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DG’s daily livestream

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022

Photomontage by Craig Rutman

Livestream 4-5pm PT daily:


Previous performances are archived at Facebook and YouTube

Tip jar, CDs, signed books, and mugs:

Here is a list of all the songs I have played since 4/4/20, from most-played to least.
* = original song

*Blue Roses 116
*The Town That Still Believes in Magic 112
Box of Rain 108
*It’s Gonna Get Better 106
Days Between 95
Scarlet Begonias 94
Looks Like Rain 93
Terrapin Station 93
Brokedown Palace 88
Friend of the Devil 86
Stella Blue 84
Ship of Fools 83
*Cassidy’s Cat 83
Wharf Rat 82
Sitting in Limbo 81
*Save Us from the Saved 78
*Jam 76
Pancho and Lefty 75
*River and Drown 71
*Summer by the Bay 71
New Speedway Boogie 71
*Be Like Earl 70
Forever 70 (Ira Marlowe)
Althea 69
*That’s Real Love 69
Norwegian Wood 69
*Leave Me 66
Bird Song 64
*Hooker River 64
Dark Star 62
Lazy River Road 62
*Life Is a Jam 62
Black Throated Wind 62
*Like a Dog 62 (Hunter-Gans)
Touch of Grey 60
Promised Land 60
*An American Family 59
*The Folk Process 57
Down to Eugene 57 (Jim Page)
*Travelin’ Man 54
*Shove in the Right Direction 54
*Your Movie 52
Dear Mr Fantasy 52
Attics of My Life 52
*Jacqueline 52
Shakedown Street 52
Miss That Car 50 (Joe Burke)
Our Lady of the Well 49
Me and Bobby McGee 48
US Blues 48
Broken Arrow 48
Candyman 47
Deal 47
Black Muddy River 44
High Time 44
It Must Have Been the Roses 43
You’ve Got a Friend 41
Cold Rain and Snow 41
In Another World 41
*The Minstrel 41
*Ran into God 41
She Loves You [C] 39
Ready for the Times to Get Better 39
Sugaree 39
Here Comes Sunshine 38
Sugar Magnolia 38
Loser 37
*Quarter to Five (for Tina Loney) 37
The Wheel 37
For Everyman 36
Keep Your Day Job 36
Happy Together 36
Mr Soul 36
*These Apartments 36
*Shut Up and Listen 36 (Hunter-Gans)
Jack Straw 35
*Therapy Blues 34 (Rut-Gans)
Willin’ 32
Mason’s Children 32
Not Fade Away 31
He’s Gone [C] 31
Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues 30
Ripple 30
Thunder Road 30
Let It Rock 30
Standing on the Moon 30
Watching the Detectives 29
Mr Tambourine Man 29
Turn! Turn! Turn! 28
Help! [D] 28
A Goddamn Thing 28 (Mr Smolin)
To Lay Me Down 28
Ramble On Rose 28
They Love Each Other 28
*Dawn’s Early Light 27
*Trying 27
When I Paint My Masterpiece 27
In My Life 27
*Surely You Jest 26
I Saw Her Standing There 25
*The Bounty of the County 25
*Waltzing Across Texas 25
Midnight Moonlight 24
Brown-Eyed Women 24
*Listen 23
*High Guy 23
What’s So Funny About Peace, Love, and Understanding? 23
California Dreamin’ 23
You Won’t See Me 23
Rocket Man 23
Desperado 22
*Crazy Crazy Crazy 22
*Wherever I Am 22
Impressionist Two-Step 22
Uncle John’s Band 22
*Sovereign Soul 21
The Harder They Come 21
Jackaroe 21
Fire on the Mountain 21
Your Song 21
Across the Universe 20
Black Peter 20
Tennessee Jed 20
Beautiful Despair 20
Season of the Witch 20
*Honeydew 20
This Land Is Your Land 19
Do You Believe in Magic? 19
Here Comes the Sun 19
I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight 19
I Should Have Known Better 19
Bertha 19
Seven Story Mountain 18
Franklin’s Tower 18
*Who Killed Uncle John? 18
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 18
The Letter 18
Yesterday 17
All Along the Watchtower 17
Take It Easy 17
One More Saturday Night 17
Things We Said Today 17
Yellow Moon 17
Stagger Lee 17
For No One 17
Gomorrah 16
Eleanor Rigby 16
Gulf Coast Highway 16
Mexicali Blues 16
Moonshadow 16
Up on Cripple Creek 15
Love Potion #9 15
Me and My Uncle 15
Hotel California 14
Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain 14
St Stephen 14
Get Together 14
All My Lovin’ 14
Mississippi Halfstep 14
Sultans of Swing 14
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue 14
Elvis Imitator 13
For a Dancer 13
*Desert of Love 13
Fennario 13
Positive Friction 13
The Weight 13
Where I Come From 13
*Caroline 12
*Headin’ Home Already 12
Boulder to Birmingham 12
You’re Gonna Lose That Girl 12
Secret Agent Man 12
Four Strong Winds 12
Catch the Wind 12
Cinnamon Girl 12
Bluebird 12
Stuck inside of Mobile… 11
Guilty 11
Return of the Grievous Angel 11
Dixie Chicken 10
Panama Red 10
*Autumn Day 10
Cassidy 10
Before the Deluge 10
Henry 10
Blue Umbrella 10
If I Fell 10
Sounds of Silence 10
Born to Be Wild 9
Eight Days a Week 9
Night Crawl 9
Wild Horses 9
Ticket to Ride 9
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da [C] 9
Solitary Man 9
Catfish John 9
Mountains of the Moon 9
Dupree’s Diamond Blues 9
Scene of the Crime 9
A Life of Illusion [E] 8
Sweet Baby James 8
Back in the USSR 8
I Know You Rider [A] 8
Mama Tried 8
Beat It on Down the Line [A] 8
Let It Be 8
Big River 8
You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away 8
Defying Gravity 8
Seeds and Stems 8
*Echolalia 8
*Prophet and Loss 7
Father and Son 7
Paperback Writer 7
Until I Gain Control Again 7
Mr Charlie 7
Peaceful Easy Feeling 7
What a Day for a Daydream 7
Mission in the Rain 7
Within You Without You 7
Row Jimmy 7
Psycho Killer 7
Sugar Mountain 7
El Paso 7
Hippie from Olema 6
Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters 6
Get Back 6
*Popstar 6
Tell Me Why 6
Truckin’ 6
Please Please Me [G] 6
Rubin and Cherise 6
Yellow Submarine 6
Alabama Getaway 6
Just a Little Light (Em) 6
On the Road Again (Willie) 5
Puff, the Magic Dragon 5
Someday Soon 5
Here, There, and Everywhere [C] 5
Blackbird 5
Counting Flowers on the Wall 5
One After 909 5
Colours 5
My Sisters and Brothers 5
The Times, They Are A-Changin’ 5
Normal 5
Dire Wolf 5
Sin City 5
*Distance to the Door 5
Green Eyes 5
The Fool on the Hill 5
There Is a Mountain 5
For What It’s Worth 5
Operator 5
Monkey and the Engineer 5
*Falling Star 5
The Wind 5
Till the Morning Comes 4
Silvio 4
Danny’s Song 4
Cousin Caterpillar 4
Help Me Make It Thru the Night 4
Helplessly Hoping 4
What’s Your Name? 4
Morning Dew 4
If I Had the World to Give 4
Forever Young 4
King of the Road 4
Do You Want to Know a Secret? 4
Last Train to Clarksville 4
Like a Rolling Stone 4
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere 4
Mississippi 4
Casey Jones 4
Lovely Rita 4
Rocky Raccoon [Em] 4
San Rafael Swell 4
Goin’ Down the Road Feelin’ Bad 4
Foolish Heart 4
Sing Me Back Home 4
And It Stoned Me 4
Wild Horse Valley 4
Lodi 4
I Bid You Good Night 4
Powderfinger 4
Liberty [C] 4
Last Lonely Eagle 4
Bubbles in My Beer 3
Next Time You See Me 3
Can’t Buy Me Love 3
Crazy Fingers 3
White Rabbit 3
Girl 3
Take Me Home, Country Roads 3
Bartender’s Blues 3
You’re Still on My Mind 3
I Feel Fine 3
Angel from Montgomery 3
She Belongs to Me 3
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right 3
Love Me Two Times 3
*The Nightmare 3
The Losing End 3
Every Night 3
Man We Was Lonely 3
Political Science 3
Love Me Do 3
Quinn the Eskimo 3
You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere 3
Hurdy Gurdy Man 3
*Live One 3
*Monica Lewinsky 3
Run Rudolph Run 3
Heaven 3
I’ll Cry Instead 3
China Doll 3
Dock of the Bay 2
After the Gold Rush 2
Helpless 2
Birds 2
I’m Looking Through You 2
Playing in the Band 2
The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion) 2
Dead Flowers 2
Cumberland Blues 2
Lonesome LA Cowboy 2
The Boxer 2
Bungalow Bill 2
*Other Love 2
I Got a Name 2
Desolation Row 2
Lonesome Fugitive 2
Hey Jude 2
Any Naked Eye 2
Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow) 2
Illegal Smile 2
Act Naturally 2
I Shall Be Released 2
All Together Now 2
Early Morning Rain 2
Summer in the City 2
A Hard Day’s Night 2
The Night Before 2
Time in a Bottle 2
Salt Lake City 2
Wheels 2
Memphis, Tennessee 2
The Greatest Discovery 2
I Want to Hold Your Hand 2
Folsom Prison Blues 2
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry 2
Two of Us 2
Love Minus Zero/No Limit 2
The 59th Street Bridge Song 2
Longer Boats 2
Mr Bojangles 2
It’s All Over Now 2
One Time One Night [G] 2
My Girl 2
Good Lovin’ 2
I Can’t Sleep 2
Where Do the Children Play? 2
Teach Your Children 2
Crazy 1
One of These Days 1
Coat of Many Colors 1
If I Had a Hammer 1
Might as Well 1
You Win Again 1
Russian Lullaby 1
Eat Myself to Death 1
I’ll Follow the Sun 1
As Tears Go By 1
Breaking Us in Two 1
Good Day Sunshine 1
Rain on the Roof 1
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down 1
Deep Elem Blues 1
That’s It for The Other One 1
Don’t Pass Me By 1
Christmas in Prison 1
Can’t Hurry Love 1
Bad Moon Risin’ 1
No Place Like the Right Time 1
Let the Mystery Be 1
Goin’ Back to Georgia 1
Hello in There 1
Shelter Me 1
Nowhere Man 1
WS Walcott Medicine Show 1
Ain’t No There There 1
Be Here and Now 1
Berkeley Girl 1
Just Watchin’ the Show 1
Around and Around 1
Bottle Let Me Down 1
Feelin’ Single, Seein’ Double 1
Diamond Joe 1
Help Me Rhonda 1
Kilkelly 1
Please Don’t Bury Me 1
Good Night Irene 1
On the Way Home 1
Both Sides Now 1
*Sailors 1
Watching the Wheels 1
In the Midnight Hour 1
Lady Madonna 1
Ophelia 1
Silver Threads and Golden Needles 1
Brown-Eyed Girl [G] 1
Breakdown 1
Margaritaville 1
Cherokee Rider 1
Shelter from the Storm [C] 1
Song for Adam 1
What a Wonderful World 1
Lyin’ Eyes 1
After Midnight 1
Tequila Sunrise 1
The Road to Findout 1
Piggies 1
Well All Right 1
Heart of Gold 1
The Battle of New Orleans 1
A Child’s Claim to Fame 1
Homeward Bound 1
My Baby’s Gone 1
Eve of Destruction 1
Land of the Navajo 1
Six Days on the Road 1
Wild World 1
Ramblin’ Man 1
Tear My Stillhouse Down 1
The First Episode at Hienton 1
*Afterbird 1

Gans gig update

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Happy Holy Daze, friends and fans and family!

The first bit of big news is that Blair Jackson and I met our deadline! Our manuscript, This Is All A Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead, was turned in on time and we are now in the process of editing. It will be published next fall. More details when we know ’em!

This means I am now able to get back to music.

2014 has been an eventful and musically satisfying year, despite my having scaled back on the gigs for the last few months while I worked on the book.

A free-form jamming ensemble sprang up after a couple of holiday-party jams and acquired a name as well as considerable creative momentum. The Known Unknown is Phil Savell and me on guitar; Zach Partain on bass; and Neil Hampton on percussion. We played with a great variety of guests over the course of the year, and we’re on track to play more gigs in 2015.

Sweet Blossom is a new ensemble whose motto is “Grateful Dead Done Differently”: Jacob Groopman on mandolin on vocals; Jeff Hobbs on fiddle and sax and vocals; Roger Sideman on bass and vocals; Neil Hampton on drums; and me on guitar an vocals. We’re playing December 27 in San Francisco (with Russell Ives covering for Jacob, who will be out of town), January 7 at Sweetwater in Mill Valley, and January 10 at the Ashkenaz in Berkeley.

My long-time friendship and musical collaboration with Eric Rawlins, which mostly manifests at private events and performances for shut-ins organized by Bread and Roses, breaks out into public view twice in the next few weeks: This Saturday at a house concert in El Cerrito, and Thursday 1/8 at Duende in Oakland. Eric and I have released two duo recordings: Home By Morning (1997) and Desert Wind, Rollin’ River, (2011). The latter was recorded in my living room by Stephen Barncard, who is best known for recording the Grateful Dead’s American Beauty and David Crosby’s If I Could Only Remember My Name. Both CDs are available from (and we’ll have ‘em for sale at the gigs, of course).

My collaboration with Cincinnati’s Rumpke Mountain Boys continues. I’ll be with them in Newport KY on New Year’s Eve, and we’re planning more collaborations for 2015.

And of course, I continue to perform my “solo electric” show all over the place: festivals, clubs, farmers’ markets, and house concerts. I’ve got a southwest tour scheduled for February 5-15, and lots more in the works for later in the year.

As just in case you thought I wasn’t going in enough directions all at once, I’m doing other pure-improvisation gig here and there with other partners. TOMORROW NIGHT, December 18, I’ll be at the Monkey House in Berkeley with J Raoul Brody on keyboards, Robin Sylvester on bass, and Neil Hampton on percussion. No plans: we’re just gonna start playing and see what happens.


Here is the current schedule. More info at, and more gigs will be posted there as they are confirmed.

  • Saturday, December 20, 2pm: house concert in El Cerrito CA. Solo and with special guest Eric Rawlins (performing songs from our album Desert Wind, Rollin’ River). $10-20 sliding scale. Email for info/reservations.
  • Saturday, December 27: Sweet Blossom (DG, Russell Ives, Jeff Hobbs, Roger Sideman, Neil Hampton) opens for Lonesome Locomotive at the Brick and Mortar Music Hall, San Francisco
  • Tuesday, December 30: Stanley’s Pub, Cincinnati w/ members of Rumpke Mountain Boys
  • Wednesday, December 31, 7pm: Rumpke Mountain Boys’ Grateful NYE Ball featuring David Gans, Born Cross Eyed, and Restless Leg String Band. Thompson House, Newport KY. Link to Facebook event
  • Friday, January 2: Plain Folk Cafe, 10177 State Route 132, Pleasant Plain, OH. Free show!
  • Wednesday, January 7, 8pm: Sweet Blossom at Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley CA. Free show!
  • Thursday, January 8, 9pm: Duende, Oakland CA. Solo and with special guest Eric Rawlins (performing songs from our album Desert Wind, Rollin’ River). Advance tickets are available here.
  • Saturday, January 10: Sweet Blossom (DG, Jacob Groopman, Jeff Hobbs, Roger Sideman, Neil Hampton) with Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman at the Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. All-ages show!
  • Friday, January 16: The Known Unknown at Second Act, San Francisco
  • Saturday, January 17: The Known Unknown at the Art House Gallery, Berkeley CA
  • Thursday, February 5: House concert in Van Nuys CA. Potluck at 7, music at 8. $10-20 sliding scale. Email for info/reservations
  • Friday, February 6: House concert in Tempe AZ. Potluck at 6, music at 7. $10-20 sliding scale.Email for info/reservation
  • Saturday, February 7: House concert in Cornville AZ. Potluck at 6, music at 7. $10-20 sliding scale. Email for info/reservation
  • Sunday, February 8, 8pm: DG and Top Dead Center at the Boondocks, 3306 N 1st Ave, Tucson AZ. $8 at the door.
  • Saturday, February 14: House concert i Albuquerque NM. Potluck at 6, music at 7. $10-20 sliding scale. Email for info/reservations
  • Sunday, February 15: Orpheum Theatre, Flagstaff AZ. Free show! Doors at 6, music at 7.