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Earliest known Jerry Garcia recordings to be released for the first time

on October 12, 2016, 3:15pm

In 1962, three years before the formation of Grateful Dead, a 20-year-old Jerry Garcia led a short-lived folk/bluegrass quintet called The Hart Valley Drifters. The band — which also counted longtime Grateful Dead songwriter Robert Hunter as a member — recorded a session at Stanford University’s KZFU studio. Now, five decades laters, tracks from that session will be available commercially for the first time.

Folk Time consists of 17 recordings, including traditional fares such as “Roving Gambler”, “Standing In The Need of Prayer”, and “Cripple Creek”, alongside covers of songs by Ralph Stanley and Earl Scruggs. The closing track, Walter Jacobs Vinson and Lonnie Carter’s “Sitting On Top Of The World”, would wind up on Grateful Dead’s debut album five years later.

The album is due for release on November 11th through Round Records/ATO. Take a listen to “Roving Gambler” below. The full tracklist follows.

Folk Time Artwork: 

folk time Earliest known Jerry Garcia recordings to be released for the first time

Folk Time Tracklist:
01. Band Introductions
02. “Roving Gambler” (Traditional)
03. “Ground Speed” (Earl Scruggs)
04. “Pig In A Pen” (Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith [traditional] arr. by J. Garcia)
05. “Standing In The Need Of Prayer” (Traditional)
06. “Flint Hill Special” (Earl Scruggs)
07. “Nine Pound Hammer” (Traditional)
08. “Handsome Molly” (G.B. Grayson/Henry Whitter)
09. “Clinch Mountain Backstep” (Ralph Stanley/Ruby Rakes)
10. “Think of What You’ve Done” (Carter Stanley)
11. “Cripple Creek” (Traditional)
12. “All The Good Times Have Past And Gone” (Traditional)
13. “Billy Grimes, The Rover” (Traditional)
14. “Paddy On The Turnpike (Boys, My Money’s All Gone)” (Traditional)
15. “Run Mountain” (J.E. Mainer)
16. “Sugar Baby” (Moran Dock Boggs)
17. “Sitting On Top Of The World” (Walter Jacobs Vinson/Lonnie Carter)

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