Not for Kids Only

Not for Kids Only

by Jerry Garcia


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The second full-length collaborative effort between Jerry Garcia (guitar/vocals) and David Grisman (mandolin, mando-cello, tenor banjo, vocals) is arguably their most endearing as well. Just as its title suggests, Not for Kids Only (1993) is an album of folkie standards and traditional tunes that is -- as Grisman so eloquently depicts in his liner notes -- "our answer to 'Barney.'" The material chosen is comprised of songs they had undoubtedly encountered at one time or another during their respective careers, both of which were deeply rooted in the New Lost City Ramblers style of bluegrass, folk, and blues. The obvious kinship between the musicians radiates throughout every track as their moods alternate between light and silly "There Ain't No Bugs on Me" to the darker-edged "When First Unto This Country." The latter is a languid ballad highlighted by what is arguably Garcia's most emotive vocal in years. The same can be said of his acoustic guitar work throughout the project, which hearkens back nearly a decade-and-a-half to the Grateful Dead's 15th Anniversary "unplugged" shows in October of 1980. While Garcia and Grisman are undoubtedly the leads, they are sufficiently backed by various Grisman associates such as Joe Craven (percussion/fiddle), Matt Eakle (piccolo), Jim Kerwin (bass), and Jody Stecher (fiddle). One notable addition to the proceedings is percussionist extraordinaire Hal Blaine, who accompanies the duo in a variety of settings performing on everything from tambourine to Jew's harp. As subtlety is one of Blaine's fortes, his contributions are effortlessly integrated; especially on the cover of Elizabeth Cotten's folk standard "Freight Train" which also features Craven's trademark vocal (read: orally derived) percussion inflections. He provides a steady, chuggin' rhythm bed simulating the sound of a steam locomotive. One of the most endearing cuts is the comedic dialogue between Garcia and Grisman on "Arkansas Traveller." There is a palpable affection between the two as they quip and joke their way through this piece of affable homespun Americana. The entire disc could likewise be categorized in a similar manner, as it brings to life one of the truly original facets of the United States rich musical heritage.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/20/1993
Label: Acoustic Disc
UPC: 0715949100925
catalogNumber: 9

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerry Garcia   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Peter Welker   Trumpet
Daniel Kobialka   Violin
Hal Blaine   Percussion,Tambourine
Joe Craven   Fiddle,Percussion,Foot Stomping
Matt Eakle   Piccolo,Penny Whistle
David Grisman   Mandolin,Vocals,Track Performer,Mandocello,Tenor Banjo
Larry Hanks   Jew's Harp
Heather Katz   Violin
Jim Miller   Slap Bass
Rick Montgomery   Rhythm Guitar
Kevin Porter   Trombone
John Rosenberg   Piano
Jim Rothermel   Clarinet
Nanci Severance   Viola
Jody Stecher   Fiddle,Tenor (Vocal),Vocal Harmony
Jim Kerwin   Bass
Pamela Lanford   English Horn,Oboe
Larry Granger   Cello
William Scarlett   Harmonica

Technical Credits

Elizabeth Cotten   Composer
Jerry Garcia   Arranger,Artwork
Joe Craven   Contributor
David Dennison   Engineer
David Grisman   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Jim Miller   Contributor
Mayne Smith   Liner Notes
M. Christian   Composer
Mike Moser   Art Direction
Traditional   Composer

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Not for Kids Only 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
nannaLP More than 1 year ago
When I was in college during the 90's, I came across the "Not for Kids Only" cd through my Grateful Dead Fan son. As his daughters 1 st birthday approached he ask me to bless her with music. This seemed to be the perfect choice for him, the baby, and his wife. For all those Jerry Garcia Fans out there with kids, I would highly recommend this for its amazing silly songs such as "There Ain't No Bugs on Me" and "The Teddy Bear's Picnic."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best children's CD ever, not just for DeadHead babies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago