Many of us know Jerry Garcia, as the frontman of the Grateful Dead and the spiritual leader of the Deadheads. But his story doesn’t nearly begin with the Mother McRee’s Uptown Jug Champions, the acid tests or even the goings on at 710 Ashbury Street. His passion for music and his ability to play at a high standard, his penchant for story telling began much earlier. We unpack that history with Dennis McNally the Grateful Dead’s biographer and publicist for the majority of their existence.

Having read the rich and expansive liner notes and listened to the entire package several times, I can tell you, that if you are a casual fan of Garcia or a rabid Deadhead you will want to hear and read more about this classic American, to whom our culture owes a debt of gratitude. For more information please visit and do grab Jerry Garcia Before the Dead on May 11th.

Show Notes:

**First Song:** 01:03 – Man Of Constant Sorrow > Deep Elem Blues

**Interview Begins:** 06:28

**Extro Song:** 39:52 – Who Will Sing For Me > Rosa Lee McFall > Black Mountain Rag