Streamstock’s new online VenYou – Go to Streamstock’s FB page for the link and a sample video of the party room.

Enjoy a high-quality audio and video stream while watching with your friends, via Video Chat room. It’s like going out with your friends again to enjoy a show, but safely from your home.

NOTE: Host must have Chrome and should use their desktop/laptop…But the invited guests can use any device.

Tickets and more information here!

“Blue Roses” on WHYY’s online “house concert”

Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

My song “Blue Roses” was included in WHYY’s online house concert series this week!

It’s on YouTube, too!

I play a live show every day!

Tuesday through Sunday 4pm Pacific, 7pm Eastern on dgansmusic and cashortrade

Monday 3pm Pacific, 6pm Eastern
on deadheadland, cashortrade, and

Hoping for donations at:

Buy CDs and SIGNED books at

David’s daily livestreams

Sunday, October 11th, 2020

I play a live show EVERY DAY!!

Tuesday-Sunday 4pm Pacific, 7pm Eastern

Monday 3-4:15pm Pacific, 6-7:15pm Eastern

I am playing for tips, and appreciating donations at:

Buy books and music at
My co-author, Blair Jackson, lives down the street, so if you order a copy of This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead it’ll be signed by both of us!

Photo by James Goldman

Article about DG’s daily livestreams

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

Monika Wallis shared this article on FB with this comment (reposted with her permission):

One day, the end of June, I ‘stumbled’ across this music stream, which literally changed my life, during the Pandemic. Being a Deadhead, I knew of David Gans, but now I know him. Every day I get an hour of calm, healing, retreat & being with others in my culture who are like minded. On my Birthday, I requested 9 songs of which he played all, to my surprise. This is a great article about him. Give him a listen, you won’t regret!

David Gans Live-Streams Daily During the Pandemic

DG’s daily live performance

Saturday, August 29th, 2020

I play a live set every day!

Tuesday through Sunday 4pm Pacific time on my FB page @dgansmusic
Monday 3-4:15pm on Deadheadland’s FB page and

I play for tips! Appreciating donations via PayPal and Venmo

You can also support my music by buying books and music at

Here’s a taste of my “solo electric” style: “Not Fade Away” from August 12.

Festival Express promo kit

Monday, July 6th, 2020

In 2003, I received two copies of the promo kit for Festival Express, a wonderful musical documentary of the June 1970 Canadian tour that inspired the Hunter-Garcia song “Might As Well.”

If I recall correctly, the press kit included a screener DVD, bio and other info about the film, probably a few photos. Each package also included several bags of guitar picks and a case of Hempire rolling papers that had nothing that indicated a link to the film.

The guitar picks had the film’s logo stamped on them – a 100-count bag each of three different thicknesses of Jim Dunlop Tortex picks, the kind I like. The purple ones were the gauge I prefer, so I gave away the other four bags and used nothing but those purple Festival Express picks for the next ten years or more. When my supply ran low, I ordered a thousand white Tortex picks with my own logo and web site stamped on ’em in purple.

The Hempire papers were also very much to my liking, the popular 1.25 size. The two cases of papers lasted seventeen years. The last two packs are nearly depleted. I bought new papers for the first time since 2003.

It’s the end of an era, and that’s what this post is about.

DG’s daily concerts continue

Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

My daily live performances will continue until further notice!

Today (Sunday 5/3) I’m on at 3pm PT, 6pm ET

Mondays in May it’s 3-4:15pm PT

Tuesday through Saturday it’s, usually 4pm PT, 7pm ET

And here is a list of all the songs I have played so far:

1 Afterbird
5 An American Family
4 Attics of My Life
1 Autumn Day
4 Be Like Earl
1 Beautiful Despair
1 Black Peter
1 Black Muddy River
4 Black Throated Wind
2 Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
8 Blue Roses
2 Blue Umbrella
1 Born to Be Wild
1 Boulder to Birmingham
7 Box of Rain
4 Brokedown Palace
4 Broken Arrow
1 Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow)
1 Candyman
1 Caroline
6 Cassidy’s Cat
1 Catch the Wind
2 Cold Rain and Snow
1 Counting Flowers on the Wall
1 Cousin Caterpillar
2 Crazy Crazy Crazy
1 Dark Star
1 Dawn’s Early Light
1 Deal
3 Dear Mr Fantasy
1 Desperado
6 Down to Eugene
1 Echolalia
2 Elvis Imitators
1 Falling Star
1 Father and Son
1 For Everyman
1 For a Dancer
2 Four Strong Winds
5 Friend of the Devil
2 Gomorrah
3 Guilty
1 Help!
1 Henry
1 High Guy
5 High Time
2 Honeydew
2 Hooker River
1 I Bid You Good Night
1 I Can’t Sleep
1 I Saw Her Standing There
1 I Should Have Known Better
1 Illegal Smile
1 Impressionist Two-Step
4 In Another World
2 In My Life
1 It Must Have Been the Roses
7 It’s Gonna Get Better
1 I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
1 Jackaroe
3 Jacqueline
3 Jam
4 Keep Your Day Job
1 Lazy River Road
3 Leave Me
6 Life Is a Jam
4 Like a Dog
1 Lonesome Fugitive
7 Looks Like Rain
3 Loser
1 Love Potion #9
2 Me and Bobby McGee
1 Memphis, Tennessee
1 Midnight Moonlight
1 The Minstrel
1 Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters
1 Moonshadow
1 Mr Bojangles
3 Mr Tambourine Man
4 New Speedway Boogie
4 Norwegian Wood
4 Not Fade Away
3 Our Lady of the Well
3 Pancho and Lefty
1 Political Science
1 Popstar
3 Quarter to Five (for Tina Loney)
1 Ramblin’ Man
2 Ran into God
1 Return of the Grievous Angel
1 Ripple
4 River and Drown
1 Rocket Man
3 Row Jimmy
6 Save Us from the Saved
2 Scarlet Begonias
1 Scene of the Crime
1 Secret Agent Man
1 Seeds and Stems
5 Shakedown Street
1 She Loves You
6 Ship of Fools
5 Shove in the Right Direction
2 Shut Up and Listen
1 Sin City
1 Sing Me Back Home
2 Sitting in Limbo
1 Solitary Man
1 Someday Soon
2 Stagger Lee
4 Stella Blue
1 Sugar Magnolia
1 Sugar Mountain
5 Sugaree
5 Summer by the Bay
1 Sweet Baby James
1 Teach Your Children
1 Tear My Stillhouse Down
7 Terrapin Station
3 That’s Real Love
3 The Bounty of the County
1 The First Episode at Hienton
1 The Losing End
6 The Town That Still Believes in Magic
1 The Wheel
2 Therapy Blues
2 These Apartments
2 Things We Said Today
2 Thunder Road
4 Touch of Grey
2 Travelin’ Man
2 Uncle John’s Band
1 Waltzing Across Texas
1 Watching the Detectives
4 Wharf Rat
1 What’s So Funny About Peace, Love, and Understanding?
1 Wheels
1 When I Paint My Masterpiece
1 Who Killed Uncle John?
1 Wild World
2 Willin’
1 Within You Without You
1 Yellow Moon
1 You Won’t See Me
2 Your Movie
1 You’re Gonna Lose That Girl
1 You’ve Got a Friend